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The House of Lords threw open its doors to debaters both young and old, when the first intergenerational debate took place in the Lords chamber on Friday 7 December.

11 students and 2 members of staff from Churchill Community College attended the Big Care Debate at the House of Lords.

Up to 110 members of the University of the Third Age (U3A), an organisation for people who no longer need to work full time or look after dependent children, and the same number of 14-18 year-old students from 10 state schools across the UK, came together to take part in The Big Care Debate:

‘Who should be responsible for providing support to the vulnerable in our society?’The Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, chaired the debate which focused on social care and how our society should treat its most vulnerable members. Specifically, it highlighted how different generations are affected by social care policies and the options for improving the environment for those most in need.

The House of Lords has been working with The English-Speaking Union (ESU) to deliver the debate. The ESU has trained three intergenerational teams of students and U3A members to lead on a separate debate option each - covering the involvement of the state, the family and the third-sector in providing social care.

The teams have been assisted by mentor members of the House of Lords, Lord Haskel and Baroness Pitkeathley.In another first for the annual event, which sees the House of Lords open up its chamber to non-members, the Clerk of the Parliaments will be supporting the debate from the Clerks’ table.Watch the Big Care Debate
(to view speech forward video to 15.00.00 on timer)