A New Age of Inheritance: What is it and what does it mean for the UK?

23 Jan 2023 - 23 Jan 2023

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm GMT

With more wealth being transferred across generations through inheritances and gifts, the UK is entering a new ‘age of inheritance’.

Yet this wealth will not be distributed equally. This means the UK’s new ‘age of inheritance’ could amplify existing divides, and create new ones.

Join us for the launch of A New Age of Inheritance: What is it and what does it mean for the UK?, the first paper in a new programme of work at Demos.


The paper sets out the new landscape of inherited wealth in the UK and will cover:

  • The size and importance of inheritances and gifts to the UK’s economy.
  • Who the winners and losers are in the UK’s new ‘age of inheritance’, and how this intersects with existing economic and social divides.
  • How the new ‘age of inheritance’ is expected to affect people’s lives


  • Polly Curtis, CEO of Demos
  • Ben Glover, Head of Social Policy at Demos
  • Dan Goss, Researcher at Demos


  • Date: Monday 23rd January
  • Time : 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Location: Online

This event has now passed. Please watch the recording here.

Read the paper here.

About the Unlocking Inheritance programme at Demos

As the value of inheritances in the UK has doubled in recent decades and continues to increase, Demos is undertaking a new programme of work – supported by the abrdn Financial Fairness Trust – to explore what the UK’s new ‘age of inheritance’ means for the country.

To do this, we will be publishing a series of briefing papers on the topic, conducting new research on public attitudes towards inheritance and convening a series of events.

We’d love to hear from you with any questions or thoughts about our work. If you would like to get in touch, please email Dan Goss at [email protected].