A family affair: The transfer of wealth across generations

2 Queen Anne’s Gate London, Resolution Foundation offices, SW1H 9AA, Westminster
Tuesday 30 May 2017 (18:00-19:30)

Book launch for Inter-generational Financial Giving and Inequality: Give and Take in 21st Century Families by Karen Rowlingson.

From the establishment of primogeniture to the Bank of Mum & Dad the transfer of wealth across generations is both an ancient and very modern issue in Britain. With wealth increasingly concentrated among older generations, the issue of wealth transfers is rising up the political agenda.

The desire for families to pass wealth onto the next generation is understandable but what does it mean for wider society? Should the state should have a bigger or smaller role in the transfer of wealth across and between generations? And what would this mean for the lifetime living standards of younger generations?

As part of its ongoing Intergenerational Commission, the Resolution Foundation is hosting an event for the launch of a fascinating new book by Professor Karen Rowlingson on intergenerational wealth transfers. A panel of experts will then debate how policy makers should respond to widening inequalities across generations, before taking part in a Q&A.


David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation


  • Karen Rowlingson, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham
  • Polly Toynbee, Columnist at the Guardian
  • Warwick Lightfoot, Director of Research at Policy Exchange

2 Queen Anne’s Gate
London, SW1H 9AA

Doors open at 5.30pm when drinks will be served.