Greater religious engagement among Millennials may protect against intergenerational inequality and conflict

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Like many European societies, Britain is increasingly riven by intergenerational inequality. In our communities, economy, housing, education, labour market and welfare state, huge divides have formed in which older people tend to be better off while young people time and again get the raw end of the deal. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought this into stark relief: while older people have been at greater risk of becoming seriously ill and dying, their troubles will be largely mitigated by the successful rollout of a vaccine. Young people, on the other hand, have been far more likely to lose their jobs, suffer serious harm to their mental health, and face severe disruptions to their education. None of these will be addressed by a vaccine, and if the government’s paltry funding for ‘education catch-up’ is any indication, there is little likelihood of much being done to address them in the near future.