Pensions,Work and Retirement

23rd April 2013, The Lecture Hall, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH, 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) - 18:30

The Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change has today published its report, stating “No Government so far has had a vision and coherent strategy [for an ageing society]; the current Government are no exception and are not doing enough to ensure our country is ready for ageing.

ILC-UK’s response to the Committee's report is available in the news section of our website at

The Committee, which is chaired by Lord Filkin, was appointed on 29th May 2012, to consider public service provision in the light of demographic change. During its evidence sessions it heard from a wide range of different stakeholders, government officials and government Ministers.

Lord Filkin presented the findings of the report at this joint debate with the Actuarial Profession on 23rd April. The report spans issues across ageing policy, reflecting Committee evidence sessions focused on a broad range of topics, from demography through to pension reform, working longer and changing aspirations of old age.

In this debate, we heared responses from key spokespeople, including Justin Russell, the Director for Ageing Society and State Pensions at DWP; David Sinclair from ILC-UK; and commentators from Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Deborah Cooper from the Actuarial Profession. The debate addressed the issues raised in the report, and the recommendations made by the Committee.

This event was live blogged:

Agenda from the event

16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 16:35
Welcome by Chair

16:35 -17:15
Presentation from:
Lord Filkin (Chair, the House of Lords Public Service and Demographic Change committee)

17:15 - 18:25
Panel Discussion/Q&A
Justin Russell (Director - Ageing Society and State Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions)
David Sinclair (Assistant Director, Policy and Communications, ILC-UK)
Claire Turner (Head of Team (An Ageing Society), Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
Deborah Cooper (Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Council and member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Pensions Board)

18:25 - 18:30
Close by Chair

18:30 -
Drinks Reception

The presentation slides from the event are available below: