Young people will be hurt the most by George Osborne's cuts to public spending, a report published on Tuesday claims.
A study by the Resolution Foundation concluded that by 2019-20 state spending on old age and health is set to be more than twice that allocated to education and economic development.
The think-tank also says there is a growing generational gap in welfare provision since the financial crisis of 2008. The report finds average spending per-head is set to fall by 12 per cent for children and 9 per cent among working-age adults.
But by contrast, per-head spending on pensioners will rise by around 19 per cent over the same period.
Matt Whittaker, chief economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: "The focus on spending cuts as the driver of deficit reduction, combined with protections for areas such as health and pensioner benefits, has created a big shift in state support towards older people – and away from children and young adults."
The findings are shown in these three graphs.
The changing generosity of welfare support - reductions for children & working-age adults, increases for pensioners pic.twitter.com/1EWYNgJvh3— ResolutionFoundation (@resfoundation) November 10, 2015
There's been a big shift in welfare spending towards pensioner benefits & significant drop in unemployment support pic.twitter.com/ynvgUauFAB— ResolutionFoundation (@resfoundation) November 10, 2015