Young people in the U.K. in 2015 are "significantly worse" off than they were a decade before, according to a new study, as many prepare to vote for the first time in May's crucial election.
The financial situation of 18-24-year-olds has worsened across almost all key indicators between 2005 and 2010, according to a study by the Intergenerational Foundation, a U.K.-based charity focused on the rights of younger generations.
Part of the problem is that young people are less likely to vote, so politicians are less likely to target them. In the last UK election, in 2010, only 55 percent of 25-34 year olds and 44 percent of 18-24 year olds voted. Yet an increase in voting levels by 10 percent could unseat 83 MPs, according to research by the IF.
There is one key indicator which is a bright spot: the number of people of this age who are unemployed has decreased since 2010, despite a difficult economic period. This may be partly due to the increase in more flexible, but less secure, "zero hour contracts."
"It's hard to escape the conclusion that the interests of the young have been systematically sacrificed over the previous 10 years. It is a bitter irony that older generations will mainly determine the outcome of this election while the younger generation will bear the burden of paying for their excesses," Angus Hanton, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation, said in a statement.
Whether this will bring them out in droves to vote in May is one of the biggest unknowns around the election.
Here are a few charts illustrating why young people in the U.K. may be justified in feeling worse off than previous generations.