EVENTS:

Care,Communities and Housing,Economics of Age,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Tuesday 24th January 2017; 16:00 (for 16:30 start) - 18:30 (followed by a short drinks reception); Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ

As the population of the UK continues to age, the demand for social care increases, as do the associated costs. How to pay for long term care is therefore a hot topic in the insurance world and amongst policy makers.

This event saw the launch of a new paper from the ILC-UK and Cass Business School which investigates different ways in which individuals can purchase and pay for insurance products specifically to help them to pay for their care costs in later life.

Chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive of the ILC-UK, the launch included a keynote presentation from report co-author Professor Les Mayhew, with responses offered by Jules Constantinou, Regional Manage, Gen Re Life/Health; Brian Fisher, Aviva/Friends Life, and Steve Lowe, Just.

Please click here to download an audio recording of the event's presentations and discussion.


The presentation slides delivered at the event can be downloaded below.

            

Care,Communities and Housing,Health,Quality of Life

Monday, 5th December 2016; 09:00 (for 09:30) – 11:30; London

In my role as Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), I will be hosting a roundtable discussion on how the Enhanced Care Worker role can be encouraged and managed.

In June 2016, ILC-UK, kindly supported by The Department of Health, conducted research and launched a report which for the first time explored the emerging role of what was termed an Enhanced Care Worker in the adult social care sector. Whilst the title of the role differs between providers, sometimes called a Care Practitioner or Senior Care Lead, it is defined as upskilling care workers to provide enhanced clinical support to the registered nurse.

The launch event and panel discussion held in the House of Lords in July 2016 stimulated an engaging and passionate discussion, and found that there was a real desire for leaders across the care homer sector to work together to develop and move towards a standardisation of the role which would benefit both staff within the sector as well as residents themselves. Many audience members expressed the desire for this conversation to continue beyond the afternoon event.

How can this role contribute towards making nursing in the care home sector more attractive? Would a national accreditation scheme be viable and desirable? And does this role align with the newly proposed Nurse Associate role?

This is an invitation only event, if you are interested in more information, please contact us at events@ilcuk.org.uk.

Health,Quality of Life

Wednesday, 16th November 2016; 17:30 (for 18:00, with canapés and refreshments) – 19:15; Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

The Jack Watters debate - tackling antimicrobial resistance in an ageing society, took place on the 16th November 2016 at the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London.

This event was dedicated to a long term supporter of the ILC and a pioneer in championing the health and well-being of ageing people, Dr. Jack Watters.

The debate was chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross (Chief Executive, ILC-UK) and saw the participation of the following speakers: 

  • Professor David Salisbury CB, Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security Chatham House
  • Matthew Edwards, Head of Mortality and Longevity, Towers Watson
  • Michelle Bresnahan, Founder, A Life for a Cure
  • Dr Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Jack Watters served as Pfizer US Vice President for External Medical Affairs. In a pharmaceutical career spanning more than thirty years, Jack pioneered the landmark Diflucan Partnership Programme; spearheaded the ‘Get Old’ campaign to promote positive attitudes and approaches to ageing, and worked tirelessly in the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS and ageing.

To celebrate Jack’s life and contribution to public health advancements around the world, the ILC-UK organised this special debate on one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: the threat posed to medicine by the rise of antimicrobial resistance. Fittingly held in the oldest operating theatre in Europe, the debate focused on what must be done to prevent (in the words of Lord O’Neill, Chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance) medicine being plunged ‘back into the dark ages’.

Senior policymakers and patient group representatives discussed the UK, and global challenge posed by antimicrobial resistance; the specific risk posed to healthy longevity; the role of vaccination in reducing antibiotic usage; and what Government and civil society can do to meet these challenges.

Please see below for the presentation slides from the event:

 
Matthew Edwards' presentation slides:

16Nov16 - The Dr Jack Watters Debate - Matthew Edwards Slides by ILC-UK on Scribd

Future of Age,Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Friday 10th June 2016; 09:15 - 16:30 (followed by a short drinks reception); The Chartered Insurance Institute, 20 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY

On Friday, 10th June 2016, ILC-UK hosted our second Retirement Income Summit, hosted by The Chartered Insurance Institute.

In 2012, ILC-UK organised our first Retirement Income Summit which provided a platform for discussion between 180 policymakers, senior insurance industry experts, business representatives, charities and academics.


Over the past 20 years, huge progress has been made in tackling pensioner poverty. Relative pensioner incomes have increased due to a combination of later retirement, the pensions “triple lock” and increased earning power of the baby boomers.

However, the future for retirement income looks less rosy. Policy change, ongoing demographic change and low investment returns are contributing to significant uncertainty. The new single tier pension will be less generous for the majority in the long term. Fewer people will find themselves receiving the more generous final salary pensions. And incomes of the next generation of retirees look likely to be lower. Three in ten of Britain’s 55-64 year olds do not have any pension savings at all.

With the end of compulsory annuitisation, retirees over the next 20 years will face many more options. Making the wrong decision could result in people living longer than their money or in greater levels of under consumption. Greater risk is being placed in the hands of retirees and there is a question as to what role there might be for collective decumulation in the future.

Navigating the retirement income maze will require greater information, advice and financial capability. Finding new ways of delivering advice to the mass market is vital. Recent and future developments in robo-advice offer some opportunity and regulators will need to find ways to ensure that they do not inadvertently create barriers to greater access to advice. In addition to at retirement financial advice, there is likely to be a growing need for mid retirement financial advice. But how can this be best delivered.

During the Retirement Income Summit, keynote speakers discussed:

  • How can individuals and industry respond best to policy change (pension freedoms, cashing in annuities and possible tax relief changes)?
  • How can future retirement income be guaranteed in a context of continuing demographic change?
  • How can providers and individuals deliver a decent income during a period of low investment returns?
  • How can we overcome consumer distrust and lack of engagement with the industry?
  • How can we deliver advice and financial capability in the future?
  • What will be the future role of housing wealth for retirement income and what is the role of extend working lives?
  • What is the potential for new products to help reduce risk for future generations of retirees?


Agenda

09:15 – 09:50 - Registration, refreshments will be served
09:50 – 09:55 - Welcome from CII - Laurence Baxter, Head of Policy & Research, The Chartered Insurance Institute
09:55 – 10:00 - Welcome by Chair - Lawrence Churchill, ILC-UK Trustee

Getting young people saving - Discussion
10:00 – 11:00 - Sam Smethers, The Fawcett Society, will chair this session. Panellists include Michelle McGagh; Kate Jopling; Helen Creighton; Claire Walsh

Innovation at retirement. Lessons from the US, opportunities and challenges
11:00 – 11:20 - Chip Castille, Managing Director, Chief Retirement Strategist, BlackRock

11:20 – 11:40 - Break, refreshments will be served

Where next for advice and guidance?
11:40 – 11:50 - Cesira Urzi Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK
11:50 – 12:00 - Michelle Cracknell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)
12:00 – 12:50 - Discussion - Panellists include Michelle Cracknell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS); Cesira Urzi Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK; Jackie Spencer, Pension and Retirement Expert for the UK's Money Advice Service; Claire Walsh, Chartered Financial Planner, Aspect8, Brighton

12:50 – 13:30 - Lunch, refreshments will be served

13:30 - Welcome by Chair - Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK

Retirement today, retirement tomorrow
13:30 – 13:55 - Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of an Ageing Society, ILC-UK
13:55 – 14:20 - Baroness Jeannie Drake, Member of the Finance Bill Sub-Committee

14:20 – 14:35 - Break, refreshments will be serve

14:35 – 15:00 - Professor David Blake, Professor of Pension Economics, Cass Business School

Pension Freedoms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
15:00 – 15:15 - Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications, Royal London
15:15 – 15:30 - Gregg McClymont, Head of Retirement Savings, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Where next for Retirement Income? Discussion and closing debate
15:30 – 16:25 - Douglas Anderson, Partner, Hymans Robertson; Andrew Tully, Pensions Technical Director, Retirement Advantage; Gregg McClymont, Head of Retirement Savings, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC; Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications, Royal London

16:25 – 16:30 - Close by chair - Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK

16:30 - 17:15 - Wine reception
 

Please see below for the presentations delivered at the Second National Retirement Income Summit 
 

Health,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), invites you to be an audience member at a high level Inquiry into the relationship between alcohol and employment in the over 50s population in the UK. The Inquiry will be led by the ILC-UK and supported by the Drink Wise Age Well partnership which brings together alcohol and ageing charities and academic institutions from across the UK.

The Inquiry will be held over three dates with each session focussing on a different theme:


Alcohol and over 50s out of work and seeking employment
Monday 18th April; 10:30 – 12:30
Committee Room 3, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0PW

Eventbrite - Alcohol and over 50s out of work and seeking employment


Alcohol and over 50s currently in employment
Friday 6th May; 10:30 – 12:30
Committee Room 3, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0PW

Eventbrite - Alcohol and over 50s currently in employment


Alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement
Monday 23rd May; 14:30 – 16:30
Committee Room 3, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0PW

Eventbrite - Alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement


You are welcome to attend any one of these Inquiry sessions. To register, click on the buttons above.

Please note that due to House of Lords security regulations, you are required to register for each session you are interested in attending. You will not be permitted entry into the House of Lords if you have not registered.

Drink Wise, Age Well is a Big Lottery Funded programme, set up to address the often hidden problems surrounding alcohol-related harm in the over 50s. As well as providing targeted community interventions, the programme will also be building a robust evidence base to assess what the biggest challenges are surrounding older adults and alcohol-related harm in the UK today. Our research has found that there is an often complex relationship between employment, unemployment, retirement and alcohol amongst the over 50s in the UK which needs to be fully understood.

In light of this, we are holding an Inquiry to reach out and engage with a wide cross section of stakeholders and generate wider political and public awareness, understanding and traction on this issue. Each Inquiry session will hear from expert witnesses, and the evidence emerging will contribute to our next annual State of the Nation report on alcohol-related harm amongst the over 50s.

During each two hour session, each expert will be invited to give an overview of their experiences and views on the topic, and audience members will have an opportunity to speak or ask questions after all of our expert witnesses have delivered their evidence to the Inquiry.

We look forward to welcoming you to any or all of the Inquiry sessions into alcohol, employment and the over 50s. If you have any queries about the Inquiry please do not hesitate to contact ILC-UK on events@ilcuk.org.uk.

Care,Communities and Housing,Economics of Age,Future of Age,Health,Intergenerational,Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Thursday 17th March 2016; 14:30 - 16:30; House of Lords, Westminster, London

We held an event to debate the impact of the 2016 Budget on the Future of Retirement Incomes. The debate, chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross and supported by the International Longevity Centre –UK’s (ILC-UK) Partners Programme, took place ahead of our Second Retirement Income Summit on 10th June and will feed into ILC-UK’s plans for the event.

Following the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in November 2015, Chancellor George Osbourne will deliver the second Budget of this Parliament’s Conservative majority Government on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

During the ILC-UK organised debate, we presented our initial analysis of the Budget, looking beyond the immediate ‘winners and losers’ commentary to consider whether the long-term challenges of low productivity, systemic under saving by private individuals and the critical underfunding of adult social care are being addressed. Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of an Ageing Society at ILC-UK presented the analysis, and was on hand to answer any questions delegates had. We also heard from Chris Noon, Partner at Hymans Robertson, and Laurence Baxter, Head of Policy & Research at The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

The 2015 Budget and the Comprehensive Spending Review confounded expectations through revealing a revised projected increase of public finance provisions of £27 billion by 2020 thereby enabling the Government to halt proposed tax credit cuts. It also saw the Chancellor stick to his promise of maintaining real terms spending on health, schools and defence while further cutting local government coffers. The 2016 Budget will undoubtedly contain its own surprises, including an anticipated announcement regarding the future of pensions tax relief just one year on from “pension freedoms”.


For more information about the ILC-UK Partners Programme, please click on the below hyperlink:
ILC-UK PARTNERS PROGRAMME

Members of the ILC-UK Partners Programme are Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti, Hymans Robertson, Legal & General, Partnership, Prudential and Retirement Advantage.

 

Please see below for Ben Franklin's presentations slides from the event.

 
Future of Age,Pensions,Quality of Life

Tuesday 1st December 2015; 08:30 (for a 09:00 start) – 10:30; Prudential Auditorium, M&G, Governors House, 5 Laurence Pountney Hill, London EC4R 0HH

This launch event of a new ILC-UK report 'Understanding Retirement Journeys: Expectations vs reality', was kindly supported by Prudential.

Building on ILC-UK’s extensive work on older consumers and on retirement income, this major research report assesses the differences between theory or popular belief about retirement and the reality of it.

The report considers how spending varies during old age and challenges pre-existing stereotypes about retired life which can be misleading and may contribute to poor planning or unrealistic expectations. This report, which incorporates new quantitative analysis and the feedback from 3 expert focus groups, will explore the role for policymakers and industry in helping us retire well.

The full report and an executive summary are available to download here.

Please see below for the presentation slides from the event.

Care,Economics of Age,Future of Age,Health,Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Tuesday, 24th November 2015; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start) – 17:00; 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

The Future of Ageing took place on Tuesday 24th November 2015 in London. For details of this year's conference, visit www.futureofageing.org.uk.

We were grateful to Eli Lilly, McCarthy & Stone, Partnership and Partnership for Change for their sponsorship of this conference, and to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Lipreading Practice, and the organisers of the IFA 2016 Conference for providing inserts for delegate packs on the day.

During the conference, we painted a picture of the future of ageing and explored the challenges and opportunities ahead. Through our unique lifecourse focus we will explored the potential impact of ageing not just on today’s older population, but also on tomorrows.

We explored five key areas:

  • The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in an ageing society.
  • The future of retirement income: Wealthy pensioners or persistent poverty?
  • The future of our economy in an ageing society: Adapting our economy to ageing?
  • The future of our built environment in an ageing society.
  • The future of ageing research.

We heard presentations from:

  • Baroness Altmann (Minister for Pensions);
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser [GCSA] and Head of the Government Office for Science);
  • Lord Willetts (Executive Chair at Resolution Foundation, and former Minister of State [Department for Business, Innovation and Skills]);
  • Lord Filkin (Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better and Chair of the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change);
  • Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies);
  • Jim Boyd (Director of Corporate Affairs at Partnership) - Jim Boyd stepped in at short notice for Steve Groves who was unwell;
  • Professor Jane Elliott (Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council);
  • Steven Baxter (Partner, Hymans Robertson);
  • Professor Ian Philp (Deputy Medical Director for Older People’s Care, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Elaine Draper (Director, Accessibility & Inclusion, Barclays)
  • Mario Ambrosi (Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Anchor) and
  • Baroness Kay Andrews (Member of the House of Lords Built Environment Committee, Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) 2006-2009)

The conference was chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross (Chief Executive, ILC-UK) and Lawrence Churchill (Trustee, ILC-UK). The full conference brochure, including biographies for each of speakers, is available to view here - ILC-UK Future of Ageing Conference Brochure

This was a paid-for conference with an early bird rate available until a few month before the conference.
 

See below for the presentations slides from the day.


See below for an agenda from the day.

ILC-UK Future of Ageing Conference 2015 - AGENDA


 


We were grateful to Eli Lilly, McCarthy & Stone, Partnership and Partnership for Change for their sponsorship of this conference, and to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Lipreading Practice, and the organisers of the IFA 2016 Conference for providing inserts for delegate packs on the day

 

   

   
 

    

 

 

Health,Quality of Life

Monday 2nd November 2015; 14:00 (for a 14:30 start) – 16:30; The Annie Altschul/ Agnes Hunt Rooms, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

ILC-UK held a panel discussion to launch the Drink Wise, Age Well programme.

The event brought together important stakeholders to discuss the growing problem of alcohol misuse in the over 50s population of the UK. Supported  by the Big Lottery Fund, Drink Wise, Age Well brings together 6 strategic partners; Addaction, the Royal Voluntary Service, International Longevity Centre UK, Drugs and Alcohol Charities Wales, Addiction Northern Ireland and the University of Bedfordshire.

With at least 20% of over 50s in the UK exceeding recommended alcohol units, and alcohol related harms significantly increasing in this age group, Drink Wise, Age Well will aim to create a healthier relationship with alcohol for the overs 50s population  through a preventative approach.

As part of our programme evaluation we have recently carried out a survey of drinking behaviour in people aged 50 and over which more than 17,000 people completed.

Joining our panel to discuss this important and growing issue were:

  • Simon Antrobus, CEO, Addaction (Chair)
  • Dr Sarah Wadd, Director, Substance misuse and Ageing Research Team at the Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire
  • Dr Kieran Moriarty, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Bolton NHS FT
  • Don Lavoie, Alcohol Programme Manager, Alcohol Team, Public Health England
  • Professor José Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK


The presentation slides from the event are availabe to view below.

Communities and Housing,Future of Age,Health,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Thursday 30th April 2015; Bloomsbury, London; 17:45 (for an 18:00 start) – 19:45, followed by a drinks reception.

BBC Question Time, with David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, presented by David Dimbleby was shown during the drinks reception following the event.

With a week to go until the General Election took place, ILC-UK and Independent Age organised a debate on Thursday 30th April. Away from the heat and fury of the election campaign, we hoped to create a chance to have a real debate to identify the most important priorities for all political parties, if the UK is truly going to rise to the challenge of a rapidly ageing population, in the next Parliament.

Following the 2014 launch of 2030 Vision: The Best and Worst Futures for Older People in the UK, Independent Age invited more than 30 opinion formers and leading charities and think tanks to blog their views on what we need to do to get ready for demographic change. The blogs kick-started a consultation which saw over 300 people respond, sharing their own hopes and fears of growing older in the UK. The results of this consultation were published in Independent Age’s November 2014 document, ‘2030 Vision: What we have learnt’ – http://www.independentage.org/media/894910/2030visioninterim.pdf.

Six big themes emerged:

  • Ageist attitudes still exist and many people worry they will face discrimination or becoming hidden members of society
  • Older people worry about the cost of living and many fear they are being financially squeezed
  • Older people are increasingly concerned about the future quality and sustainability of health and social care services
  • Older people worry about feeling lonely, but they also have concerns about feeling cut off as digital services increasingly replace face-to-face service provision
  • Older people want to continue making a positive contribution to their neighbourhoods and communities
  • Older people have a keen sense of what’s fair and how their contributions should be rewarded in retirement, but they also worry about how their children and grandchildren will fare

During this debate we considered older people’s main concerns as identified in the consultation and identified the priority areas that any incoming government should focus on. We hope to include these in an open letter which would be sent to the leaders of the three main political parties after the election, outlining how organisations working on older people’s issues believe we can build a better future for older people in the UK.

Speakers and panellists included: Briony Gunstone (YouGov), Caroline Abrahams (Age UK), Claire Turner (JRF) and Paul Cann (Campaign Management Group Partner at Campaign to End Loneliness; CEO, Age UK [Oxfordshire]). The event was chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK) and Janet Morrison (Independent Age)

Following the debate, delegates were invited to join us for wine and canapés.

This was a private event.

Briony Gunstone's presentation slides from the event are available to view below:

Quality of Life

Thursday 19th February, 15:30 (for a 16:00 start) – 18:00.
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), 11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

This event launched our new reports on social connections and wellbeing in older age. These important reports highlight the key findings of new research, undertaken by Professor Andrew Steptoe, Dr Snorri Rafnsson and Dr Aparna Shankar, identifying the aspects of social connections which are most relevant to well-being in older adults. This project wasa collaboration between UCL and ILC-UK, and was kindly funded by ESRC.

The research aims to answer a series of questions including:

  • Which aspects of social connections are associated with life satisfaction, quality of life and positive affect in older adults?
  • How does well-being change over time amongst older adults?
  • What impact do the different stages of caring have on the wellbeing of older carers?

The reports then link the findings to current policy to make a series of recommendations.

As loneliness and isolation shoot up the public agenda as a priority, this research will add a new dimension to the debate currently being played out in Government and the media. The event will include presentations from the researchers, and responses from a panel of experts, before the debate is opened up to the floor for questions. This will be followed by a short drinks reception. We would greatly value your insights into the topic at the report launch, and hope that you can join us.

Slides from the event are available below.

Communities and Housing,Dementia,Quality of Life

Tuesday 27th January 2015; 15:30 – 17:00; House of Lords, London

Eventbrite - Report Launch: Inquiry into Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society

On behalf of the ILC-UK and Electrical Safety First, we invite you to celebrate the launch of our report on the challenges our ageing population poses to electrical safety.

The report is a culmination of extensive research, a ‘call’ for information, an evidence session attended by experts in the fields of housing and dementia, and a high-level review group. This has all helped form this final report, which we will launch on the 27th January 2015.

With the support of Electrical Safety First, we hope the report will highlight the often maligned importance of maintaining high levels of electrical safety, and draw attention to the challenges our ageing population poses to electrical safety. The inquiry has identified two key areas – housing and dementia – which the report will focus on. An increase in the number of older people, both with and without dementia, means that the need to create a home environment which is as safe as possible has never been greater.

We will be inviting a range of guests, some of whom will have taken part in the enquiry but also a wider audience of journalists, politicians and experts in the fields of housing policy and dementia. We do hope you will be able to join us for this very special event.

 

Communities and Housing,Future of Age,Older Consumers,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Tuesday 18th November 2014; House of Lords, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA; 15:30 (for a 16:00 start) - 18:00

During 2014, ILC-UK, supported by the specialist insurer Partnership Assurance Group plc (Partnership), undertook a series of events to explore the relationship between our changing demography and public policy.

This was the final event in the Population Patterns Seminar Series and it explored the “silver separators”- divorce later in life. Figures from the Office for National Statistics published in 2012 showed a huge rise in the divorce rate amongst those in their 60s, with an increase of 58% on the 2011 figure. The last 10 years have seen more and more older people part ways, despite divorce amongst the general population becoming less common. This has happened to such an extent that the over 60’s are now the fastest growing divorce group in the UK.

A variety of reasons have been suggested , including a reduction in the stigma surrounding divorce and couples no longer feeling obliged to stay together if their attitudes and needs change.

However, figures released by the ONS in June 2012 revealed that marriages involving older people were also rising faster than for other age groups – up by 21% for women and by 25% for men in their late sixties. Re-partnership is likely to be even higher than these figures suggest, as older people in a new relationship may not choose to remarry.

During the event the discussion explored a number of themes, including:

  • What factors have contributed to the rising rate of divorce amongst the over 60s?
  • How can older people’s relationships be better supported?
  • What challenges does ageing present to relationships?
  • How do care responsibilities effect relationships?
  • What are the potential ramifications of older couples separating?


Agenda for the event

15:30 - 16:00
Registration

16:00 - 10:05
Welcome from:
Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK)

16:05 - 16:55
Presentations from:
Richard Willets (Partnership)
Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP (Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam)
Ben Franklin (ILC-UK)
Chris Sherwood (Relate)
Barbara Bloomfield (Co-author of ‘The Mature Times Guide to Love and Relationships in Later Life’)

16:55 - 17:55
Discussion and Q&A

17:55 - 18:00
Close from:
Baroness Sally Greengross
 

Presentation slides from the event:

Longevity,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Important notice: This event is now postponed. 

We will be notifying people as soon as this event has been rescheduled 

ILC-UK are launching a new policy report on social connections and wellbeing in older age at The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) Boardroom, 11 Tufton Street, London, on Thursday 16th October, 15:30 (for a 16:00 start) – 18:00. This project is a collaboration between UCL and ILC-UK, and was kindly funded by ESRC.

This important report will highlight the key findings of new research, undertaken by Professor Andrew Steptoe, Dr Snorri Rafnsson and Dr Aparna Shankar, identifying the aspects of social connections which are most relevant to well-being in older adults. The research aims to answer a series of questions including:

  • Which aspects of social connections are associated with life satisfaction, quality of life and positive affect in older adults?
  • How does well-being change over time amongst older adults?
  • How does the experience of different caregiving transitions vary with socioeconomic circumstances, health and relationship status?
  • What is the longitudinal impact of caregiving transitions on positive and negative emotional wellbeing in later life?

The report will then link the findings to current policy to make a series of recommendations.

As loneliness and isolation shoot up the public agenda as a priority, this research will add a new dimension to the debate currently being played out in Government and the media. The event will include presentations from the researchers, and responses from a panel of experts, before the debate is opened up to the floor for questions. This will be followed by a wine reception.

 

Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Sunday 21st September 2014; Green Room, Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS (Outside the secure zone); 18:30 (for 19:00) to 21:00
Exclusive Invitation Only dinner debate

ILC-UK and the University of Manchester, supported by the British Society of Gerontology

 

A private dinner debate in Manchester during the Labour Party Conference 2014. During the debate we considered how we can maximise the economic benefits of extending working lives whilst minimising the social challenges.

In June, the Government set out a new action plan to help older workers stay in the workplace. The ‘Fuller Working Lives’ framework for action sets out a series of proposals to support extending working lives. It announced the appointment of a new Business Champion for Older Workers.

Encouraging and supporting people to stay on in work longer is likely to be vital to future economic success. Older workers will play a significant role in addressing skills gaps and increasing the average age of retirement is likely to deliver positive results in terms of retirement income.

According to Office for National Statistics estimates, in the next 10 years there will be 700,000 fewer people aged 16 to 49 but 3.7 million more people aged between 50 and State Pension age – a fundamental shift in the age distribution of the UK workforce which industry cannot ignore.

While the UK employment rate for 55 to 64 year olds is around 60% and growing, the recent improvement has been relatively modest compared to many other nations, and several countries achieve employment rates of around 70% or above – so there is significant room for improvement.

During this debate we explored what more can be done to extend working lives and how we can manage the social challenges.

This was an exclusive invitation only dinner debate.

Communities and Housing,Pensions,Quality of Life

Thursday 12th June; Committee Room G, House of Lords, Westminster, London; 08:30 (for a 09:00 start) – 11:00
Coffee and light refreshments will be served from 08:30.

Entry to Committee Room G is through the Cromwell Green (Visitor) Entrance. As queues and waiting times at this entrance can be unpredictable, we recommend that you arrive at the House of Lords as close to 08:00 as possible.

Many older people have equity tied up in their homes that could be used to provide them with a greater income in later life and improve their standard of living. Traditionally, the ways to unlock the equity in people’s homes have been through downsizing, equity release lifetime loans or home reversion plans. However, not everyone is in a position to downsize, there are pros and cons to each approach, and all have associated costs.

The Equity Bank would provide a new way for people to unlock the equity in their home. It would be a state agency which provides people with a low cost fixed lifetime income in exchange for a fixed share of the equity in their home. The Equity Bank would take a charge on the person’s home and recover the value of the equity from the person’s estate after their death.

The event was chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of the ILC-UK. Nick Kirwan, Director of the ILC-UK Care Funding Advice Network, opened the discussion. Professor Les Mayhew of Cass Business School and co-author of the paper 'The UK Equity Bank - Towards income security in old age' thened present the concept, after which Paul Burstow MP responded.  There was then time for questions and a general discussion.
 

The presentation slides from the event are available to view below:

Communities and Housing,Future of Age,Quality of Life

Thursday, 10th April 2014, 13:30 (for 14:00) – 17:00, London

This was the third seminar in a series of three exploring ‘Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing?’ from ILC-UK and Age UK.

The topic was ‘Ensuring communities offer what older people want’, and focussed on the activities and interests of older people that need to be represented in our communities to ensure good quality of life and wellbeing for an ageing population. The results of these seminars will inform a solutions-focussed policy brief, looking at what needs to be done to create age-ready local areas. This brief will be launched in May at a full day conference on ageing in our communities.

In this seminar we considered what communities provide for older people and how these needs may change (or stay the same) as they age. We know from research on isolation and loneliness that social connections remain an important part of quality of life for many people as they get older, yet as the ‘loneliness epidemic’ continues to hit headlines it is clear that this is not being fully addressed in communities. Exploring how activities and services can maintain and build on social networks is key to maintaining wellbeing within the community.

Elsewhere, we explored the services, amenities and activities available to older people in their communities – from village shops, to post offices, to libraries and adult education classes, and how these enhance wellbeing for older people. A community can take many forms, and in this session we will also be considering the approaches to be taken from different kinds of setting – from urban to rural – and the challenges that lie in providing services to these distinct regions.

This seminar explored:

  • How family connections, friendships and social ties can be supported and better integrated into community activities.
  • What role do local services and shops play in building a community, what the future of these services looks like and what can be done to ensure they support ageing in the community?
  • What activities are currently available for older people in their communities, and are these suitable or prepared for an increasing number of people accessing them? What else should be available?
  • How we can ensure that fun and playfulness remain part of life when growing older in the community?
  • How can we ensure that the experience of growing older remains at its highest quality across rural, town, suburban, and urban settings?

This was an invite only event.

The presentation slides from the event can be viewed below:


More information on the first seminar in the series can be found here: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing: Getting out and about

More information on the second seminar in the series can be found here: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing. At home

Future of Age,Quality of Life,Transport

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 13:30 (for a 14:00 start) – 17:00, London

This is the first in a series of three seminars exploring ‘Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing?’ from ILC-UK and Age UK. The topic is ‘Getting out and about’, and focusses on issues of transport and the built and social environments and their impact on getting older in local communities. The results of these seminars will inform a solutions-focussed policy brief, looking at what needs to be done to create age-ready local areas. This brief will be launched in May at a full day conference on ageing in our communities.

Getting out and about is of vital importance if older people are to remain healthy, happy and active members of the communities they live in. Getting outdoors benefits older people socially, by allowing them to visit friends and interact with members of the community, and practically, by allowing them to access local amenities and services. These activities also help older people to become more integrated into their local community. Despite these benefits, research has shown that as older people age they make fewer trips outside of their home.

Many factors contribute to older people not getting ‘out and about’. A lack of access to affordable and accessible transport options can be a significant barrier to social inclusion and independence. Bad or poorly maintained pavements, and a lack of benches or accessible toilets create physical barriers to older people when they want to get out and about. These physical barriers then help to create mental barriers. For example, many older people do not leave their homes because of a fear of falling. Elsewhere, research has found that many older people do not venture out of their homes because of a fear of crime.

This seminar will explore:

  • how the local environment can be adapted to better meet the needs of older people.
  • the different physical and emotional barriers affecting older people’s ability to leave their house and engage with the community, with a focus on three key areas- transport, the local environment and fear of crime.
  • the current transport options available to older people in the UK, and then discuss how to ensure private and public transport facilitates the connection between the home and community.
  • strategies to reduce fear of crime while maintaining older people's natural defences against crime, and the usefulness of planning measures such as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).

More information on the second seminar in the series can be found here: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing. At home

More infromation on the third seminar in the series can be found here: Community Matters: are our communities ready for ageing: Ensuring communities offer what older people want

The presentation slides from this seminar can be veiwed below:

Care,Future of Age,Quality of Life

16th July 2013, ILC-UK, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB; 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) - 18:30

Older people with high support requirements want more control and greater choices as they plan out their future lives. They also want to continue to be of value and to make a contribution. Existing models of formal care are not always able to deliver the outcomes that older people are looking for.

This event draws on the recent JRF-funded study ‘Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs’, carried out by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Community Catalysts, which explores the options available for re-crafting support networks for older people in Britain. It will analyse not only the formal options available, for example Shared Lives, Homeshare, Time Banks, but also the important role played by informal care arrangements built on mutual and reciprocal support between older people and their friends and family.

The event will be chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross (Chief Executive, ILC-UK), and we will hear from Sian Lockwood (Chief Executive, Community Catalysts) and Jane Carrier (Associate, NDTi).

 

This event is now full. To join the waiting list, please click on the link below:

Eventbrite - 'Widening choices for people with high support needs', an ILC-UK, JRF, NDTi and Community Catalysts joint event


Agenda for the event

16:00 – 16:30
Registration

16:30 – 16:35
Welcome

16:35 – 17:00
Focus of the study - What services and arrangements exist that are based on positive relationships and older people’s contribution?
Presentation and discussion

17:00 – 17:25
Approach, key findings and solutions
Presentation and discussion

17:25 – 17:50
Widening options for older people with high support needs – moving to implementation and change
Using the learning from this study, what needs to happen to implement the findings, both at a local and national level?
Presentation and discussion

17:50 – 18:00
Summary and closing comments

18:00 – 18:30
Wine reception

Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

House of Lords, Westminster, London; Thursday 13th June; 08:30 (for a 09:00 start) – 10:30
Coffee and light refreshments served from 08:30.

Demographic change means that more people will live past the point where they require care. As the increase in life expectancy looks set to continue, we need to develop enterprising and innovative ways to help people save and plan for this eventuality and bring new money into the care system. If people are to save for their future, especially people who are on lower incomes or are less wealthy, it is essential that they have opportunities to do so in a way that is simple, attractive, engaging, and safe, and which provides them with more choice about the care and support they would like. Equally, they must not be penalised for having done so through means tested support. This is what Personal Care Savings Bonds are intended to be all about.

This event, chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross, talked about the possibility of bringing new money into the social care system through Personal Care Savings Bonds. Co-author, Professor Les Mayhew of Cass Business School, presented this new concept before opening the debate for wider discussion.

'Personal Care Savings Bonds - a new way of saving towards social care in later life' can be downloaded from the ILC-UK Publications page.

The slides from the event can be viewed below:

Economics of Age,Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

M&G, Governor's House, Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4R 0HH London

Tuesday 4th June, 08:30 (for 09:00 start) - 10:30

Chaired by: Baroness Sally Greengross (Chief Executive, ILC-UK); Speakers: Dr Stella Creasy MP, Brian Calvert (Financial Advocate, Age UK; Research presented by:
Dr Dylan Kneale (Head of Research, ILC-UK); Panellist: Sally West (Age UK)
 

Debt is commonly assumed to be a problem of the young and not of the old. New research carried out by ILC-UK and supported by Age UK examines the validity of this assumption and sets out the extent to which debt impacts on the lives of older people.

Over recent years, older people, in common with other age groups, have faced significant financial challenges. For older people, lower than expected returns on savings and decreases in annuity rates have reduced the income many retirees were expecting in later life. Increases in energy and food costs are also hitting older people on fixed incomes hard, while older workers are faced with unprecedented job and income insecurity. Could these new challenges have influenced the attitudes and behaviours of older people towards credit usage? And just how accurate are cosy depictions of older people as ‘squirreling savers shunning credit’ compared to the reality?

This new research explores the way in which attitudes towards borrowing vary by age before presenting new findings on levels of problem debt among older people. The characteristics associated with entering problem debt are explored in this research, as well as the outcomes of living with problem debt on the lives of older people.

Dr Dylan Kneale, Head of Research at ILC-UK, presented the findings of the research. Dr Stella Creasy MP, known for her parliamentary work around the field of debt, was a keynote speaker, while Sally West, Income and Poverty Strategy Adviser at Age UK, provided insight into the organisation’s work in providing debt counselling and advice for older people. Tom Wright, Chief Executive of Age UK, and Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief executive of ILC-UK, co-chaired the event and all took part in a panel debate after presentations.

The slides from the event are available below:

Care,Health,Quality of Life

Centre for Research on Ageing, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Southampton and the International Longevity Centre – UK

International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and the University of Southampton held an afternoon tea reception in the House of Lords on Tuesday 30th April, to showcase ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in the field of social care using policy-modelling tools at the University of Southampton, which is informing policy and shaping practice.

The population of the UK is ageing. In 2012, over five million people were aged 75 and over, comprising 8% of the population; by 2031 this figure is projected to rise to 8.3m, constituting 1 in every 8 people. Older people are the major users of health and social care services and the demographic changes combined with public sector spending cuts mean that supporting older people to continue to live independently in the community is an increasingly critical issue.

Research at Southampton in the EPSRC Care Life Cycle is developing tools to assist policy makers in understanding the future demand and supply of health and social care services, facilitating them to meet the needs of an ageing population.

Two case studies were presented during the event: the first examining the demand for local authority social care services including the impact of changing living arrangements and family structures on informal support; and the second uses the example of macular degeneration treatment to examine the complex interaction between health and social care.

The papers from the event are available for download below:

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Economics of Age,Future of Age,Quality of Life

20th February 2013, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ. 16:00 (for a 16:25 start) – 19:00

On the 20th February, ILC-UK hosted a joint debate with the Actuarial Profession which considered the new ILC-UK report “The cost of our ageing society”.

The report, which was sponsored by Milliman, highlights the projected financial impact of the cost of the world’s ageing population. It argues that governments must do more to reduce the long term cost of ageing to the public purse.

In the report, ILC-UK calls on governments across the world to consider linking eligibility ages of state pension to life expectancy and do more to ensure that the labour market is accessible to older people.

The cost of our ageing society” reveals that:

  • In the UK: the old-age dependency ratio  is expected to rise from 28% to 47% (from around four working-age people for every person aged 65 and over to around two working-age people for every person aged 65 and over) between 2010 and 2060. 
  • In the EU: the old-age dependency ratio is expected to rise from 28% to 58% (from around four working-age people for every person aged 65 and over to under two working-age people for every person aged 65 and over) between 2010 and 2060.  
  • Globally: between 2011 and 2060 the old-age dependency ratio is expected to rise from 16% to 42% (from more than six working-age people for every person aged 65 and over to just over two working-age people for every person aged 65 and over).  

Until recently, the financial impact of demographic change had received only limited macro-economic analysis and a recent report by the IMF argued that “few governments or pension providers adequately recognise longevity risk”.

But over the past three years, we have seen growth in national and international data on the financial cost of future demographic change. The 2009 European Commission sustainability index found that the public finances of the UK, Spain and 10 other European Union countries were at long-term high risk and that “the cost of an ageing population is expected to “dwarf” the impact of the current financial crisis many times over”.

In the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2010 Emergency Budget, George Osborne highlighted the scale of the UK challenge ahead, noting that “by 2015-16 we will be spending over £10 billion a year simply to meet the gap between pension contributions and payments to the unfunded pensions they support”.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) Fiscal Sustainability Report has highlighted the potential impact of current demographic pressures in the UK, stating that “public finances are likely to come under pressure over the longer term, primarily as a result of an ageing population”.

The event considered the findings of “The cost of our ageing society”. It also allowed debate on:

  • Are we adequately considering the long term economic costs of longevity?
  • Or are we overestimating the impact?
  • Are some countries responding better than others to the economic cost of ageing?
  • How can governments across the world best respond to the fiscal challenges of demographic change?
  • How can policymakers best react to the cost of ageing?

Agenda from the event

16:00 – 16:25
Registration with Tea/Coffee

16:25 – 16:30
Welcome by chair

16:30 – 17:15
Presentations on the Cost of Ageing.
Speakers to include: Philip Simpson (Milliman), David Sinclair (ILC-UK), Emma McWilliam (Milliman)

17:15 – 18:00
Panel Discussion/Debate

18:00 – 18:10
“Fiscal sustainability: Demographic change and ageing population – the Scottish Perspective”. Kenneth Gibson MSP. Convenor, Scottish Parliament Finance Committee.

18:10 – 18:25
Questions and discussion

18:30
Close by Chair and Reception

To view the presentation slides from the event, see below:

Care,Economics of Age,Quality of Life

16 October 2012, The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ, 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) - 18:30

Recently, the EU’s 2012 Ageing Report argued that “the long-term public expenditure projections reveal a daunting challenge for policy makers in the EU… the fiscal impact of ageing is projected to be substantial in almost all Member States, with effects becoming apparent already during the next decade”.

During the event we heard from various speakers on the subject of the cost of our ageing society, and there was an opportunity for delegates to respond.

We considered:

  • Are we adequately considering the long term economic costs of longevity?
  • Or are we overestimating the impact?
  • Are some countries responding better than others to the economic cost of ageing?
  • How can governments across the world best respond to the fiscal challenges of demographic change?
  • How can policymakers best react to the cost of ageing?


ILC-UK will publish a policy brief following the event, summarising the latest thinking on the ‘cost of our ageing society’, drawing in particular on the EU 2012 Ageing Report and the Office of Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) Fiscal Sustainability Report.

Until recently, the financial impact of demographic change had received only limited macro-economic analysis and a recent report by the IMF argued that “few governments or pension providers adequately recognise longevity risk”.

But over the past three years, we have seen growth in national and international data on the financial cost of future demographic change. The 2009 European Commission sustainability index found that the public finances of the UK, Spain and 10 other European Union countries were at long-term high risk and that “the cost of an ageing population is expected to “dwarf” the impact of the current financial crisis many times over”.

In the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2010 Emergency Budget, George Osborne highlighted the scale of the UK challenge ahead, noting that “by 2015-16 we will be spending over £10 billion a year simply to meet the gap between pension contributions and payments to the unfunded pensions they support”.

The OBR Fiscal Sustainability Report has highlighted the potential impact of current demographic pressures in the UK, stating that “public finances are likely to come under pressure over the longer term, primarily as a result of an ageing population”.


Agenda from the event:

16:00 – 16:25
Registration with Tea/Coffee

16:25 – 16:30
Welcome by chair, Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC-UK)

16:30 – 16:35
Introduction, Emma McWilliam - Editor of 'Longevity Risk', (Milliman)

16:35 – 17:35
Presentations from:
Per Eckefeldt (European Commission)
Philip Simpson (Milliman)
Daniela Silcock(representing ILC-UK)

17:35 – 18:25
Panel Discussion/Debate with:
Mark Gorman (HelpAge International)
Michelle Mitchell (Age UK)
Colin Redman (The Actuarial Profession)

18:25 – 18:30
Close by chair

18:30 –
Refreshments/Wine

ILC-UK live blogged from this event. To read the blog, please click here. Delegates were also able to join the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #costofageing.

 

Future of Age,Quality of Life

19th September 2012, 08:15 (for an 08:30 start) - 09:30, ILC-UK, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB

The concept of social exclusion explicitly recognises that material exclusion is both caused by and causes exclusion from other domains essential for wellbeing, and builds on a longstanding tradition within public policy and social science research. However, the terminology ‘social exclusion’ is perhaps most synonymous with the former Labour government, with the coalition government having disbanded the Social Exclusion Unit Taskforce. In its place there exists something of a gulf in terminology to replace the usage of ‘social exclusion’ in policy-terms, although the concept itself continues to play some part in policy making, while the term itself is still widely used within academic research and in EU and UN policy

In comparison to children, young people, and families, social exclusion among older people has received little attention. This is despite the fact that it is perhaps among this group that the notion of social exclusion is most pertinent, with older people at high risk of social isolation and loneliness, as well as exhibiting substantial inequalities in income and housing. In addition, within the extant evidence base, there has been comparatively little longitudinal research into social exclusion patterns among older people.

At this event, ILC-UK presented the results from a report examining social exclusion among older people, 'Is Social Exclusion still important for Older People?', sponsored by Age UK. The work investigated trends in the number of socially excluded people, and examined their outcomes. Other speakers will also contribute to a debate that explores the underlying question of whether social exclusion should remain part of public policy and if ‘social exclusion is still important for older people’.

Agenda from the event:

08:15 – 08:30
Registration with Tea/Coffee/Pastries
08:30 – 08:35
Welcome - David Sinclair, ILC-UK
08:35 - 08:50
Is Social Exclusion still important for Older People? - Dylan Kneale, ILC-UK
08:50 - 09:10
Greg Lewis, Age UK
Justin Russell, Department for Work and Pensions
09:10 - 09:25
Debate
09:25 – 09:30
Close - David Sinclair, ILC-UK
 

Live blog updates from this event are available to view on the ILC-UK blog.

See below for the presentation slides from the event:


 

Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ.

16:00 for 16.30 start, 25th April 2012.

ILC-UK was delighted to be working with Alliance Boots and the University College London School of Pharmacy to explore why public health has just got ‘personal’ and if such a trend will yield cost savings or cost some groups of society or sections of the economy more than others.

The event also marked the launch of a report produced by Professor David Taylor and Dr Jennifer Gill from the UCL School of Pharmacy, supported by Alliance Boots entitled ‘Active Ageing: Live longer and prosper? Towards realising a second demographic dividend in 21st century Europe’.

The debate focused on the balance between encouraging individual accountability and accepting collective responsibility for achieving longer lives and the consequent implications for health outcomes and cost.

The Coalition Government (like its predecessors) is trying to move away from the ‘nanny state’ towards ‘nudging’ people in the direction of choosing healthier behaviours.

Few people would question the desirability of encouraging more informed personal decision making to prevent avoidable illness. But too much reliance on individual choice and responsibility could fail those most at risk and potentially impose needless costs and losses on individuals, their families and the wider community. Promoting the behavioural and cultural changes needed to deliver better public health and keep NHS and social care costs as affordable as possible remains a pressing and complex challenge.

Subject areas discussed included:

  • The philosophical and political underpinnings of public health policy, including: social solidarity, fairness, entitlement, risk and personal responsibility. Are we in danger of unravelling the principle tenets of the Beveridge model welfare state in ways which may not only disadvantage the most vulnerable, but may in time increase financial pressures on other sectors of society?
     
  • Determining the boundaries of personal and societal level responsibility, and the legitimate as opposed to illegitimate need for publicly funded care and support. In areas ranging from smoking cessation to reducing the threat of an obesity driven diabetes epidemic, communities have to make tough choices between limiting risks and accepting the consequences of personal, social and corporate freedom.
     
  • The impact of current trends and possible future policy decisions in areas ranging from the costs of health and life insurance to the price of pensions for individuals and society.
     
  • The role of private employers in promoting and requiring healthy living.
     
  • The winners and losers if the trend towards personal responsibility continues, with particular regard to older people and disadvantaged groups and what impact could this trend have on the cost of care?

Agenda from the event:

16:00 – 16:30 
Registration and tea

16:30 – 16:40 
Welcome and introduction from chair, Baroness Sally Greengross

16:40 – 17:05
Professor David Taylor, Professor of Pharmaceutical and Public Health Policy - School of Pharmacy, UCL

17:05 – 17:30
Professor Nick Bosanquet, Professor of Health Policy - Imperial College London

17:30 – 18:25 
Panel Debate and Q&A

  • Tricia Kennerley, Group Healthcare Public Affairs Director - Alliance Boots
  • Martin Green, Chief Executive - English Community Care Association
  • Open debate

18.25 – 18.30 
Summary and close from chair, Baroness Sally Greengross

18.30   
Refreshments/networking

A copy of the report can be found here

Presentation slides* from the event can be viewed below:
* Professor Nick Bosanquet's slides are currently not availabe for public distribution

 

Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

24th April 2012 16:15 to 19:00 ILC-UK, 11 Tufton Street

The UK has a chronic under-saving problem, which has been exacerbated by the financial crisis and economic downturn.  A high proportion of UK households have little or no saving or investment wealth, and these households are concentrated among those with the lowest incomes. The under-saving problem is compounded by indebtedness, especially for young people, and particularly acute in relation to saving for retirement. Relatively few households are setting aside sufficient funds for retirement.

At this event, ILC-UK launched a new paper, supported by the Friends Provident Foundation, which argues for the creation of a ‘financial citizenship’ framework. In the paper, by Dr Craig Berry and Valentina Serra, ILC-UK argue that whilst our livelihoods have never been more intimately engaged with the financial system, we lack any meaningful sense of what it means to be a citizen in a ‘financialised’ age. A ‘financial citizenship’ framework would outline the respective responsibilities of individuals and the state regarding saving.

Public policy-makers often assume that individuals have a responsibility to save, but the ILC-UK paper questions whether this should be accompanied by a stronger set of rights? The financial citizenship concept seems to complement the more prevalent notions of ‘financial inclusion’ and ‘financial education’ in that it involves addressing failures to interact with financial services (and a lack of capability in relation to, or knowledge about, financial services). Yet citizenship suggests a more expansive or ambitious form of participation, include the right to participate in collective decision-making around the operations of the financial system.

ILC-UK presented “Financial citizenship - Rethinking the state’s role in enabling individuals to save” at this event. The presentation will be followed by a panel response and debate.

During the discussion, we will debate:

  •     When it comes to issues around debt and saving, what exactly are our obligations as responsible members of society?
  •     What kind of resources are we entitled to in order to fulfil our responsibilities?
  •     Do we get a say in how rights and responsibilities are determined?

Agenda from the event

16:15 - 16:30
Registration

16:30 - 16:40  
Welcome and introduction: Baroness Sally Greengross

16:40 - 17:00 
Financial Citizenship and Saving: Dr Craig Berry

17:00 - 17:30 
Panel response and debate
Danielle Walker Palmour, Friends Provident Foundation
David Budworth, The Times

17:30 - 18:15
Discussion and debate

18:15 - 18:20
Closing remarks: Baroness Sally Greengross

18:20 -19:00
Drinks reception

A copy of the think-piece, Financial Citizehship, can be found here
 
Quality of Life

The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ, 16:00 for a 16:30 start, 10 May 2011

On behalf of the Government, the Office of National Statistics is devising a new method of measuring quality of life in Britain in an attempt to improve national wellbeing and happiness. This measure will attempt to challenge the use of traditional measures of economic growth, such as the Gross Domestic Product, as proxy measurements for wellbeing.

For six months from November 2010 to April 2011 the ONS has run a consultation with British people, organisations and businesses to establish what constitutes quality of life, and therefore what elements should be included.

And from April 2011, the Office of National Statistics will be including subjective well-being monitoring questions on the Integrated Household Survey (IHS) to capture what people think and feel about their own well being. Around 200,000 people will be asked to rate their 'life satisfaction' on a scale of nought to ten in the UK's biggest household survey as part of the Office for National Statistics' programme to measure the nation's well-being.

Since 1999, Professor Ann Bowling and colleagues, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have been formulating a new measure of quality of life in older people, also invoking consultations with the public to gain an idea of the contributory factors to older people’s wellbeing.

This joint seminar from the International Longevity Centre – UK and the Actuarial Profession, with the support of ESRC, examined and discussed both Prof. Bowling and the ONS’ new measure of quality of life, the complexities of measuring happiness and how these measurements approach these issues, and how we can ensure that the wellbeing of older people is given due attention.

The questions that were consider during the debate included:

  • What are the best measures of wellbeing and happiness across the lifecourse?
  • How does wellbeing differ across the lifecourse and do we need to take age into account when developing measures of happiness?
  • What factors predict quality of life amongst older people?
  • How can quality of life amongst older people be improved?
  • How will the new ONS measures of national well-being, including quality of life, impact on public policy?

Agenda from the event:

16.00 – 16.30
Registration and refreshments

16:30 – 16.35
Welcome by Actuarial Profession co-chair and introduction from co-chair Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK.

16.35 – 16.55
Ann Bowling, Professor of health care for older adults St George’s University of London

16.55 – 17.15
Paul Allin, Director of Measuring National Well-being Programme, Office for National Statistics

17.15 – 17.25
Emily Grundy, Professor of Demographic Gerontology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

17.25– 17.35
Respondent: Paul Cann, Chief Executive, Age UK Oxfordshire; Campaign to End Loneliness; and ILC-UK Fellow.

17.35
Questions and panel discussion with speakers

18.30
Close and drinks

The powerpoint presentation from this event is available to view below.