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Since our last update, we have published two new reports, one on the international perspectives for stimulating the UK Housing-with-care sector and the other on the Commission on Dementia and Music.

We hosted three high profile events, report launches and the launch of the new "Innovating for Ageing" programme and featured in national and international print and broadcast media.

We are pleased to announce that Ben Franklin was promoted to Assistant Director of Research & Policy at International Longevity Centre - UK.

 

Select Committee acts on ILC-UK evidence

Following its inquiry into housing for older people, the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its report into the topic which supports a number of recommendations made by ILC-UK Senior Research Fellow Dr Brian Beach.

Dr Beach submitted written evidence to the inquiry and was subsequently invited to provide oral evidence. The report highlights points made in ILC-UK’s recently published report ‘Stronger Foundations’ which calls for greater clarity around specialist housing terminology, and a legislative framework for extra care housing.

 

ILC-UK and Just launch Innovating for Ageing

On Tuesday, 16th January ILC-UK and Just launched the Innovating for Ageing programme at the Innovation Warehouse in London’s Bishopsgate.

The innovating for Ageing programme seeks to identify and support the development of products and services that will address the challenges faced by ageing consumers at risk of vulnerability due to physical disability, serious illness, dementia or financial exclusion.
The programme will bring together experts, innovators and groups who work to support vulnerable consumers. Applications will shortly be open for innovators to share their product and service before an expert panel of judges will shortlist applicants. The programme’s finalists will then be invited to the final judging and award ceremony, where awards will be presented to innovators whose efforts can help to improve the lives of vulnerable consumers.

For more information on Innovating for Ageing, visit www.innovatingforageing.uk


Recent ILC-UK Publications


Stronger Foundations: International Lessons for the Housing-with-Care Sector in the UK

This report, supported by ARCO discusses the issue of terminology around later life housing and housing-with-care in the UK and other international contexts.

 

What would life be - without a song or dance, what are we?

This new report summarises the work of the Commission on Dementia and Music, set-up and coordinated by ILC-UK, with support from The Utley Foundation.

 

ILC-UK Events

Launch event: The Impact of Deprivation on Demographic Inequalities in Adults

Wednesday, 28th March 2018; 09:15 (for 09:45) - 11:45

Southbank, London

This event will see the launch of 'The Impact of Deprivation on Demographic Inequalities in Adults’, a new report published by ILC-UK and Cass Business School.

During the event, report co-author Professor Les Mayhew Professor of Statistics, Cass Business School, will present on the emerging patterns of inequalities and life expectancy and discuss their wider implications for social and economic policy.

Attendance at this event is currently by invitation only. If you would like to express your interest in attending, please email events@ilcuk.org.uk


ILC-UK Blogs

Since our last update, ILC-UK has published a number of blogs from various contributors covering subjects from high risk retirees to new ideas in health and social care.

Nick Saunderson, CEO at Audrey Group wrote that the perception that social care and health care are two separate entities has caused challenges and prevented any real resolution to the strain on the NHS.

Dean Hochlaf, our ILC-UK Assistant Economist explores recent trends in the demand for healthcare and the supply of the nurses, before reflecting on how government policy changes are impacting on the ability of the nursing sector to meet rising needs.

ILC-UK Director, David Sinclair covered the story on how the flu vaccination coverage is falling across Europe, and how the flu outbreak is is adding to pressures on the NHS this winter.

Nathan Long, Senior Pension Analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown, asks are we a nation of risk-taking retirees?

If you would like to contribute an article to our guest blog, please contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk


Partners Programme


Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Edinburgh Napier University, EY, FirstPort, Housing&Care 21, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Prudential.
For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk


Working with ILC-UK


RESEARCH AND EVENTS


Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk


PRESS


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The Communities and Local Government Committee has today released their report on Housing for Older People following their enquiry into the topic. ILC-UK welcomes the conclusions and recommendations included in the report, along with the Committee’s calls for a national strategy for older people’s housing.

We are also extremely pleased to see our own contributions to the enquiry feature in the report. Along with our written submission of evidence drawing on our research in this area, Dr Brian Beach, Senior Research Fellow, gave oral evidence to the committee. In particular, we are glad the committee’s report highlighted the following:

  • Drawing on the work in our recently published report, Stronger Foundations, Brian highlighted how part of the challenge around specialist housing was in the vast array of terms used to describe the diverse options available. This creates a confusing market space for older people. The Committee states, “The Government should instigate discussions between developers and providers of specialist housing with the aim of agreeing on a consistent terminology to describe the housing and related services on offer.” (p. 39, ¶84)
     
  • Our research also noted how international models – in New Zealand, in particular – include regulation that provides robust consumer protection. The legislation for this provides the basis to help older people understand what the housing offer is and what the costs will entail (particularly with respect to ‘event fees’, which are paid at the end of a residency). Brian’s evidence contributed to the Committee stating, “We therefore recommend that the Government should accept the Law Commission’s recommendations on event fees and give legislative backing to its proposed code of practice. In addition, consideration should be given to introducing a legislative framework for extra care housing (as has been introduced in New Zealand) to bring together regulations relating to the provision of housing, care, and other support services.” (p. 45, ¶101)

Housing in the UK continues to experience a crisis, and there are certain ways it could be improved by addressing the needs of people later in life. With current housing policy imbalanced to the benefit of (albeit only some) younger adults – such as the emphasis on first-time buyers – we are optimistic that the Committee’s recommendations may help stimulate movement in this direction. Indeed, we strongly endorse further work by government to reconsider how later life housing is classified for planning purposes, as this appears to be an impediment to the delivery of homes (p. 56, ¶126).

The report’s overarching conclusion – to establish a national strategy on housing provision for older people – is also a welcomed call, as this is an important first step to seeing tangible action on the ground and real movement to address the issues that continue to stifle the development of later life housing at the scale that is needed. However, such a strategy should also be held to account, so that it delivers in a meaningful and comprehensive way. Many of the issues raised in the Committee’s enquiry – such as health and social care – face their own challenges in different areas and departments. It will be important that efforts to progress in later life housing under such a strategy do not fall short on themselves because of poor coordination in other areas of priority.

The Committee's report, 'Housing for Older People' can be accessed on the Parliamentary website at https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcomloc/370/37003.htm#_idTextAnchor000

Dr Brian Beach's latest report on international lessons for the Housing-with-Care sector in the UK, 'Stronger Foundations', can be downloaded from http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/stronger_foundations_international_lessons_for_the_housing_with_care_sector

The Future of Ageing 2018

Thursday, 29th November 2018
09:00 - 18:00 (approx.)
Copthorne Tara Hotel London, Scarsdale Pl, Kensington, London W8 5SY

We will be holding our 4th annual Future of Ageing Conference on Thursday 29th November.

Our Future of Ageing conference have been growing each year with the 2017 Conference seeing over 40 speakers, including Dr Pol Vandenbroucke (Vice President Medical Strategy, Pfizer), John McTernan (Senior Vice President, PSB & Former Political Secretary to Tony Blair), Dr Eileen Burns (President, British Geriatrics Society) and Dr Anna Dixon (Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better), and with a focus on a variety of important issues:

  • How can we maximise the Economic Contribution of older people?
  • Whether Anti-microbial resistance is a threat to longevity – and what can we do about it?
  • Whether the future will be less of more ageist?
  • How can the housing industry innovate for tomorrow's older consumers?
  • How can we save the NHS?
  • Are there more inequalities in a world of austerity?
  • Filling the skills gaps: Migration, more older workers, or both?
  • Can we automate care?
  • Can technology drive innovation in pensions, health and care?
  • The future of the end: Living forever or dying in style

A full agenda including the list of speakers from the 2017 conference, along with the presentation slides from the event are available to view here:
The Future of Ageing 2017: Transforming Tomorrow Today

Tickets for the 2018 conference will be available to purchase soon. To ensure that you receive a notification of this, please register on our mailing list via the ‘Join our mailing List’ field in the top corner of this web page.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
We have a range of sponsorship, advertising and promotional opportunities to suit your company's objectives and budget. Our team are dedicated to understanding your aims and will help to put together a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on 0207 340 0440 or events@ilcuk.org.uk for more information.

 


Previous sponsors include: McCarthy & Stone, EY, Drink Wise Age Well, Partnership and Partnership for Change

   

  

Previous conference support has been received from Pfizer and Eli Lilly

         

Over the last three years, speech to text support has kindly been donated by Action on Hearing Loss


About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is the specialist think-tank on the impact of ageing on society.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

We are intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:

  • Producing over 35 reports.
  • Holding over 50 high level events, including our sell out “Future of Ageing” annual conference.
  • Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

In the last month alone, we’ve been on BBC Breakfast, Sky News and in the Guardian as well as influencing more residential care homes to use music based interventions in dementia care.

 

Candidate Specification

This role will be focusing on some of the UK’s key societal and economic challenges. You will become an integral member of the team, working closely with the Director and Assistant Director of Researcher, our Head of External Affairs and our Research Fellows. You will contribute to policy research and advisory projects, engage with policy-makers in research and advisory processes and disseminate results.

We need a Research Fellow with excellent analytical and written skills and a strong passion and understanding for UK public policy. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, conducting secondary analysis of literature and evidence including data. Alongside this, you will need to be able develop your own narrative including drawing together interesting and salient conclusions.

This role would suit an individual with some experience in a public policy or research environment who wants to influence UK public policy.

 

Key Responsibilities

Research and funding - Developing policy relevant research, including the production of outputs (e.g. research reports, journal articles, policy briefings and blogs). This includes attracting funds through the identification of funding opportunities, development of bids, and pro-active promotion of ILC-UK’s work.

Policy advice, public affairs, and dissemination - Maximising the potential influence of our research and expertise through the dissemination of research, engagement with key stakeholders and other activities, such a media engagement.

Contributing to ILC-UK’s broader community life - Contributing to ILC-UK internal and external meetings and events, and more broadly the intellectual and social capital of the organisation.

 

For more information about this post, including the Key Skills, How to Apply and the full Job Description, please click on the PDF links below.

If you experience any difficulties downloading either of the PDFs, please contact ILC-UK at info@ilcuk.org.uk and we would be happy to forward these through to you.

Documents:

ILC-UK Research Fellow 2018 Advert (PDF)
ILC-UK Research Fellow 2018 - Job Description (PDF)

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About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is the specialist think-tank on the impact of ageing on society.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

We are intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:

  • Producing over 35 reports.
  • Holding over 50 high level events, including our sell out “Future of Ageing” annual conference.
  • Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

In the last month alone, we’ve been on BBC Breakfast, Sky News and in the Guardian as well as influencing more residential care homes to use music based interventions in dementia care.

 

Candidate Specification

We work on some of the most pressing current policy issues including how social care could be funded; how young people will be able to have a reasonable retirement income; how communities could work for all ages; and how we can afford health in the context of demographic change.  We need an innovative and creative Head of External Affairs to communicate our key messages on these subjects effectively and maximise visibility in this time of opportunity.

This is a new and stimulating role for ILC-UK and we need an experienced communications expert with a strong passion and understanding for UK public policy.  The post holder should be able to interpret and understand research to disseminate to a wider audience. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, with both the Research and Public Affairs teams and work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines.

 

Key Responsibilities

Enhancing our reputation - Developing and leading our communication and public affairs strategy to ensure we have strong links with key opinion formers to promote the work of the ILC-UK.

Enhancing the visibility of our research - Maximising the influence of our research and expertise through the dissemination of research, engagement with key stakeholders and other activities, such as media engagement.

Lead the Events and Public Affairs Team - Manage our experienced events and public affairs team, providing leadership and direction.

Contributing to ILC-UK’s broader community life - Contributing to ILC-UK internal and external meetings and events, and more broadly the intellectual and social capital of the organisation.

 

For more information about this post, including the Key Skills, How to Apply and the full Job Description, please click on the PDF links below.

If you experience any difficulties downloading either of the PDFs, please contact ILC-UK at info@ilcuk.org.uk and we would be happy to forward these through to you.

Documents:

ILC-UK Head of External Affairs 2018 Advert (PDF)
ILC-UK Head of External Affairs 2018 - Job Description (PDF)

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As organisations concerned with the current and future wellbeing of our rapidly ageing society, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) have conducted a great deal of work on the burden of pneumococcal disease across the life-course.

We believe that the UK’s immunisation programme over recent years has been very successful in reducing incidences of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD), a major cause of death globally.

However, in October 2017 the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) suggested that the childhood vaccination for pneumococcal disease should move from a 2+1 schedule (two initial doses and a follow-up dose) to a 1+1 schedule (one initial dose and a follow-up).

We were concerned to hear from the JCVI’s reports that “moving to a 1+1 schedule might increase IPD cases in infants because of loss of direct protection, and in older adults because of a reduction in herd immunity as a result of less protection against carriage in infants after a single dose.”

We would welcome more detailed research into the potential increase in cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in children and adults that might occur from a change to the pneumococcal immunisation programme, to a ‘1 + 1’ schedule.

Given the potential risks of this decision, we would urge a fuller consultation on proposed changes to the pneumococcal immunisation programme. Perhaps an expert sub-committee of JCVI could be convened to review the evidence before a final decision is made.

Finally, to declare an interest, ILC-UK’s work on immunisation has been financially supported (through non-restricted educational grants) by a range of pharmaceutical companies who may have an interest in this area including SPMSD, Eli Lilly, and Pfizer and the IFA’s work on immunisation has been supported similarly by Pfizer and GSK through unrestricted educational grants.

                     

David Sinclair                           Jane Barratt
Director                                  Secretary General
ILC-UK                                   International Federation on Ageing

A new report providing a robust and unique examination into the benefits of music-based interventions for people with dementia will be presented to an audience of MPs, celebrities, policy-makers, academics, clinicians, and charity leaders at the House of Lords on Thursday, 18th January.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), with support from The Utley Foundation, has created a Commission on Dementia and Music. The Commission explores the important role of music-based interventions in prevention, care & quality of life for people with dementia.

The power of music to improve the lives of people with dementia is known amongst experts and some caregivers. However up until now, only a few have been able to benefit, and the growing academic evidence and research base have largely been unknown. The Commission’s report pulls together evidence and highlights content to make a case for change, including recent research which suggests that regions of the brain associated with musical memory may overlap with regions relatively spared in Alzheimer’s disease.

As well as providing evidence for the benefits of music for people with dementia, the Utley Foundation is taking an important next step by funding and developing the role of an Ambassador to act as a figurehead for dementia and music. This Ambassador will lead a dedicated task force to deliver transformational change in music access for people with dementia and their carers. To date, the Utley Foundation has supported a number of initiatives and invested half a million pounds working towards an ambitious goal of giving every person living with dementia access to music.

Music-based interventions for people with dementia can range widely, including community based music groups, live music in care homes, listening to the radio or recorded music, playing an instrument, music therapy, or using personalised playlists. Evidence suggests that there is a ‘memory bump’ for music: people with dementia retain the clearest memories for the music they enjoyed and heard roughly between the ages of 10 and 30¹

“Music is not a ‘nice add-on’ it has tangible, evidence based benefits and reaches out beyond the home to the care sector, hospitals, hospices and across the wider community”, Neil Utley, The Utley Foundation

Through the Commission, ILC-UK has held events, undertaken a literature review, consulted with professionals and members of the public, conducted site visits, written a unique examination into the dementia and music ecosystem & defined a clear pathway for future action. Key findings include:

  • ILC-UK’s review of the evidence has shown that music is multi-dimensional and underpinned by widespread cortical plasticity, suggesting that even if certain areas of the brain are badly affected by dementia, a person may still be able to understand and enjoy music. Music may help in the recall of information for people with dementia, similar to mnemonics, and playing a musical instrument may be associated with a lowered likelihood of developing dementia.
  • Minimising the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD): Music-based interventions have the potential to help minimise BPSD, including symptoms such as agitation, abnormal vocalisation and aggression.
  • Tackling anxiety and depression: Music-based interventions can help to reduce anxiety and depression amongst people with dementia. Some research has suggested that the impact of music therapy on anxiety and depression could potentially be lasting, but more evidence is required.
  • Retaining speech and language: Some evidence suggests that music-based interventions may have the potential to improve the retention of speech and language for people with dementia.
  • Enhancing quality of life: Research suggests that music-based interventions can help to facilitate increased social interaction or ‘flow’, improve well-being, decrease stress hormones and enhance the quality of life of people with dementia.
  • Impact on caregivers: Early-stage research indicates that improvements in caregiving after music-related training are reported by caregivers, families, service providers and music therapists. Feedback suggests that engaging carers in music-based interventions can help them to better understand residents.
  • Palliative and end of life care: Qualitative evidence suggests that music therapy in end of life care may help to minimise anxiety and discomfort.
  • The proposed task force will create a roadmap that includes different strands and emphases such as type of dementia, age, ethnicity, comorbidities etc

Despite the potential value of music in delaying and reducing the symptoms of dementia, estimates suggest that high quality arts & music provision may only be available in 5% of care homes. Only a tiny minority of people with dementia have regular access to music therapy.

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK said:

“Despite growing evidence of the value of music for people with dementia, we are not seeing enough being done to improve access to appropriate music-based activities. When talking about specialist music therapy, current availability only equates to roughly 30 seconds per week per person with dementia, meaning that very few individuals are benefitting from this valuable intervention”.

Sally Bowell, Research Fellow, ILC-UK said:

“Music should not just be considered a nice-to-have, or an ‘add-on’. Music has tangible, evidence-based benefits for people with dementia, such as helping to minimise the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, tackling depression and anxiety, and, importantly, helping to improve quality of life. We want to raise awareness of these important benefits and rally organisations and individuals alike to help champion access to music for people with dementia.”

Neil Utley, The Utley Foundation said:

“People with dementia often live in a silent world. Yet music can bring a person back to life. The ability to connect to music is an innate aspect of being human; having a diagnosis of dementia need not undermine this”.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Tuesday 16th January 2017

Innovating for Ageing: Just and ILC-UK launch new initiative to develop creative solutions for tackling vulnerability in later life

Identifying solutions to the growing problem of vulnerability in later life is the aim of a major new initiative which will bring together experts, innovators and groups who work to support vulnerable consumers.

The project, being launched today, will seek to identify and support the development of products and services that will address the challenges faced by ageing consumers at risk of vulnerability due to physical disability, serious illness, dementia or financial exclusion.

Innovating for Ageing is being led by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), with the support of specialist financial services group Just.

ILC-UK and Just plan to:

  • Bring together innovators and designers with groups representing vulnerable consumers;
  • Promote better understanding of the issues;
  • Identify solutions to specific problems facing vulnerable consumers;
  • Organise events and awards to recognise collaboration and new thinking;
  • Identify and highlight key lessons and good practice;
  • Report back on public policy implications.

David Sinclair, Director of ILC-UK, said he was keen to talk to individuals and organisations keen to participate in the Innovating for Ageing initiative. He said:

“Our ageing society is a driver for increasing levels of vulnerability – more people with dementia, with sight and hearing loss, and multiple long-term health conditions, for example.

“This project aims to seek out technological and policy innovations and solutions, with an aim to removing barriers and ultimately rethinking the products and services that are available on the market.”

Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just, said that research by the Financial Conduct Authority suggests that half of UK consumers – more than 25 million people – currently show “one or more characteristics of potential vulnerability”, indicating the scale of the issue.

“The FCA is calling on industry to lead the way in delivering better products and services,” he said. “This project will be a rallying point for those seeking to respond to the challenges set by FCA and to address the issues vulnerable consumers face, so that they are better treated and get better outcomes when interacting with the market.”

The launch responds to increasing scrutiny of how financial services companies are addressing vulnerability. The FCA has argued the market “is not serving many consumers in vulnerable circumstances consistently or well” and that “customers in vulnerable circumstances are being let down”.

Innovating for Ageing also aims to respond to the vision set out in by the FCA in its recent Our Future Approach to Consumers document, which calls on the financial services industry to better support vulnerable customers. It said it wants to see:

  • Consumers that are enabled to buy the products and services they need because the environment in which they are sold is clear, fair and not misleading, with a good choice architecture;
  • High-quality, good value products and services that meet consumers’ needs;
  • Inclusion – where everyone is able to access the financial products they need and the needs of vulnerable consumers are taken into account;
  • Protection – consumers are appropriately protected from harm.

Contact

For more information about Innovating for Ageing, Contact David Eaton: davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk call 07851 042609

Notes

ILC-UK and Just will launch “Innovation for Ageing” at Innovation Warehouse on 16th January. For invitations to the launch event, email Davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

The FCA has described a vulnerable consumer as being “someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to detriment, particularly when a firm is not acting with appropriate levels of care.”

About Just

Just (Just Group plc) is a FTSE-listed specialist UK financial services company created by the merger of Just Retirement Group and Partnership Assurance Group.

A leader in the individual retirement income, care and defined benefit de-risking markets, Just has been trusted to manage over £15 billion of customers’ retirement savings and has helped customers release over £3.5 billion from their properties.

Just provides a wide range of products, advice and professional services to individual customers, financial intermediaries, corporate clients and pension scheme trustees. www.justgroupplc.co.uk

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

From all of us at ILC-UK, thank you for all of your support over the past year.

Without the ongoing commitment of stakeholders from Government, business, academia and civil society we would be unable to conduct research, advise policy makers and inform the media about rapid population ageing and demographic change.

We are already planning a series of reports and events for 2018, and we look forward to contuining to work with you to ensure that the UK is ready for the future of ageing.

Thank you for attending the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference.

Over 250 delegates joined more than 40 speakers and contributors for a day of debates in plenary sessions and discussions in break-out groups.

The #FutureofAgeing trended on Twitter twice throughout the course of the day, making it one of the top ten issues mentioned on Wednesday, 29th November. Presentation slides from those who delivered Powerpoint presentations on the day are now available on our website.

Recent ILC-UK Publication

Inequalities in later life

Commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, this scoping review provides an overview of the current literature on inequalities in later life.

Exploring retirement transitions

This research report from ILC-UK and the Uncertain Futures research consortium examines extended working lives, the life course and retirement transitions.

Working for everyone

This report by ILC-UK and the renEWL research consortium features research on how working conditions, health and caring responsiblities affect workforce participation.

Public Health in Europe During the Austerity Years

This major report, supported by Pfizer, explores the relationship between austerity policies and public health across Europe.

When I'm 64 - The ILC-UK factpack on retirement transitions

ILC-UK's 2017 factpack, supported by FirstPort, explores retirement transitions and compares the experiences of today's 64 year olds with earlier generations.

ILC-UK Events

Time to Innovate for Ageing - Launch Reception

Tuesday, 16th January 2018; 17:00 - 19:00
Innovation Warehouse, 1st Floor, 1E Poultry Avenue,
Clerkenwell, London EC1A 9PT

This reception will celebrate the launch of a new, year-long programme (Innovating for Ageing) which seeks to identify and support the creation of new products and services to help improve the lives of vulnerable consumers. The best innovations will be recognised later in 2018 at an ILC-UK Awards ceremony.

This event is currently fully booked, but is operating a waiting list.

Click here to register for the waiting list.

Commission on Dementia and Music: Evening reception report launch

Thursday, 18th January 2018; 18:30 (for 19:00) - 20:30; House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0PW

In July 2017, ILC-UK launched the world's first high level Commission on Dementia and Music to investigate the current and potential role of music to help in the prevention, management, treatment and care of dementia.

This launch will see Parliamentarians, celebrities and people with dementia gather for the launch of the Commission's final report.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Report launch, panel discussion and drinks reception on international perspectives for stimulating the UK Housing-with-Care sector

Tuesday, 30th January 2018, Central London

ILC-UK will be holding a report launch, panel discussion and drinks reception on international perspectives for simulating the UK Housing-with-Care sector, kindly supported by the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), on Tuesday 30th January 2018 in London.

During the event, those in attendance will hear from report author and ILC-UK Senior Research Fellow Dr Brian Beach, who will highlight a number of recommendations that could help development of this sector.

This event is currently an invitation only event. If you are interested in attending, please contact ILC-UK at events@ilcuk.org.uk.

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our last update, ILC-UK has published a number of blogs from international contributors as part of our Future of Ageing series, as well as ILC-UK blogs on retirement housing and addressing language barriers in healthcare.

Liad Ortar, Head of the CSR wrote on 'CSR towards the elders: stop talking, start doing!' which examined the potential for corporate social responsibility initiatives to help better cater for older consumers. The Extend research consortium (University of Sheffield; Institute for Work and Technology; TU Dortmund University;University of Cologne) wrote on 'Social inequalities in extending working lives - The case of the health and care sector', which introduced their work in this area.

Astrid Davies, Director of Astrid Davies Consulting wrote about the need to up-skill and retain older workers to ensure sustainable workforces, and implicit ageism in her blog 'Teaching old dogs new tricks?'.

Lieutenant Mark Scoulding wrote about the Salvation Army's views, and their work on adult social care in 'Equal dignity for all? The future of adult social care'. Finally, Rochelle Amour, a consultant at Age Caribbean wrote on 'Can we automate care? Developing countries may not have a choice' featuring case studies from Trinidad and Tobago.

Beyond the Future of Ageing series, ILC-UK Director David Sinclair wrote about what older people actually want from retirement housing, and what needs to be done to make the sector more attractive, and Research and Policy Assistant Amna Riaz wrote on addressing language barriers in healthcare in the UK.

If you would like to contribute an article to our guest blog, please contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Partners Programme

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Edinburgh Napier University, EY, FirstPort, Housing&Care 21, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Working with ILC-UK

RESEARCH AND EVENTS

Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

PRESS
If you would like to receive ILC-UK press releases, please email events@ilcuk.org.uk and we will add you to our press release list.


ILC-UK invites interested agencies to submit a written proposal and budget outline. These should be submitted no later than 9:00am on 22nd of January 2018.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a face-to-face pitch. Please prepare to present your approach, experience, team and costs for up to 45 minutes, followed by up to 30 minutes of Q+A with ILC-UK’s senior management team. Please provide 2 printed copies of your presentation to leave behind after the pitch.

Any questions for clarification can be submitted to Head of Economics, Ben Franklin at benfranklin@ilcuk.org.uk prior to bid submission.

Timeline

The outline timescales for the project are:

  • 22nd of January - tenders received
  • W/C 29th of January - pitches for shortlisted agencies
  • W/C 5th of February - project commencement
  • W/C 12th of February - ILC-UK and agency meeting
  • May 2018 - project delivery

In your response to this brief, ILC-UK expects to see the following in your tender:

  • Full details of the process, including clear identification of the stages, outputs delivered at each  stage,  level of ILC-UK involvement/consultation, key deliverables, number of design routes offered and timescales for delivery
     
  • Your experience of conducting similar projects e.g. examples of relevant rebranding exercises you have undertaken and relevant clients. Ideally we would want to see evidence of work done  for clients that actively engage with government e.g. think tanks or trade/business associations or other firms in the public sector
     
  • Details of your recommended team to deliver this brief, their expertise and experience ofdirect relevance
     
  • A full project budget breakdown, including your team day rates by individual team member, expected number of days on the project at each stage/against key outputs (logo/brand identity, brand  guidelines, marketing materials,  publication  templates). Any project management fees  should be costed separately. Please note that cost will be a core consideration for ILC-UK as a small independent  charity, in the selection of its preferred agency.
     
  • The contact details for two previous clients or projects of relevance to this brief, who can be contacted for a reference as appropriate.

For more information, please click here to download the Invitation to Tender.

In May this year, ILC-UK conducted a study mission to Japan supported by our sister organisation, ILC-Japan, and funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Extending from this trip, ILC-Japan visited London this autumn to learn about the UK approach to delivering social care, with a focus on the certification of care need and the development of care plans. As part of their report to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, they are seeking further information and perspectives from those who work in these areas. They have also conducted this exercise in the Netherlands and Germany, so we certainly want the UK perspective to be heard!

We would greatly appreciate any input and submissions from qualified individuals in this area to assist our Japanese colleagues. Do note that they are aware of the differences in our systems, for example the role that Local Authorities play in the assessment process, so some of the questions may not have one direct answer. Regarding the requested information, there are two parts.

Part 1: Hypothetical Case Studies
There are four paragraphs describing different examples of people facing circumstances where various aspects of their mobility have changed. These are also accompanied by charts with further detail related to their health and other circumstances (e.g. ADL limitations, social activities). ILC-Japan would be interested in answers to the following questions for these cases, as well as how these might differ if dementia was a factor:

  1. Consultation: Where would this person go first for consultation? After the initial consultation, what would the process look like until he/she starts receiving services (or what would the process look like until it is determined that he/she would not receive services)?
  2. Service delivery: What kind of formal services and informal support do you think this person would be able to receive? (excluding medical services by hospitals, family doctors, etc.) When this person receives services/support, who/what organization would conduct his/her needs assessment, and who/what organization would decide on the content of services/support?
  3. Monitoring: Who would conduct this person’s monitoring and how?


Part 2: Data Collection
ILC-Japan have provided two sets of questions around the delivery of social care in the UK: one for those who certify care needs and another for those who assess/develop care plans. They have already gathered substantial amounts of information, but any additional perspectives would be greatly appreciated, even if you do not provide answers to all the questions. However, there will be a small remuneration for responses based on the length for those from non-governmental organisations (this also applies to the case study request above). The researchers are particularly interested in what efforts are actually being made in order to help older people influence their wellbeing themselves. For anyone with limited time, responses related to this aspect alone, in the context of the provided questions, would certainly be welcome.

While ILC-Japan would like to cite the individual or organisation providing the information, respondents can remain anonymous if preferred.

The researchers would benefit greatly from responses submitted at your earliest convenience, ideally before Friday, 15 December, if at all possible. Responses received after this date would still be welcome.

You can download the relevant documents below, and submissions can be emailed to carestudy@ilcuk.org.uk.

Thank you very much in advance for your assistance, and we look forward to receiving your contribution!

If you have any questions or issues, you can contact brianbeach@ilcuk.org.uk.

Documents:

Part 1 - Hypothetical Cases ENG (Word Doc)
Part 2 - Data request ENG (Word Doc)

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Press Release

Children as young as 7 affected by mental health problems more likely to be out of work by 55

  • Events in childhood and young adulthood can influence workforce participation in later life.
  • Flexible working is far from common practise and for some workers it is impractical.

Two complementary research reports published today by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) have both found that physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on employment trajectories in later life.

The reports are based on research conducted by two research consortia dedicated to examining retirement transitions and extended working lives: ‘Exploring retirement transitions’ is based on research from the Uncertain Futures* consortium, and ‘Working for everyone: addressing barriers and inequalities in the extended working lives agenda’ is compiled with data from the renEWL* research team.

All of the researchers involved in both reports are calling for mental health strategies to adopt a life course approach, ensuring good provision across all ages.

The Uncertain Futures team are also calling for employers to conduct ‘pre-retirement check-ups’ for their staff who are approaching the state pension age and for the Government to explore options for flexible withdrawal of the state pension before state pension age.

Both reports include analysis of the National Child Development Study, a cohort study of 98% of births in England, Scotland and Wales during a week in March 1958, with participants followed up throughout their lives.

The analysis found:

  • Children as young as 7 whose parents and teachers reported them showing signs of depression, worry or withdrawal on one or more occasions are more likely to be unemployed at age 55
  • Children displaying these problems are also at an increased risk of being permanently sick at 55
  • Children reported for disobedience, aggressiveness or bullying on at least three occasions have an increased risk for unemployment, permanent sickness and being homemakers than children not reported showing these behaviours

The research teams also found that traumatic events experienced in childhood, such as physical or sexual abuse, parental absence or parental divorce are also associated with reduced labour force participation at 55, even when considering other factors such as gender, mental health, education and socioeconomic position during adulthood.

Although public policy has focused on promoting flexible working in later adulthood to support longer working lives, this research indicates that Government will need to adopt a lifecourse approach to health and wellbeing if people are to work until current State Pension Age and beyond. The findings also suggest that flexible working is far from common practise and for some workers it is impractical.

  • Analysis of data on retirement transitions in England and the USA, shows that relatively few work after pensionable age directly as a result of moving into part-time work or self-employment beforehand.
  • It is still the case that the majority of working men continue to work full-time until retirement while women typically work part-time and then retire fully.
  • Detailed case studies of UK women working in low paid sectors suggest that some simply cannot afford to work part-time or reduce their hours.
  • Moreover, some employers are scared to discuss retirement with those approaching pensionable age for fear of breaching age discrimination legislation.

The renEWL research consortium are calling on the Government to ensure that mental health strategies adopt a life course approach, given that the team found that mental health issues in those as young as 7 continue to affect them and their workforce participation until age 55 and beyond.

The Uncertain Futures research team are calling for employers to offer ‘pre-retirement check-ups’ for staff approaching the state pension age to discuss their plans and options for the future. In response to the number of people who cannot afford to take phased retirement and so are working long hours despite needing greater flexibility due to ill health or caring responsibilities, the team are also calling for the Government to explore allowing people to have partial access to their state pension before state pension age.

The two reports also feature new findings related to the impact that different working conditions, informal caring responsibilities and socio-economic inequalities have on retirement transitions and workforce participation in later life.

Professor Jenny Head, Professor of Medical and Social Statistics, UCL and Head of the renEWL team said:

‘We know from previous research that mental health has an important influence on employment in later life. We found that poor psychological health across the life course, including as far back as childhood, is related to unemployment at age 55.

We also found that working conditions and onset of caring responsibilities have an impact on employment at older ages. We hope our findings will inform strategies to reduce inequalities in employment rates of older workers, including support for both children and adults with mental health problems’.

Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, Professor of Work and Employment, University of Kent and Head of the Uncertain Futures team said:

‘In the popular imagination the process of retirement has changed dramatically, with the old cliff edge of retirement for men, working full-time and then just stopping, being a thing of the past, the evidence from the longitudinal data sets and the organisational case studies suggest however that this is an exaggeration and access to flexible work or gradual retirement is untypical’.

David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK said:

‘It is clear from this research that some of the drivers for unemployment in our 50s are determined very early in our lives. We must ensure that mental health strategies focus on supporting people of all ages. Early intervention is key if we are to ensure that people can continue to work into old age’.

Contact

Dave Eaton at ILC-UK davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk 02073400440.

renEWL team leader Professor Jenny Head and Uncertain Futures team leader Professor Sarah Vickerstaff are available for further comment and interview on request.

Notes

‘Working for everyone: Addressing barriers and inequalities in the extended working lives agenda’ and ‘Exploring retirement transitions’ will be available to download at www.ilcuk.org.uk on 00:01 Tuesday, 5th December.

About renEWL

The renEWL (Research on Extending Working Lives) research consortium, led by Professor Jenny Head and Dr Mai Stafford, conducts longitudinal research on the determinants of working beyond the age of 50, with a focus on the interface of different domains: workplace and health, family and workplace, area and individual. Funded by the ESRC and the MRC, the consortium includes researchers in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, and the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

About Uncertain Futures

The Uncertain Futures research consortium, led by Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, studies the impacts on individuals and organisations of policy changes around the extension of working life, such as the ending of mandatory retirement ages and the right to request flexible working extended to all employees.

Funded by the ESRC and the MRC, the consortium is multidisciplinary using a mixed method approach and with a key focus on the employing organisation. The consortium includes researchers from the Universities of Kent, Bath, Edinburgh, Leeds Beckett, Queen Mary University of London, Manchester, Newcastle and The Institute of Occupational Medicine.

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Ends

  • Improvements to life expectancy and mortality rates have slowed across Europe during austerity years (2009 – 13)
  • The UK has seen the greatest fall in subjective health, with people of all ages reporting a decline in their general health
  • As a result of increasing medical costs and declining personal income, a number of countries experienced rising unmet medical needs 

A new report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), ‘Public health in Europe during the austerity years’, has identified early warning signs that austerity will affect health outcomes for decades to come.

The report was compiled by a team of researchers at ILC-UK on the basis of a series of independent data sources, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Eurostat and the International Monetary Fund.

It indicates that progress on a number of key health indicators has stalled, including life expectancy and mortality rates. Levels of subjective health have fallen among young people aged 15 – 24 across Europe, and in all age-groups in the UK.

In the UK, improvements to mortality rates fell by 63% during the austerity years (2009 – 13) compared to the preceding years (2004 – 08), and progress in life expectancy stalled during the same period. By comparison, improvements to mortality slowed by 26% across Europe, while progress in life expectancy remained stable.

Cuts to preventative medicine in England, such as tobacco control programmes and sexual health services, were highlighted as austerity measures which could impact the health of young people decades into the future. Experts have suggested that preventative medicine has been the casualty of austerity measures as their impact is less visible to the public than cuts on hospitals and GPs.

George Holley-Moore, Research and Policy Manager at ILC-UK said:

“This study paints a mixed picture, with some worrying health outcomes such as a fall in subjective health here in the UK, as well as a reduction in prevention spending and rise in unmet medical needs across Europe. But with ageing populations and increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, European health systems do not need stagnation, they need continual improvement. If the best austerity can offer is health systems that are just about treading water, that will not be enough to meet the immense challenges of increased longevity. We should take heed of these early warning signs and initiate measures to protect our future health.”

The full report will be unveiled as part of the International Longevity Centre’s annual ‘Future of Ageing’ conference on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

-ENDS-

Notes to the Editor:

For further information and to arrange media interviews please contact:

Dave Eaton
DaveEaton@ilcuk.org.uk
Tel: 0207 340 0440

A number of spokespeople are available, enquire for opportunities:

  • George Holley-Moore, Research and Policy Manager, ILC-UK
  • David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focused on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

The Future of Ageing Conference will take place on 29th November 2017 at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre.

The ‘Public Health in Europe during the Austerity Years’ Report was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer.

                                                                    
  • Innovative new programme revealed at ILC-UK’s flagship “Future of Ageing” conference London

Identifying solutions to the growing problem of vulnerability in later life is the aim of a new initiative launched at the Future of Ageing Conference this week.

The specialist financial services group Just, with the support of the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), is leading the programme which will bring together experts, innovators and groups who work to support vulnerable consumers to collaborate on future solutions.

Its objective is to identify and support the development of products and services that will address the challenges faced by ageing consumers at risk of vulnerability due to physical disability, illness, dementia or financial exclusion.

The launch responds to the increasing scrutiny by the Financial Conduct Authority of how financial services companies are addressing vulnerability. It has argued the market “is not serving many consumers in vulnerable circumstances consistently or well” and that “customers in vulnerable circumstances are being let down”.

Innovating for Ageing will be a solutions-based project aiming to deliver improvements to vulnerable customers’ experiences with the products and services they encounter when dealing with financial services, as well as businesses and organisations from outside of the financial services industry. Just and ILC-UK plans to:

  • Bring together innovators and designers with groups representing vulnerable consumers to promote better understanding of the issues;
  • Organise events including “innovation sprints” and awards to inspire and recognise collaboration and new thinking;
  • Identify and highlight key lessons and good practice;
  • Report back on public policy implications.

David Sinclair, Director of ILC-UK, said he was keen to talk to individuals and organisations keen to participate in the Innovating for Ageing initiative. He said:

“Our ageing society is a driver for increasing levels of vulnerability – more people with dementia, with sight and hearing loss, and multiple long-term health conditions, for example.

“This project aims to seek out technological and policy innovations and solutions, with an aim to removing barriers and ultimately rethinking the products and services that are available on the market.”

Stephen Lowe, Group Communications Director at Just, said that recent FCA reports suggest as many as half of UK consumers – more than 25 million people – currently show “one or more characteristics of potential vulnerability”, which indicates the scale of the challenge.

“The FCA is calling on industry to lead the way in delivering better products and services,” he said. “This project will be a rallying point for those seeking to respond to the challenges set by FCA and to address the issues vulnerable consumers face when interacting with businesses, whether from the financial services industry or other sectors.”

Innovating for Ageing also aims to respond to the vision set out in by the FCA in its recent Our Future Approach to Consumers mission document that called upon the financial services to better support vulnerable customers. It said it wants to see in all markets:

  • Consumers that are enabled to buy the products and services they need because the environment in which they are sold is clear, fair and not misleading with a good choice architecture;
  • High-quality, good value products and services that meet consumers’ needs;
  • Inclusion – where everyone is able to access the financial products they need and the needs of vulnerable consumers are taken into account;
  • Protection – consumers are appropriately protected from harm.


FAQ

What is Innovating for Ageing?

Innovating for Ageing aims to identifying solutions to the growing problem of vulnerability in later life.

We will identify and support the development of products and services that address the challenges faced by ageing consumers at risk of vulnerability due to physical disability, illness, dementia or financial exclusion.

Why are we focussing on vulnerable older consumers?

The FCA defines a vulnerable consumer as “someone who, due to their personal circumstances, is especially susceptible to detriment, particularly when a firm is not acting with appropriate levels of care.”

There are growing numbers of older people who might be defined as vulnerable.

In an ageing society, more and more of us are likely to become vulnerable consumers, even if just temporarily. The likelihood for example, of physical disability, serious illnesses, digital exclusion and dementia increase with age. And as our society is ageing we are witnessing a higher proportion of our population in old age and a growing number of people reaching their 80th year and beyond.

And there is a need to better serve vulnerable consumers. The FCA has argued that the “financial services market is not serving many consumers in vulnerable circumstances consistently or well”. In fact, they go as far as saying that “customers in vulnerable circumstances are being let down by their financial service providers.


What will we be doing?

  • We will bring together key stakeholders at a launch reception at Innovation Warehouse on 16th January
  • We will organise an event to help technology companies, start-ups and innovators understand the needs of vulnerable consumers
  • We will organise a “Vulnerable Consumers Innovation Sprint” to inspire new ideas
  • We will organise an awards ceremony to promote and recognise the best ideas
  • We will produce a short report setting out lessons for policy makers

Why should you work with us?

Over the next six months Innovating for Ageing will seek out technological and policy solutions to the challenges faced by vulnerable consumers.

  • We will give visibility to your concerns about how to best support vulnerable consumers
  • We will seek out technological and policy solutions to the problems you identify
  • We will highlight the issues you raise with Government and regulators


How can you work with us?

  • Let us know what are the biggest challenges you think which are faced by vulnerable consumers
  • Agree to participate in the project
  • Help us promote the activities and the awards to the companies you work with
  • Suggest entrants or categories for the awards
  • Attend project events, including speaking opportunities
  • Participate in our vulnerable consumer workshop to highlight the needs of vulnerable consumers
  • Participate as a judge for the awards
  • Support the development of some of the solutions
  • Host an event as part of the project

Invitation to contribute

We want your input into the project. Please send us your response to the questions below via email (info@innovatingforageing.uk)

Or complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/innovatingforageing

Q1. What are the biggest challenges vulnerable older consumers face when trying to buy products and services?

Q2. What do you think are the most important challenges you or your organisation has when trying to support vulnerable consumers

Q3) What do you think is the biggest and most important challenge facing vulnerable older consumers and those who serve them?

For more information, to respond to the consultation and join our mailing list, contact us @

info@innovatingforageing.uk
Twitter: @ageinnovations
Facebook.com/ageinnovations

 

Press Release

Embargoed Friday 24th November 2017 00.01

Older people spending more time in ill health as health inequalities increase


Older people are spending an increasing number of retirement years living in poor health, according to new research from the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK). Inequalities in life expectancy by local authority have been increasing whilst the growth in pensioner income has been stalling.

The new findings have been revealed in ILC-UK’s annual flagship “State of the Nation” Factpack (“When I’m 64”) which has been supported by FirstPort.

The Factpack also finds that whilst the age at which older people retire has been increasing, relatively few older people work beyond State Pension Age. Older workers contribute towards a considerable amount of the UK economy’s gig economy work. And the over 50s account for more than a quarter of all zero hours work.

“When I’m 64” finds that life for 64-year old’s today is very different than 45 years ago with today’s 64-year-olds more likely to be homeowner, have a degree – but also more likely to have a chronic illness than those in 1972.

Life expectancy growing – but so is poor health and inequalities

  • Between 2000 and 2014, the gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at the age of 65 rose from 6.4 years to 8.1 years for men, and from 8.2 years to 9.6 years for women
  • Inequalities in at 65 life expectancy by local authority have been rising, particularly for women. These inequalities are strongly related to local differences in health and disability, education, skills and training and employment
  • The average healthy life expectancy for those at 65 in the ten-worst performing English local authorities is 7.4 years. By contrast, the ten best performing local authorities have an average healthy life expectancy that is almost twice as long at 13.6 years
  • Tower Hamlets is the worst performing local authority with only 6.5 years of healthy life expectancy at 65, while Richmond upon Thames is the best performing local authority with 14.5 additional years of good health expected

A growing army of older workers, but still a retirement cliff-edge

  • 3.7 million people aged 50+ work in health and social work, education and wholesale and retail representing between 27% and 35% of their respective sectors
  • But agriculture is most heavily reliant on older workers, with almost half of the workforce (47.5%) over the age of 50
  • In 2016, economic activity rates for men aged 65 to 69 were 25.5%, while among women they were16.9%
  • The proportion of people in the labour force between 65 and 69 who were self-employed was 35.1% in 2017
  • The over 50s account for more than a quarter of all zero hours work

Life for 64-year-olds has changed significantly over the past 45 years. Today’s 64-year-old is much more likely to own their home outright than 64-year old’s in 1972 (69.5% compared with 26.3% in 1972). 17.6% of today’s 64-year old’s have a degree compared with 1.6% in 1972. 64-year old’s today are more likely to have a chronic illness and disability than 64 years old in 1972 (42.1% to 52.3%).

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics at ILC-UK said:

“This year’s factpack focuses on those making the retirement transition. It shows that in some areas, such as life expectancy, we continue to be making gains, but that these gains have not been shared by everyone. Supporting longer, healthier lives must be a critical priority for government and employers.

Only through such an effort will we be able to succeed in a number of key policy areas, such as: raising State Pension Ages and securing a sustainable health and care system.  Moreover, given the tightening of the labour market, and uncertainty over future migration policy, it is more imperative than ever that employers find ways to retain older workers”.

Nigel Howell, Chief Executive of FirstPort, added:

“Through our Retirement Property Services division, FirstPort manages retirement homes that help residents stay active, socially connected, and independent for as long as possible. Increasingly, this also means ‘economically active’ with residents continuing to work well into their sixties and beyond. This new trend can bring real benefits, both for society at large and to the quality of life for the individual.

“The insight that ILC-UK’s research and Factpack provides helps all of us – industry and government – to do better for everyone, and we are very proud to support it.”

When I’m 64 also highlights that:

  • The growth of net pensioner income has stalled in recent years
  • One in five people aged 50-64 are carers
  • Proportion of individuals between the ages of 55-64 renting privately has been steadily increasing
  • Those in their 60s today are most likely to be living in couple households by the time they are in their 80s, and the proportion of households accounted for by women living alone is expected to fall from 30% to 15%. But this still means around 25% of households will consist of individuals living alone
  • In 2015, those households between 65 and 69 spent more on package holidays than other age groups
  • In 2017, 89.9% of men and 90% of women aged between 55 and 64 had used the internet in the last 3 months

Contact: David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk)
Tel: 02073400440

Notes:

Full references are available in When I’m 64: The ILC-UK Factpack on Retirement Transitions. The report will be published on the ILC-UK website on 22nd November.

Advanced copies of the Factpack are available from ILC-UK.

The report will be presented at ILC-UK’s annual Factpack Pub Quiz to take place in London on the evening of 22nd November.

About ILC-UK:

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

About FirstPort:

FirstPort is the largest residential property management company in the UK.

  • High risk drinking is declining in the UK except among over 50s
  • ONS figures reveal 45% rise in alcohol-specific deaths in over 50s since 2001
  • Three out of four residential rehab services in England exclude older people    

A new report being launched in the House of Lords tomorrow (21st November) has found that ageism and age discrimination in alcohol policy, practice and research is denying older people the treatment they need to recover from harmful drinking.

The report for Drink Wise, Age Well [1] asserts that some policies and practices are actually in breach of Equality and Human Rights legislation and calls on UK governments to develop alcohol strategies that recognise that older adults’ needs may be different to those of younger people.
           
Higher risk drinking [2] is declining in the UK except among people who are age 50 and over and with an ageing population the trend is of major concern, not least to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has set a target of at least 10% relative reduction in harmful use of alcohol by 2025.

Recent ONS figures further underline the urgency of the situation. ONS Alcohol-specific deaths [3] in the UK: registered in 2016 show a 45% increase in alcohol-specific deaths in the over 50s in the past 15 years (since 2001). 
      
The new report, however, states that “Ageist policies can be identified easily and abolished in a relatively short period… with very little impact on resources”.

Calling Time – Addressing ageism and age discrimination in alcohol policy, practice and research was compiled by the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team at the University of Bedfordshire, Addaction and the International Longevity Centre-UK based on extensive review of UK strategies, policies and legislation, published literature and data on clinical trials, as well as a polling of professional opinion and focus groups with problematic drinkers.

Its main findings include:

  • Practitioners discriminating against older adults including managing issues relating to alcohol use (e.g. vitamin injections) rather than referring them for alcohol treatment and young adults being prioritised over older people
  • Some of the reasons given are perceptions that older people are too old to change and that it’s not worth intervening because of life expectancy. There is also a sense that the care needs of older people are too complex for treatment
  • A study [3] for Alcohol Research UK featured in the report found that “three out of four residential alcohol rehab services in England exclude older people based on arbitrary age limit”
  • The Equality Act 2010 states that “services must provide equal services regardless of age or disability”. It is therefore unlawful for services “to provide inferior services, or refuse to provide services because of a person’s age, unless there is a good or sufficient reason”
  • Age is no predictor of care needs. It is quite possible that the needs of a 40 year-old will be higher than those of a 65 year-old
  • Adults over the age of 65 are excluded from 46% of clinical trials for alcohol treatment/interventions.

Writing in the report Foreword Baroness Dianne Hayter said, “Contrary to popular belief, harmful drinking is not the preserve of the young. In fact, many young people have followed advice and favour the gym or sports field over the pub and have been brought up never to drink and drive. Indeed, the only age group in the UK where drinking has increased  is the 65-74 year-old. So our consideration – and prevention – of problem drinking has to turn to the retired, or those who’ll approach it over the coming years.

“Drink Wise Age Well has drawn up guidance and recommendations for a swathe of organisations and professions, providing a vital tool in promoting health, happiness and a productive retirement for a growing generation.”

Key recommendations include: 

  • Remove arbitrary age limits for alcohol services
  • Governments should develop alcohol strategies which incorporate age as a cross-cutting theme and explicitly recognise that older adults’ needs may be different from those of younger adults
  • Following the example of the Welsh Government, convene an advisory panel to develop substance misuse guidance focused specifically on older adults
  • Inform alcohol services of their legal obligation to provide equitable care and take action if services are consistently discriminating against older adults
  • Ensure decisions on whether or not to refer someone to rehab is made on ability to benefit. Age alone should not be a barrier to referral
  • Ensure that older adults are included in clinical trials and research studies unless there is good justification for not doing so.

Julie Breslin, Head of Drink Wise, Age Well said:

“Changing lifestyles and the older demographic means for the first time in recent history older people in the UK drink more and are more likely to exceed recommended guidelines than other age groups, but help and support has not yet caught up. Older people are being written off – sometimes unlawfully - and we believe this report has the potential to change that.”           

Ends

Issued by and further information from Nancy McLardie. Media & Communications Manager, Drink Wise, Age Well, tel: 07583 133294; email: nancy.mclardie@drinkwiseagewell.org.uk 
Please avoid the words addict, alcoholic, user or abuser, as suggested in the Associated Press Stylebook 2017, in order to stop the stigmatisation of a health issue.

Supporting quotes 

From Thelma Abernethy, Caroline Phipps
Dr Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern, said:

“Harmful drinking among the over 50s is on the rise and the way we tackle it requires an urgent response. This report, together with our research report on age discrimination within residential rehabilitation services, shows very clearly that concerted action is needed to ensure that those drinking at harmful levels can access the support they need. We urge policy-makers and practitioners to implement the recommendations in these reports fully and without delay to save lives and to improve outcomes for drinkers and their families.”

Notes to Editors

1. Led by the behaviour change charity Addaction  and supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Drink Wise, Age Well was established in 2014 to help people aged 50+ make healthier choices about alcohol as they age.

The seven-year programme is being delivered across five “demonstration” areas – Glasgow, Sheffield, Devon, Cwm Taf in Wales and the Western Trust Health & Social Care area in Northern Ireland covering the Foyle area, Fermanagh and Tyrone. 

The Drink Wise, Age Well programme offers an integrated, community-based approach around four main activities: prevention and campaigning; delivering one-to-one support; developing individual and community resilience to alcohol misuse and training and workforce skills development.  
       
2. The United Kingdom is currently experiencing a generational shift in terms of alcohol use.  Harmful use of alcohol is declining across the whole population but increasing among older adults.  In England, those aged 65-74 are the only age group where daily alcohol consumption is increasing [1, 2]. In Scotland, harmful, hazardous and binge drinking is increasing amongst those aged 65-74 but decreasing in other age groups [3].  In Wales, those aged 65 and over are the only age group where drinking above the daily guidelines is increasing [4]. In Northern Ireland, the most noticeable increases in alcohol consumption in recent years have been amongst those aged 60-75 [5].  Of equal concern is the population that will soon make the transition into old age.  Today, for the first time in recent history, drinkers aged 55-64 in England and Scotland drink more and are more likely to exceed the recommended weekly guidelines than any other age group [1, 3].

3. ONS Alcohol-specific deaths in the UK: registered in 2016
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/causesofdeath/bulletins/alcoholrelateddeathsintheunitedkingdom/registeredin2016

A full copy of ‘Calling Time – Addressing ageism and age discrimination in alcohol policy, practice and research’ may be viewed here (insert link).

A full copy of Alcohol Research UK’s report on age limits in alcohol rehab services is available here (insert link).      

Statistical references

(1) National Statistics. Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2017. http://www.content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB22616
. (2) Home Office. The Government’s Alcohol Strategy. 2012 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alcohol-strategy
(3) Scottish Government. Trend tables for Scottish Health Survey key results up to 2015. 2016 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/scottish-health-survey/
Publications/TrendTables15
(4) National Statistics. Welsh Health Survey, 2015. 2016 http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/welsh-healthsurvey/?tab=previous&lang=en
. (5) Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety. Adult drinking patterns in Northern Ireland survey 2013. 2014 https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/adult-drinking-patterns-northernireland-
survey-2013.

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focused on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:

  • Producing over 35 reports.
  • Holding over 50 high level events and conferences.
  • Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

Candidate Specification

We need an Administrative Assistant to support our growing team, based in our offices in Westminster.  The post holder should have experience in both office and event administration and be able to work at a rapid pace, with the event and research teams.  We need an Assistant who has excellent organisational and communication skills as well as great attention to detail.

A high level of accuracy is needed with a flexible approach to managing and prioritising multiple tasks and deadlines.  In return, ILC-UK will offer opportunities for learning and developing as well as other benefits including 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays and your birthday off and a 5% contributory pension.  We also offer a cycle to work scheme and a season ticket loan.

This role would suit an individual with experience in supporting a small team and who also has experience in liaising with and coordination of a variety of audiences.

Someone with experience in developing and maintaining a database would be desirable though not essential.

Key Responsibilities

Supporting staff: Co-ordinating diaries, arranging meetings, booking travel and maintaining the office.

Co-ordinating events: Organising logistics, liaising with speakers and attendees and preparing materials.

Uploading online content: Updating websites, preparing newsletters and providing social media support.

Co-ordinating the ILC-UK database: Supporting the implementation of a new database and maintaining it.

Contributing to ILC-UK’s broader community life: Contributing to ILC-UK internal and external meetings and events, and more broadly the intellectual and social capital of the organisation.

Key Skills

Essential

  • Office administrative experience
  • Event support experience
  • Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise workloads
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Ability to communicate to a wide variety of audiences

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a think-tank and/ or small organisation
  • Experience of using and maintaining a database
  • Experience of uploading content online
  • Demonstrable interest or experience of intergenerational/ ageing issues.

Post Information

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements for the right candidate.

Duration: Permanent

Location: Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London

Hours: 5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)

Salary: £22,000-£25,000 (depending on experience)

Start Date: ASAP

How to Apply

Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Operations Director at recruitment@ilcuk.org.uk, ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

Application Deadline Thursday 30 November 2017 at 5pm

Interview Date Tuesday 12 December 2017

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Wednesday, 29th November 2017 - 9:00 - 18:00 (approx.)
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
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1. Argue (or agree) with our academic experts including: Professor Debora Price; Professor Andrew Scott; Professor Alan Johnson; Professor Tom Scharf; Professor Jonathan Portes.

2. Hear from Parliamentarians, past and present including: Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP; Lord Best; Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell; and Baroness Sally Greengross.

3. Gain insight from industry experts in housing, pensions, technology and care.

4. Be among the first to hear about our work on health and austerity, with new research launched on the day.

5. Debate the big issues including:

  • How can we save the NHS?
  • How we can maximise the economic contribution of older people?
  • How can the housing industry innovate for tomorrow's older consumers?
  • Filling the skills gaps: Migration, more older workers, or both?
  • Can technology drive innovation in pensions, health and care?
  • Is Anti-microbial resistance a threat to longevity – and what can we do about it?
  • Is the future less or more ageist?

6. Chat and network with 250 colleagues interested in the future of ageing over food from the Chickpea Sisters, a catering company run by refugee and migrant women.

7. Discuss end of life issues at our lunchtime “Death Café”.

8. Join us for a drinks reception at the end of the day to plot next steps.

9. Hear the three winners of our “open slot” competition discuss intergenerational projects, the implications of men ageing without children and how to fund social care.

10. Discover your role in ensuring that the UK is finally ready for our rapidly ageing population.

ILC-UK is pleased to announce that we are an accredited London Living Wage Employer.

Our Living Wage commitment means that everyone who either works directly for us or as third-party contracted staff receives a minimum hourly wage of £9.75.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually by the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said:

“We welcome the ILC-UK to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.

We are a movement of over 3000 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more.

These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like the ILC-UK join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

We are currently looking to review and refresh the consultants we work with. As a small organisation which is continuing to grow in terms of work, reach and size, we often partner with consultants when we are low on capacity and/or require specific skills we do not possess in house.

To this end, we are looking to establish a small but diverse range of consultants who can contribute to our work in the following areas:

  • Health Economists - We are interested in working with individuals who have a particular expertise in health economics, i.e those who have expertise in studying the functioning of health markets, and with detailed experience of quantitatively evaluating health interventions.
     
  • Fiscal and Economic Policy – we are keen to work with economists who can provide robust economic analysis to help formulate our policy positions and build evidence to support them through leading on costings, public finances forecasting and interest/expertise in developing new models of analysis for ILC-UK.
     
  • Expert users of microdata - We are looking for individuals who are highly comfortable using big datasets such as ELSA, LCFS and WAS in order to derive robust insights about the behaviours of individuals over time.
     
  • Strong research and/or policy expertise in the following subjects linked to population ageing including but not exclusively - pensions and financial planning, poverty and life chances, health and social care, housing and design, the built environment, the older consumer, equalities and age discrimination.
     
  • Demography – we are interested in individuals who have expertise and research experience in analysing complex demographic surveys and demographic modelling, in particular a background in either demography, epidemiology, statistics. Consultants who have a track record of working on and preparing population survey datasets would be of interest.
     
  • Futurist, Trend Forecasting and Data Analytics – we are a futures based organisation and we are not simply about responding to population ageing today but rather anticipating and developing solutions for tomorrow. We are interested in experts who will help us to identify global, national and regional trends and disruptors across different sectors and markets.
     
  • Qualitative Research – we occasionally look to work with consultants on large qualitative aspects of research and would be particularly interested to hear from consultants with expertise in working with older and/or vulnerable groups.
     
  • Events and broader stakeholder engagement – alongside our research and policy analysis, we run a wide range of events, broader stakeholder engagement and influencing activity. We are particularly keen to hear from professionals who have a strong track record in delivering projects of this nature and organising high level events including fundraising events.

We would ask interested individuals to please send over their CV, with additional details of: availability/level of notice required for projects, estimated day or project rate and two references of past clients or previous employment.

If your skills and experience marry with our requirements then we would be keen to recognise you as an official ILC consultant on our webpage and of course, any involvement in projects would be attributed and acknowledged. Following on from this, we would look to hold an initial set up meeting to explore future potential projects.


For further details or to apply please email: Research and Strategy Director: Sallymariebamford@ilcuk.org.uk

Further details and background on ILC-UK:

We are the ILC-UK, the leading think tank on ageing and demographic change. As an independent non-partisan charitable think tank, we are futures based, exploring sustainable solutions to some of the prescient challenges facing us today.

Established by Baroness Greengross in 2001, we generate strategic thinking on some of the most challenging issues facing us as national and global citizens. We are part of 17 ILC Centres, which extends our reputation and reach across the world.

Our overarching mission is to make a difference – not just in terms of delivering better outcomes for older people – but critically helping to create a fair, just and sustainable society for all, creating current and future wellbeing across society and the generations.

We generate strategic thinking on some of the most challenging issues facing us as national and global citizens. We produce rigorous yet accessible evidenced based research and thought leadership. Presenting current and futures research on economic policy, families and community, health and social care, migration and integration, transport and planning, work and wellbeing.

Issue and impact driven –we aim to improve public policy and practice both at the national and international level. We are solutions focussed and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

We believe to have true impact as a think tank you need to combine robust and rigorous research methods with strong policy knowledge and adept communication. We are unique in our skills set, with a core team of 14, composed of former academics, Chief Executives, economists, policy advisors and speech writers. We are also supported in a work by a broader team of Trustees, leading advisors, consultants and our Academic and Emerging Researchers Board.

Our primary audiences and stakeholders are national and international governments, politicians, policy makers, thought leaders and opinion formers, business and industry, the third sector and other think tanks and researchers in the academic and non-academic sectors.

We have limited core funding (which is currently derived by a Partners Programme primarily composted of private sector organisations, though some Universities), with income primarily being generated by project based research, policy analysis and events.

We work with a range of leading corporate clients, including the financial and insurance sector, housing and retirement providers for example but have of late diversified income streams to include Government departmental funding for example DH, third sector funding mainly from ageing related charities, ESRC funding and other academic, grants and trust funding through working with academic partners. Please visit our website to see examples of our work and past clients.

Responding to NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement’s announcement that employers of social care workers will no longer need to pay to have their employees vaccinated against the flu, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) has praised the long-called for decision.

Whilst NHS staff were already offered the vaccination for free to protect patients and the public, the Government recommended that social care workers were immunised but asked employers of social care workers to pay for the vaccine. The ILC-UK has long highlighted the need to fund the vaccine for social care workers, to protect the extremely vulnerable people under their care.

The flu epidemic in care homes in Wigan last winter, which lead to thirty cases of flu, eight deaths, and Wigan Infirmary and the North West Ambulance Service facing additional pressures, is a case study of the toll that low uptake of flu vaccination among care home staff can have on residents and the NHS.

However, the ILC-UK is also urging the Government to ensure that domiciliary care workers are also reimbursed for the immunisation, so that they can protect the people they care for from influenza this winter.

David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK said:

‘Influenza is a serious illness which does kill.

For years the ILC-UK highlighted that it made little sense to offer NHS staff the vaccination for free, whilst asking employers of social care workers to pay for the jab, as their staff also care for the most vulnerable people in our society.

Protecting older people through offering the flu vaccine to social care workers free of charge is a common sense approach that will save lives this winter. However, we are urging the Government to go further and ensure that domiciliary care workers are reimbursed when they receive the vaccine on the high street so that they too can protect the people under their care’.

Contact

Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) or 020 7340 0440.

Notes

For more information about vaccination, visit http://www.adultimmunisation.eu.

About

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.
Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

www.ilcuk.org.uk

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Since our last update, we have participated in the bi-annual International Longevity Centre Global Alliance meeting, which brings together all 17 ILCs from around the world; we have also announced the agenda for the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference; hosted an international summit on adult immunisation in conjunction with the International Federation on Ageing, and held our annual Partners Lunch in the House of Lords.

Agenda for the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference announced

Featuring 8 workshops covering everything from innovation in the housing industry, ageism, antimicrobial resistance and extending working lives, to care, the labour market and the future of death and dying, the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference has something for everyone.

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The Conference will host more than 40 speakers and contributors, with the winners of our competition to present their vision for the future of ageing to be publicly announced next week. As well as a variety of interactive workshops in which all contributors will be challenged and asked to present solutions, plenary sessions will feature discussions on health, inequality, the NHS and the 100 year life.

Each workshop and debate will be a frank and open discussion on the biggest issues facing our rapidly ageing society. Between now and the Conference, ILC-UK staff will be giving their take on these issues in videos posted to our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Below, Assistant Economist Dean Hochlaf addresses the question 'Given our rapidly ageing society, will we need more migrants or more older workers in the future?'.

Click here for the full Conference agenda.



Click to view ILC-UK Assistant Economist Dean Hochlaf discuss the Conference topic of the demands of the labour market in a rapidly ageing society.

Recent ILC-UK Publications


The Global Savings Gap

This new report, supported by Prudential Plc, examines 30 countries and regions and finds stark intergenerational savings gaps around the world.

The Value of Financial Advice

This new research report finds that those who received financial advice in the 2001-2007 period had accumulated significantly more liquid financial assets and pension wealth than their unadvised equivalent peers by 2012-14.

When the drugs won't work: Antimicrobial resistance and the future of medicine

This information report provides an introduction to antimicrobial resistance, and the role each of us can play to help prevent medicine being 'plunged back into the dark ages'.

Extending working lives: Overcoming inequalities conference report 2017

This report summarises the key points that emerged from the Overcoming Inequalities: Addressing barriers to extending working lives event, held in April at Church House in London.

Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key

This major new report, supported by EY has found that whilst the UK is well placed to innovate to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, the UK is often not doing enough with the tools at its disposal.

Partner Events

Hymans Robertson's Third Annual Life Insurance Seminar
Tuesday, 10th October; 09:00 - 13:00; Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD

Hymans Robertson are hosting their 3rd Annual Life Insurance Seminar in London on the 10 October from 9am-1pm, this year’s theme is growth opportunities in insurance. Please click the button below for more details, and to register for the event.

Register here

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our last update, ILC-UK staff have written about default financial guidance, housing and isolation in a rapidly ageing society, and the role of music in diagnosing, preventing and treating dementia.

'Default guidance needed to embolden consumer freedom' is the rallying cry of ILC-UK's Head of Economics of Ageing Ben Franklin, who this month wrote a special extended blog on the impact of pension freedoms and the implications of default financial guidance.

ILC-UK Research Fellow Sally Bowell has introduced the work of the Commission on Dementia and Music in 'Always on my mind: Understanding the role of music in dementia'. The blog explores the issues being addressed by the Commission, chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross, coordinated by the ILC-UK and supported by the Utley Foundation.

Finally, 'Social Crises: Housing, Isolation and an Ageing Population' examines different models of intergenerational living, such as the Homeshare and Mehrgenerationenhausen systems. This blog was produced by Eloise Peck, an ILC-UK summer economics intern

If you would like to contribute an article to our guest blog, please contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Partners Programme

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Edinburgh Napier University, EY, FirstPort, Housing&Care 21, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Working with ILC-UK

Research and Events

Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Press

If you would like to receive ILC-UK press releases, please email events@ilcuk.org.uk and we will add you to our press release list.

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focused on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.
Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

We are an intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.
Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:

• Producing over 35 reports.
• Holding over 50 high level events and conferences.
• Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

The ILC-UK is part of the ILC Global Alliance. The alliance is a multinational research and educational consortium, united in a common purpose to understand and address the consequences of population ageing and advancing longevity.

Candidate Specification

You will work closely with the Director of Research and Strategy, our Economists and Research Fellows, joining a growing team of researchers working on major themes in public policy. You will lead and contribute to policy research and advisory projects, sometimes cross-country, engage with policy-makers in research and advisory processes and disseminate results.
We need a Senior Research Fellow with excellent analytical and written skills, a track record of project management and delivery, with a strong passion and understanding for UK public policy. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, conducting secondary analysis of literature and evidence including data. Alongside this, you will be need to be able develop your own narrative including drawing together interesting and salient conclusions and recommendations to influence UK public policy. You must be able to work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines. Candidates should also have experience in client liaison, proposal development and wider fundraising activities and management as well as supervision of junior researchers.
This role would suit an individual with over three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment. You will need strong analytical ability, including high level competency in interpreting and communicating complex data analysis. A broad understanding of, and interest in, current economic and social policy debates is a must.

Key Responsibilities

Research and funding Developing and leading policy relevant research, including the production of outputs (e.g. research reports, journal articles, policy briefings and blogs). This includes attracting funds through the identification of funding opportunities, development of bids, and pro-active promotion of ILC-UK’s work.

Project management 
Taking responsibility for the implementation and overall management of research, advisory and public affairs projects, including supervision and management of junior researchers.

Policy advice, public affairs, and dissemination Maximising the potential influence of our research and expertise through the dissemination of research, engagement with key stakeholders and other activities, such a media engagement.

Contributing to ILC-UK’s broader community life Contributing to ILC-UK internal and external meetings and events, and more broadly the intellectual and social capital of the organisation.

Key Skills

Essential

  • Over three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment.
  • Ability to interpret and use complex data to develop a strong narrative and produce impactful policy solutions.
  • A track record of drafting and publishing reports or articles at speed.
  • Strong track record in project management and delivery including supervision of junior members of staff.
  • Experience of fundraising through leading on, or contributing to, tenders or project proposals from ideally a range of funders, including Government, academic trusts, foundations and charities.
  • Understanding and experience of analysing key UK health, social or economic public policy.
  • Ability to write engaging articles, briefs and reports for different audiences.
  • Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently but offer support and guidance to more junior members of the team.
  • Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
  • Good IT skills.

Desirable

  • A Masters or higher degree in Social Sciences with research methods component including quantitative analysis.
  • Experience of producing funding proposals/undertaking fundraising.
  • Experience of undertaking media interviews.
  • Experience or interest in the dissemination of research and the presentation of results in an academic, public or policy setting.
  • Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of public policy environment in this field including policy development and the political process.

Post Information

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, secondments or permanent placements for the right candidate.

Duration

The post is initially offered on a year contract, with the strong possibility of extension and increase for the right candidate, who will then develop their own programme of work.

Location

Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Hours

5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)

Salary

£35,000-£40,000 (depending on experience)

Start Date ASAP

How to Apply
Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at recruitment@ilcuk.org.uk, ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.
If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Application Deadline 20th October 2017

Interview Date 6th November 2017

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About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focused on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

We are intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:

  • Producing over 35 reports.
  • Holding over 50 high level events and conferences.
  • Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

The ILC-UK is part of the ILC Global Alliance. The alliance is a multinational research and educational consortium, united in a common purpose to understand and address the consequences of population ageing and advancing longevity.

Candidate Specification

Political interest in our areas of concern have never been higher.  We work on some of the most pressing current policy issues including how social care could be funded, how young people will be able to have a reasonable retirement income, how communities could work for all ages, and how we can afford health in the context of demographic change. This role will need to help ensure ILC-UK maximises visibility in this time of opportunity.

We need a Political Advisor with excellent analytical and written skills, a track record of political project management and delivery, with a strong passion and understanding for UK public policy.  The post holder should be able to interpret and understand research to disseminate to a wider audience. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, with both the Research and Public Affairs teams. You must also be able to work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines. Ideally candidates should have experience in client liaison and project development, though this is not essential.

This role would suit an individual with experience in political engagement who also has experience in responding to governmental consultations and who can develop ILCs networks and alliances, enhancing the visibility of our research.

Key Responsibilities

Enhancing our political reputation: Developing and leading our political engagement strategy to ensure we have strong links with key opinion formers to promote the work of the ILC-UK.

Enhancing the visibility of our research: Maximising the potential influence of our research and expertise through the dissemination of research, engagement with key stakeholders and other activities, such as media engagement.

Delivering political projects and contributing political input to research projects: Taking responsibility for the implementation and overall management of political, advisory and public affairs projects.  Supporting the Research team to disseminate through political engagement.

Contributing to ILC-UK’s broader community life: Contributing to ILC-UK internal and external meetings and events, and more broadly the intellectual and social capital of the organisation.

Key Skills

Essential

  • Experience of working with and in Westminster and/or Whitehall.
  • Strong knowledge of Parliamentary procedure and the workings of Whitehall.
  • Good project management experience.
  • Understanding of the external political environment and political developments as they may affect ILC-UK.
  • Ability to understand and interpret research and disseminate it to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Track record of influencing stakeholders and understanding the opportunities and risks of working collaboratively with other stakeholders.
  • Ability to write engaging articles, briefs and reports for different audiences.
  • Experience of working on policy and political events.
  • Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to offer support and guidance to more junior members of the team.
  • Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
  • Good IT skills and knowledge of using social media for political purposes.

Desirable

  • Experience of responding to governmental and other consultations.
  • Experience of producing funding proposals/undertaking fundraising.
  • Experience of undertaking media interviews.
  • Experience of working with non-governmental organisations and/ or international agencies.
  • Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of public policy environment in this field including policy development and the political process.

Post Information

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, secondments or permanent placements for the right candidate.

Duration

The post is initially offered on a year contract, with the strong possibility of extension and increase for the right candidate, who will then develop their own programmes of work.

Location

Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Hours

5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate).

Salary

£25,000-£35,000 (depending on experience).

Start Date

ASAP.

How to Apply

Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK at info@ilcuk.org.uk, ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.
If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Application Deadline

03/10/17

Interview Date

17/10/17

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Press Release

Think tank urges Government to ensure that more social care workers are protected against the flu

Responding to Simon Stevens’ call that NHS Trusts make an additional 3000 beds available to respond to what is expected to be a particularly pressurised winter flu season, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), is calling on the Government to work to ensure that more social care staff receive the winter flu jab.

Whilst the Government recommends that all adult social care workers receive the flu jab, they are not eligible to receive the vaccination on the NHS.

The flu epidemic in care homes in Wigan last winter, which lead to thirty cases of flu, eight deaths, and Wigan Infirmary and the North West Ambulance Service facing additional pressures, is a case study of the toll that low uptake of flu vaccination among care home staff can have on residents and the NHS.

David Sinclair, Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK said:

‘With Simon Stevens’ call for the NHS to ready itself for a particularly bad winter flu season, it is imperative that adult social care workers are immunised to prevent the vulnerable people they care for contracting influenza and becoming hospitalised.

Influenza is a serious illness which does kill.

We would urge all eligible older people to sign up for their free jab via their GP or pharmacy. For those not eligible for the free jab but who want to protect themselves against the flu, the vaccine is now widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets.

Contact

Contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk for more information.

Notes

For more information about vaccination, visit http://www.adultimmunisation.eu.

About

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

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This year's Future of Ageing Conference will play host to 10 different panel debates covering everything from automating care, ageism, innovation in housing and the end of life.

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Confirmed workshops and confirmed speakers include:

Opening Keynote: Dr Pol Vandenbroucke, Vice President Medical Strategy, Pfizer

How can we maximise the economic contribution of older people?

  • Diane Kenwood, Editor, Woman's Weekly and ILC-UK Trustee
  • John McTernan, Senior Vice President, PSB and Former Political Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive, Anchor
  • Professor Debora Price, President, British Society of Gerontology and Director, MICRA
  • Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School

Is the Future less or more ageist?

  • Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society
  • Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Member of Parliament for Barking, discussing 'How to stop wasting women's talents: overcoming our fixation with youth'
  • Yasmin Boudiaf, Virtual Reality Expert, discussing 'Can we use Virtual Reality to tackle ageism?'
  • Tessa Harding, Ex-NCVO and Help the Aged

Can technology drive innovation in pensions, health and care?

  • Alison Martin, Global Head of Life and Health, Swiss Re
  • Other speakers to be confirmed

Is antimicrobial resistance a threat to longevity - and what can we do about it? 

  • Mark Chataway, Managing Director, Hyderus
  • Professor Anthony Scott, Director, The Vaccine Centre, LSHTM
  • Professor Alan Johnson, Head of AMR, Public Health England's Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control

How can we save the NHS?

  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation and former Health Secretary
  • Dr David Oliver, Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians
  • Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK
  • Pamela Spence, Partner, Global Life Sciences Industry Leader, EY

More inequalities in a world of austerity? 

  • Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Inequalities in Life Expectancy: Andrew Gaches, Head of Longevity, Life and Financial Services, Hymans Robertson
  • Inequalities in Old Age: Professor Thomas Scharf, Professor of Social Gerontology, Newcastle University
  • Austerity and Health Across Europe: Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing, International Longevity Centre - UK

Filling the skills gap: Migration, more older workers, or both?

  • Yvonne Sonsino, Partner and Innovation Leader, Mercer and Co-Chair DWP Fuller Working Lives Business Strategy Group
  • Professor Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King's College London
  • Dean Hochlaf, Assistant Economist, International Longevity Centre - UK

Can we automate care?

  • George Holley-Moore, Research and Policy Manager, International Longevity Centre - UK
  • Eric Kihlstrom, Co-Founder, KareInn
  • Pamela Spence, Partner, Global Life Sciences Industry Leader, EY

How can the housing industry innovate for tomorrow's older consumers?

  • Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK
  • Nigel Howell, Chief Executive, FirstPort
  • Gary Day, Land and Planning Director, McCarthy and Stone
  • Lord Best, Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People

The future of the end: Living forever or dying in style?

  • Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK
  • Professor Douglas Davies FBA, Professor of the Study of Religion, Durham University, and Director of the Centre for Death and Life Studies
  • Louise Winter, Founder, Poetic Endings
  • Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, International Longevity Centre - UK

Closing Keynote: Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School and author of 'The 100 year life'.

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There will also be a number of keynote presentations, and an open slot to allow one delegate to present their idea to help society prepare for the future of ageing.

Join us at #FutureofAgeing
For more information click here: http://www.futureofageing.org.uk/

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During this year’s Future of Ageing conference, we would like to invite you to share your vision of the Future of Ageing with an exclusive speaking slot.

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Wednesday, 29th November 2017 - 9:00 - 18:00 (approx.)
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25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA


We are looking for someone to speak (or sing or dance or perform in any way you think appropriate) for 10 minutes on the plenary platform in front of 200+ opinion formers and decision makers.

We want someone who will present a vision and set out what needs to be done to make it a reality. Your vision could be as narrow or as broad as you want.

If you would like to take us up on this opportunity, send us an email (events@ilcuk.org.uk) with under 150 words summarising what you would like to say. Deadline for entrants is 12:00 Tuesday, 12th September.

Early bird rates end Thursday 31st August.
For more information about the Future of Ageing Conference, visit
www.futureofageing.org.uk.

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25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA


Thursday, 31st August is the final day our special early bird rates will be available for the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference.

Early bird rates offer significant discounts:

  • Early bird Corporate rate £235 as opposed to £299
  • Charity/Not-for-profit/Academic/Individual rate £155 as opposed to £210
    (All prices ex. VAT)                                                         

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For more information visit: http://www.futureofageing.org.uk/

Sponsorship opportunities

We have a range of sponsorship, advertising and promotional opportunities to suit all objectives and budgets. Our team are dedicated to understanding your aims and will help to put together a bespoke package to suit your needs.
Please contact Fabiana Bertin 0207 340 0440 or events@ilcuk.org.uk for more information.

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The ILC-UK has launched a Commission on Dementia and Music, designed to explore the current and potential role of music-based interventions in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and end of life care for people with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. By 2051, it is estimated that this will have reached two million people. Currently in the UK, one in six people over the age of 80 have dementia, with 40,000 people under the age of 65 living with the disease. As such, an increased and sustained public and policy focus on dementia is crucial.

This is an independent Commission, with the ILC-UK providing the governance and secretariat while the Commissioners, drawn from a wide range of different sectors, will drive the agenda and findings. This work is kindly being supported by the Utley Foundation.

As part of this high level Commission, we are seeking written evidence from a range of experts, framed by two overarching questions. Please find below a written evidence template, which provides further information about the Commission, the call for evidence and the questions which we would like to put to respondents. Please note that not all questions may be relevant for all respondents and we would therefore be happy to receive partial submissions.

The written submissions will form a key part of the evidence base for a final report due to be published in December of this year. The final report is intended for a policy and public audience, so written submissions should be accessible but at the same time, informative, thought provoking, ideally challenging while offering solutions/recommendations.

Please send any written evidence (strictly using the template provided) to our email address set up for this purpose: dementia@ilcuk.org.uk, and please note that the deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 1 September.

Authors are requested to provide a very short biography of themselves/their organisations of no more than four lines to sit alongside their submission. Due to time constraints, we will only be making minor amendments/proofing so all submissions need to be of a publishable standard. ILC-UK reserves the right not to publish material for any reason. All authors and their organisation will be credited in the final report and any associated publicity and promotional material linked to the response.

 

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In response to the Office for Budget Responsibility's first Fiscal Risk report, which found that ageing and technology cost pressures make health spending the biggest risk to fiscal sustainability, Sally-Marie Bamford, Director of Strategy and Research at the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK), the UK's leading think tank focusing on longevity, ageing and population change said:

“Today’s OBR Fiscal Risks report shows that the ageing of our population is the greatest single risk to government spending by driving up health costs over the long run. As our recent SOS2020 report showed, we will need transformative change in the health sector in order to ensure long run sustainability, which in particular will mean getting smarter with innovation.

Within the NHS, too many funding mechanisms still do not reward or encourage innovation, with payments too often based on output and not outcome, and Clinical Commissioning Group funding regulations discouraging the bold moves needed to create long-term cost savings, whilst still maintaining high levels of quality.

As one of the largest components of age-related public spending, healthcare is at the forefront of the challenge of ageing and delivering long run productivity growth in healthcare is likely to be one, if not the, most important element in ensuring a sustainable older society.”

In the SOS2020 report we modelled future health spending scenarios and found:

Health spending as a proportion of GDP

  • In the “transformative change” scenario, health spending rises from around 6% of GDP in 2019-20 to 8% by 2064-65.
  • In the “gradual convergence” scenario, health spending rises from around 6% of GDP in 2019-20 to 11.4% by 2064-65.
  • In the “no policy change scenario”, health spending rises from around 6% of GDP in 2019-20 to 16.4% by 2064-65.


The primary balance – the difference between non interest receipts and expenditure

  • In the “transformative change scenario”, the primary balance falls from a surplus of around 2% of GDP to a deficit of 1.9%.
  • In the “gradual convergence scenario”, the primary balance falls from a surplus of around 2% of GDP to a deficit of 5.3%.
  • In the “no policy change scenario”, the primary balance falls from a surplus of around 2% of GDP to a deficit of 10.3%.


Download the report, 'Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key' at http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/towards_affordable_healthcare_why_effective_innovation_is_key

Contact

Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or 020 7340 0440.

Notes

The Office for Budget Responsibility's first Fiscal Risk report can be downloaded from http://budgetresponsibility.org.uk/frr/fiscal-risk-report-july-2017/

About SOS2020

SOS 2020 was established by ILC-UK with the aim to raise awareness of the need to adapt our economy and society to the big strategic challenges posed by an ageing population, and will outline the specific policy measures needed to achieve this goal. It will illuminate the issues that face us and develop fully considered and costed solutions that will act as a “call to action” to policy-makers and politicians.

This second report in the SOS health series draws on the learning and some of the innovations from the last report. We explore the potential for innovation application and diffusion in health care within the UK and critically how the ‘right type’ of innovation could make health care better and cheaper, essentially doing ‘more with less’.

About

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK)
is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and supported by Royal London finds that those who received financial advice in the 2001-2007 period had accumulated significantly more liquid financial assets and pension wealth than their unadvised equivalent peers by 2012-14.

The report, ‘The Value of Financial Advice’ analyses data from the largest representative survey of individual and household assets in Great Britain, the Wealth and Assets Survey. Even allowing for the fact that some groups are more likely to seek advice than others, the research still shows that those who receive advice do better than an equivalent group who don’t.

The report examines the impact of financial advice on two groups, the ‘affluent’ and the ‘just getting by’. The ‘affluent’ group is formed of a wealthier subset of people who are also more likely to have degrees, be part of a couple, and be homeowners. The ‘just getting by’ group is formed of a less wealthy subset who are more likely to have lower levels of educational attainment, be single, divorced or widowed and be renting.

The Value of Financial Advice’ finds that:

  • The ‘affluent but advised’ accumulated on average £12,363 (or 17%) more in liquid financial assets than the affluent and non-advised group, and £30,882 (or 16%) more in pension wealth (total £43,245)
  • The ‘just getting by but advised’ accumulated on average £14,036 (or 39%) more in liquid financial assets than the just getting by but non-advised group, and £25,859 (or 21%) more in pension wealth (total £39,895)

The report also finds that financial advice led to greater levels of saving and investment in the equity market:

  • The ‘affluent but advised’ group were 6.7% more likely to save and 9.7% more likely to invest in the equity market than the equivalent non-advised group
  • The ‘just getting by but advised’ group were 9.7% more likely to save and 10.8% more likely to invest in the equity market than the equivalent non-advised group

Those who had received advice in the 2001-2007 period also had more pension income than their peers by 2012-14:

  • The ‘affluent but advised’ group earn £880 (or 16%) more per year than the equivalent non-advised group
  • The ‘just getting by but advised’ group earn £713 (or 19%) more per year than the equivalent non-advised group

The report found that 9 in 10 people are satisfied with the advice received, with the clear majority deciding to go with their adviser’s recommendation.

Despite the advantages of receiving advice, only 16.8% of people saw an adviser in the years 2012-2014. Indeed, ‘The Value of Financial Advice’ finds that even amongst those who took out an investment product in the last few years, around 40% didn’t take advice, rising to 78% of people who took out a personal pension.

After controlling for a range of factors, ‘The Value of Financial Advice’ concludes that the two most powerful driving forces of whether people sought advice was whether the individual trusts an Independent Financial Adviser to provide advice, and the individual’s level of financial capability. Therefore, the report makes a series of recommendations to raise demand for financial advice including:

  • Using advice to support the auto-enrolled – duty on employers to ensure staff can access the best information and advice on their pensions
  • Mandating default guidance for those seeking to access their pension savings – to ensure people can get crucial information in a complex marketplace and avoid worst outcomes
  • Helping to create informed consumers through continued development and roll out the pensions dashboard
  • Ensuring regulators continue to place emphasis on access to independent financial advice


Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing, ILC-UK said:

“Our results show that those who take advice are likely to accumulate more financial and pension wealth, supported by increased saving and investing in equity assets, while those in retirement are likely to have more income, particularly at older ages.

But the advice market is not working for everyone. A high proportion of people who take out investments and pensions do not use financial advice, while only a minority of the population has seen a financial adviser. Since advice has clear benefits for customers, it is a shame that more people do not use it. The clear challenge facing the industry, regulator and government is therefore to get more people through the “front door” in the first place.”

Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London said:

“This powerful research shows for the first time the very real return to obtaining expert financial advice. What is most striking is that the proportionate impact is largest for those on more modest incomes. Financial advice need not be the preserve of the better off but can make a real difference to the quality of life in retirement of people on lower incomes as well. The evidence shows that when people take advice they are overwhelmingly satisfied and benefit as a result. More needs therefore to be done to overcome the barriers to advice.”

A copy of the Value of Advice is available to download from http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/the_value_of_financial_advice

'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes'
Benjamin Franklin

As a futures organisation focused on the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change, we work across the lifecourse, including its beginning, and end.

That's why the 2017 Future of Ageing Conference will host a debate on
'The Future of End'.

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Will we live forever, or die in style? Will the dead keep tweeting, and can we continue to take selfies with the deceased? Are funerals as we know them outdated, or are the hearse and black suit here to stay?

The debate, chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE (Chief Executive, ILC-UK) will feature:

Professor Douglas Davies (Director, Centre for Death and Life Studies)

Prof. Davies is Professor in Durham University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and one of the UK's foremost experts on death, dying and ritual.



Click the image to watch Douglas Davies discuss innovations in British death rituals

Louise Winter (Founder, Poetic Endings)

A professional funeral celebrant and Founder of Poetic Endings, an alternative funeral directors based in London, Louise believes that 'A funeral doesn't have to be like the ones you've been to in the past'.
Read more about Poetic Endings and Louise's innovative approach to funerals in her June 2017 interview with The Guardian.


Dave Eaton (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, ILC-UK)

Dave holds an MA (Res) in Digital Thanatology for his thesis on Death and Social Media. He will be discussing the changing ways in which we might remember the deceased in the future. Find out whether virtual reality means that those who have passed away can continue to live online, and whether the deceased will keep on tweeting.

Louise Winter will also kindly be running a Death Café during lunch.
Click here to find out more about Death Cafés.

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For more information, and to reserve your place, visit: http://www.futureofageing.org.uk/

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‘When the drugs won’t work: Antimicrobial resistance and the future of medicine’, produced with funding from Pfizer, outlines what Governments, medical professionals and individuals can do to prevent the rise of antimicrobial resistance, including:

  • Individuals can reduce the risk of infection occurring through washing hands with soap and water for the length of one verse of God Save the Queen, or two renditions of Happy Birthday
  • Governments incentivising the creation of new vaccines to reduce the use of antibiotics

Immunisation prevents an estimated 2-3 million deaths every year in all age groups. Vaccines have greatly reduced, or eliminated many infectious diseases that once routinely killed or harmed many people, and increased vaccine rates can reduce the usage of antibiotics through reducing the risk of secondary infection.

Given that AMR could negate longevity improvements made since the mid-20th century, the ILC-UK has produced this accessible guide to what AMR is, why it matters, and what can be done to prevent what Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has described as a ‘catastrophic threat’ to the UK, and the world.




Adapted from I. Holanec, ‘What you need to know about antibiotic resistance’, p12, IFoA Longevity Bulletin Issue 08, May 2016

As well as summarising existing literature, the report also draws on presentations delivered at an ILC-UK debate on tackling AMR in an ageing society held in November 2016. During the debate, an audience of public health experts heard from:

  • 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

The report’s section on what every individual can do to help prevent the rise of AMR quotes Dr Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, who said at the event:

‘Some of the prevention [techniques] are really simple things like hand-washing. On a day to day basis, you should wash your hands with soap and water for the length of one verse of God Save the Queen or two times through Happy Birthday.
And I can absolutely guarantee that most of us don’t do that. I know because I have observed – and I have observed myself. We don’t do some of this stuff and we are not practising just some of the most basic hygiene’.

Report author Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, ILC-UK said:

‘We know that the rise of antimicrobial resistance could lead to up to 10 million deaths a year worldwide by 2050. However, it’s not just Governments and medical professionals who have a role to play in preventing the spread of AMR.

Each and every one of us can help reduce the risk of infection through good hygiene, like proper handwashing technique; through completing all courses of antibiotics and not requesting them for things like colds or sore throats; and through checking to see which vaccines we are eligible for, and keeping an up-to date vaccination record’.

Contact

Dave Eaton at ILC-UK davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk or 02073400440.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Notes to Editors

The report incorporates presentations delivered at the ILC-UK’s ‘The Dr Jack Watters debate: Tackling antimicrobial resistance in an ageing society’, held in Central London on Wednesday, 16th November 2016.

This report was made possible through an educational grant from Pfizer. The report was independently produced by the ILC-UK.

New report from independent think tank finds just seven health innovations could save the NHS £18.5 billion, and the social care sector £6.3 billion between 2015 – 2030.

However, the UK is not doing enough with the tools at its disposal, and a failure to innovate will see rising healthcare spending lead to a deficit worse than that caused by the Financial Crisis

A major new report from the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), supported by EY has found that whilst the UK is well placed to innovate to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, the UK is often not doing enough with the tools at its disposal.

With the NHS committed to achieving efficiency savings of £22 billion through productivity gains of 2-3% between 2015 - 2020, ‘Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key’ explores how health care innovations currently employed at home and abroad could increase productivity and reduce costs.

The report showcases seven outstanding global and UK-based innovations with a strong evidence base of demonstrable success, and calculates the savings that could be achieved by implementing them across the UK. Home grown innovations include:

• The UK’s Memory First Project, an integrated dementia service run by a consortium of GPs across Staffordshire. Savings if working methods applied nationally: up to £38 million between 2019 – 2030.

• Manchester Royal Infirmary’s programme of providing the training and equipment to perform home dialysis. Savings if programmed applied nationally: up to £5.6 billion between 2014 – 2030.

The report concludes however that the UK is often not doing enough with the tools at its disposal to implement such innovations. Social care is underfunded and fragmented, which has consequences also for NHS costs, and funding mechanisms within the health system can often discourage innovation; there continues to be a slow uptake in the UK of new drugs and treatments, with adoption speed varying across the country.

The report presents three simple scenarios for future UK health care costs based on projections for demographic change, the rate of productivity growth in the economy, and the degree to which innovations are implemented, thus reducing residual costs, i.e. the impact of investment in technology, relative prices and different policies and institutional adaptations within the health service.

1. Transformative change: The health service makes significant productivity gains and ensures that residual health care costs are zero over the projected period.

2. Gradual convergence: In light of continuing cost pressures, it is perhaps hard to imagine public policymakers and individual NHS Trusts will not make adjustments over time to improve efficiency, but the transformation will take time and is unlikely to happen overnight. For this reason, productivity gradually improves over time so that residual health costs converge to zero by the end of the projected period (from 1.7% in 2019-20 to 0% by 2064-65).

3. No policy change: There is no meaningful policy change, productivity in the health service continues to disappoint and residual health costs rise in line with the historic OECD average (1.7%)


Health spending as a proportion of GDP

• In the transformative change scenario, health spending rises from around 6% of GDP in 2019-20 to 8% by 2064-65.
• In the gradual convergence scenario, health spending rises from around 6% of GDP in 2019-20 to 11.4% by 2064-65.
• In the no policy change scenario, health spending rises from around 6% of GDP in 2019-20 to 16.4% by 2064-65.

The primary balance – the difference between non interest receipts and expenditure

• In the transformative change scenario, the primary balance falls from a surplus of around 2% of GDP to a deficit of 1.9%.
• In the gradual convergence scenario, the primary balance falls from a surplus of around 2% of GDP to a deficit of 5.3%.
• In the no policy change scenario, the primary balance falls from a surplus of around 2% of GDP to a deficit of 10.3%.

Sally-Marie Bamford, Research and Strategy Director, ILC-UK said:

‘Whilst the UK has a strong history of innovation in the field of healthcare, the UK is at a crossroads. We have world-leading higher education and research institutions, and some of the most cutting-edge health tech start-ups are emerging from the UK. However, social care has for too long played second fiddle to the NHS, and a financially unsustainable model of adult social care has a knock-on effect in terms of NHS sustainability.

Within the NHS, too many funding mechanisms still do not reward or encourage innovation, with payments too often based on output and not outcome, and Clinical Commissioning Group funding regulations discouraging the bold moves needed to create long-term cost savings, whilst still maintaining high levels of quality.

As one of the largest components of age-related public spending, healthcare is at the forefront of the challenge of ageing. ‘Towards affordable healthcare: Why effective innovation is key’ demonstrates why supporting long run productivity growth in healthcare is likely to be one, if not the, most important element in ensuring a sustainable older society’.

Shaun Crawford, Global Insurance Leader, EY:

‘In undertaking this research, it became very apparent that the UK has a wealth of entrepreneurial expertise in digital innovation that encompasses ‘HealthTech’ and ‘InsurTech’.

It would seem highly desirable for the UK Government to fully leverage and indeed promote existing UK innovation to solve both many of the NHS’s challenges and showcase UK expertise in a post-Brexit international market.

It was particularly rewarding to see the tangible benefits already generated by the NHS’s own adoption of some of this innovation in our health and social care issues. We can clearly see the advantages that could be leveraged by other global economies facing even more significant health and ageing challenges than the UK’.

Research conducted by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) has suggested that only 11 constituencies would have had different results in the 2015 General Election, had turnout rates of those between 18-34 matched that of the population over 65.

ILC-UK will present the research at a debate on the topic of “if young people ruled the world”, on Monday 22nd May (Voter Registration Deadline day).

Young people between 18-24 report “lower levels of knowledge about politics” and are “less likely” to participate in political activities than other age groups [1]. In the 2015 General election 78% of those over 65 turned out to vote, while only 43% of those between 18-24 and 54% between 25-34 turned out to vote.

Using data from Ipsos MORI and the ONS, it was found that 9 Conservative and 2 Liberal Democrat constituencies (including the seat of Nick Clegg, former deputy Prime Minister) would have swung to Labour, had the voting turnout of those between 18-34 matched that of the over-65’s and if these new voters reflected the national trend.



Source: Ipsos MORI – How Britain Voted in 2015

There are several reasons why the youth vote has such little influence:

  • Voters over 55 outnumber younger voters in 445 of the 573 constituencies in England and Wales.
  • Of these, 118 constituencies have over twice as many voters over 55 than younger voters.
  • Older voters were more homogenous in their voting preference in the 2015 election, with 47% voting Conservative, a 24-point lead over labour.
  • In contrast, Labour had a 16-point lead over the Conservatives amongst 18-24 year olds, but only a 6-point lead amongst 25-34 year olds.

The 9 Conservative seats which would have swung to Labour are: Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, Derby North, Croydon Central, Gower, Brighton, Kemptown, Thurrock, Vale of Clwyd, Morley and Outwood, and Bury North.

The 2 Liberal Democrat seats which would have swung to Labour are: Leeds North West and Sheffield, Hallam.

According to ONS population projections, the number of younger people in the UK, below 30 is expected to decrease by 2050. In contrast, the number of over-65’s is expected to rise by almost 70%. This will likely consolidate the political power of older people further.

Attempting to get young people to vote through the promise of more influence is likely to be unhelpful in terms of long-term engagement, which is the key issue.

While voting is incredibly important, it is important for young people to engage in politics, to make their case for policies among the wider and older electorate. ILC-UK is calling for automatic registration, so that all eligible UK citizens, regardless of age or any other factor can be guaranteed a vote.

Dean Hochlaf, Assistant Economist at the ILC-UK says:

“Democracy isn’t something that stops when you leave the voting booth, it has enormous influence over our everyday lives. While attempts to get young people to vote are encouraging, we need to do more to stimulate active engagement in politics. An ageing society is going to put more pressure on government resources and voters will be taking this into consideration when they cast their ballots.

The challenge for young people is how do they take their case to the rest of the electorate for policies that are going to benefit their generation and build a more inclusive society. This might not be the easiest task, but it will be impossible if young people continue to be left out of the political debate”.

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The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

An ILC-UK Partners Programme Debate: If young people ruled the world?... Maximising the voice of younger people in an ageing society.

Wednesday, 22nd May 2017; 08:30 (for 09:00) - 11:00, Great Hall, Chartered Insurance Institute, 20 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY, Chair by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE Register here: http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/an_ilc_uk_partners_programme_debate_if_young_people_ruled_the_world..._maxi
 
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[1] Apostolova. V, Uberoi. E, and Johnston, N. (2017) “Political disengagement in the UK: who is disengaged?” House of Commons Library, Briefing Paper, Number CBP7501, 26 April
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For immediate release: Thursday 18th May 2017

International Longevity Centre – UK and Cass Business School respond to Conservative manifesto

Social care reforms form a key part of the Conservative manifesto, launched earlier today.

Over the past few years, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and Cass Business School have worked together to propose a number of radical solutions to the care funding crisis. 

Here, they comment on the Conservative manifesto and set out the principles which they think will result in intergenerational fairness, a balance between the tax payer and individual responsibility and new savings mechanisms.

Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics, Cass Business School, said:
“Many of the measures proposed in the manifesto, including scrapping the cap an individual must pay for care and a greater focus on domiciliary care are sensible. 
“However, what is missing is the incentive for people to save for their care in later years.
“Bringing new money into the system is an essential part of a long term and sustainable solution. This will not happen unless there are changes to the means testing system and new incentives introduced to save and plan ahead.”

David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK commented:
“Whilst the cost to the tax payer for social care is dwarfed by the cost of health, it is increasingly recognised that a failure to tackle the care crisis will put increased pressure on health.
“The next Government must procrastinate on this issue no longer. We need incentives in place to convince individuals to make provision for their future care needs. The policy environment must be conducive to the financial services industry coming in with new products.
“We have witnessed 20 years of uncertainty and underinvestment in social care. Whoever wins the next election must simply get on with it.”

Professor Mayhew added:
“Worked and financially costed examples of new products and affordable payment options may be found in our research publications with ILC-UK and published in peer reviewed journals.”

Principles suggested by the ILC-UK and Cass include:

• An improved and more transparent means test that can be used for both domiciliary and institutional care including the removal of ‘cliff edges’ which cause abuse of the system presently.

• Measures to bring new money into the system by providing the necessary incentives to save and plan ahead

• The introduction of approved financial products to pay for care which take account of housing wealth as well as savings and income.

• Those who have saved to be treated more generously under means testing so that it pays to save for care.

ENDS

Media enquiries:
Amy Ripley, Senior Communications Officer, Cass Business School
T: +44 (0) 20 7040 3134, M: +44 (0) 7794 053 384, E: amy.ripley@city.ac.uk

References:
Means Testing Adult Social Care in England. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, pp 1-30.
Paying for Care Costs in Later Life Using the Value in People’s Homes. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice.
Personal Care Savings Bonds: A New Way of Saving Towards Social Care in Later Life. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice.
Flexible and affordable methods of paying for long term care insurance. ILC-UK, London.

Notes to Editors:

Cass Business School
Cass Business School, which is part of City, University of London, is a leading global business school driven by world-class knowledge, innovative education and a vibrant community. Located in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial centres, Cass has strong links to both the City of London and the thriving entrepreneurial hub of Tech City. It is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

ILC-UK
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

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We are delighted to announce that our Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross OBE has been awarded a special Lifetime Achievement award by the British Geriatric Society (BGS), on the occasion of their 70th anniversary celebrations.

At a ceremony attended by patients, members of the BGS, doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, HRH The Prince of Wales presented Baroness Greengross with the award for her contribution to improving services for older people, and her ongoing support for the BGS.

Baroness Greengross sits as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, and serves as Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People.

ILC-UK Update - March 2016

Since our last update, we have published six new reports, including work on defined benefit pension schemes, and sex and intimacy in later life.

We have also hosted nine events, including a roundtable discussion on the role of grandparents caring for grandchildren, and the launch of a new study on longevity and retirement communities.

We have also received press coverage in the UK, Italy, Russia, and India, and provided media commentary on policy areas as diverse as housing to social care.

ILC-UK Board of Trustees strengthened by new members

Since our last update we have been delighted to welcome Jilly Forster, Founder of the social change agency Forster Communications to our Board of Trustees.

With over 40 years' experience of running businesses and providing strategic communications direction to change-makers, Jilly brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the ILC-UK's strategic planning.

Jilly joins Shaun Crawford and Diane Kenwood, who also joined our Board of Trustees in 2016. Shaun Crawford is Head of Ernst & Young's Global Insurance Business. He has been in the Financial Services industry for more than 30 years, and has authored such thought leading publications as 'Health Insurer of the Future', 'Senior Based Insurance' and 'Digital Insurance Transformation'.

Diane Kenwood is Editor of Woman's Weekly, and also sits on the Management Board of the company, and leads the internal Content Executive Committee. She has previously fronted programmes on BBC One, BBC Two, Sky News and Channel 4, as well as previously working for the Guardian. She also currently sits on the Management Board of the Woman of the Year Lunch, and on the Lay Advisory Board of Chai Cancer Care.

For more information about all of our Trustees, please click here.

ILC-UK Publications

Does living in a retirement village extend life expectancy? The case of Whiteley Village

This report investigates the possible benefits of retirement village life with respect to life expectancy.

The Grandparent Army

This report examines the support grandparents who provide childcare to their grandchildren receive, and how grandparents feel about providing it.

How long will I love you? Sex and intimacy in later life

What factors affect our experiences of our intimate relationships as we grow older? This report examines the sexual and intimate lives of older adults, using survey data of men and women aged 50 to 90+ living in England.

Flexible and affordable methods of paying for long term care insurance

This new ILC-UK/Cass Business School report explores different methods of funding long term care insurance.

The end of the beginning? Private defined benefit pensions and the new normal

This report explores the scale of the defined benefit pensions' crisis, outlines its implications for firms and employees and considers possible solutions.

The Missing £Billions: The economic cost of hailing to adapt our high street to respond to demographic change

This report looks at barriers to consumption in later life, and how best to address them to increase spending amongst the over 50s.

ILC-UK Events

Roundtable discussion: The value of advice

Tuesday, 21st March, 14:30 - 16:30
Central London

This private roundtable event will assemble policy experts to discuss the impact of independent financial advice.

Chaired by David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK, this discuss will inform a major new report from the ILC-UK, to be launched later this year. The report will map the characteristics of people who receive financial advice, and detail the medium-term economic impact of expert financial advice on consumer outcomes.

This event is an invitation only event.

An ILC-UK and Mile End Institute debate: If young people ruled the world?... Maximising the voice of younger people in an ageing society
Wednesday, 22nd March; 17:00 (for 17:30) - 19:30
House of Lords

Recent elections and referenda in the UK have implied a growing intergenerational divide. Older people have voted in larger proportions than younger cohorts leading to vocal concerns from journalists, politicians, and academics that older people are having an increasingly dominant impact on UK politics.

But how real is this intergenerational divide? During this debate we will explore whether, and how policy can be respond. We will explore:

- Why are younger people poorly engaged in elections?

- What does an ageing society mean for the future of participation by younger people?

- What are the policy solutions: How can we get young people more engaged in elections?

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact events@ilcuk.org.uk.

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our last update, we have published a summary of our press highlights from November to February, 'ILC-UK in the news - November 2016 - February 2017', including links to stories featuring ILC-UK research, analysis and commentary.

We have published two expert guest blogs recently, addressing the defined benefit pensions crisis, and the future of smart housing. The first blog is authored by Lawrence Churchill CBE, Chair of the Pensions Policy Institute.

Entitled 'The defined benefit crisis: Liabilities and broken promises' this blog is a summary of the response to the crisis given by Lawrence at the launch of 'The end of the beginning'. In it, he outlines the fundamental issues that need to be addressed to ensure a sustainable DB pension system.

Our second recent guest blog is by Paul Teverson, Director of Communications at McCarthy & Stone, entitled 'Home Smart Homes?'. It provides an outline of the technologies which are helping to create responsive home environments, whilst also recognising the persistent need for a personal 'human' touch, even in the cognitive home of the future.

If you would like to contribute an article to our guest blog, please contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Partners Programme

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Equiniti, EY, FirstPort, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.
For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Working with ILC-UK

Research and Events

Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Press

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For Immediate Release

Previous ILC-UK Research (1) has shown how household spending steadily falls as we get older.

Today’s “Family Spending” (2) evidence from ONS, shows a similar trend, with households headed by a person aged 75 and over spending substantially less than their younger counterparts.[1]

However, this new evidence suggests that the trend might be changing and that younger people are starting to spend a bit less, while older people seem to be spending more.

In 2016, younger households (aged 30 or less) spend on average £51 (or 11%) less per week than in 2015; conversely, households headed by someone aged 75 and over spend a little bit more, approximately £16 (or 6%) per week than in 2016. Expenditure for the other age groups has remained pretty much unchanged.

These changes have been driven by younger households spending less on education (-£16 per week); household goods and services (-£8 per week); transport (-£7 per week); and restaurants and hotels (-£6.2 per week).

Conversely, spending by older people (aged 75 and over) has increased because they spent a bit more on: household goods and services (+£7.8 per week); restaurants (+£4.3 per week); and miscellaneous goods and services, such as personal care, social protection etc. (+£6.3).

Cesira Urzi-Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK said 
“Let’s not get too excited about these changing spending patterns. It is still the case that we spend less and less as we get older. And the over 75s spend less than younger people. But for many older people, it isn’t a lack of money, but more of a lack of opportunity which stops them spending. With a growing older population, Government and industry must look to open up spending by this group of the population”.

(1) ILC-UK previous research, “The Missing £Billions” and “Understanding Retirement Journeys”, reveals how expenditure on non-durable consumption steadily declines with age, even after we account for household size and composition, income, health and so on.

(2)https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity...

About us
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Press Release

For Immediate Release: 07 February 2017

Leading think tank urges retirement housing revolution to fix the housing crisis

Research finds that although 9 in 10 65-79 year olds live in under occupied houses, there could be a retirement housing gap of 160,000 houses by 2030 if Government fails to focus on last time buyers

Responding to Housing Minister Gavin Barwell’s suggestion that making it easier for older people to downsize could help solve the housing crisis, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) has urged Government to ensure thousands of new retirement properties are built as a matter of urgency.

ILC-UK Chief Executive Baroness Sally Greengross has also called on the Government to introduce a duty on Local Authorities to assess the needs of their older populations when making housing plans, and ensure that these needs are met before plans are put in place.

Research conducted by the ILC-UK has found:

  • Nearly 9 in 10 of the 65-79 age group live in under-occupied housing – over 50% live in homes with two or more excess bedrooms.
  • There are around 515,000 specialist retirement and extra care homes in England. However, this means that there is only enough specialist housing to accommodate 5% of the over-65 population.
  • According to ILC-UK calculations, there could be a retirement housing gap of 160,000 retirement housing by 2030 if current trends continue. By 2050, the gap could grow to 376,000.

The ILC-UK also found that those in retirement housing are significantly more likely to be living in homes with adaptations than those who do not. Approximately 87% of those in retirement housing have home adaptations, by comparison to around 60% in other types of housing.

Therefore, as well as freeing up a range of properties throughout the housing market, downsizing in later life could help to ensure more people can stay in their homes for longer, reducing pressure on the residential care sector.

Surveys conducted by the ILC-UK have also found that there are several reasons why older people do not downsize. One is a supply problem; the lack of suitable housing on the market. Another is financial considerations in terms of moving; stamp duty can be a major barrier.

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK said:

'The Housing Minister is right to recognise that meeting the needs of last time buyers and encouraging downsizing is crucial to addressing the housing crisis. Downsizing can also ensure that older people live in properties that allow them to stay in their own homes for longer, and can release equity that can be used to fund social care in later live.

However, unless Government acts to encourage local authorities and developers to meet the needs of last time buyers, there could be a retirement housing gap of 160,000 retirement homes by 2030. If current trends continue, the gap could grow to 376,000 homes by 2050.

Local Authorities must have a duty to assess the needs of their older population when making housing plans, and ensure that these needs are met before plans are put in place.

Government should also consider what changes can be made to Stamp Duty to remove the perceived financial barrier of downsizing'.

Contact

Dave Eaton at ILC-UK davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk 02073400440 or 07531 164 886

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.


Notes to Editors

Full references are available in The State of the Nation’s Housing. To produce The State of the Nation’s Housing, ILC-UK has analysed data available through wave 7 of the The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and data from the English Housing Survey. The report also incorporates analysis of other official data sets including those produced by ONS and Government Departments.

The State of the Nation’s Housing is available to download at http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/the_state_of_the_nations_housing_an_ilc_uk_factpack

Survey data is available in Generation Stuck: Exploring the reality of downsizing in later life, available to download at http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/generation_stuck_exploring_the_reality_of_downsizing_in_later_life

ILC-UK is the leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change. We have over 15 years’ experience of producing ground breaking research, policy analysis and debate. 

Presenting current and futures research on economic policy, families and community, health and social care, migration and integration, transport and planning, work and wellbeing. Issue and impact driven – we aim to improve public policy and practice both at the national and international level. We are solutions focussed and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:
*Producing over 35 reports.
*Holding over 50 high level events and conferences.
*Featuring in every UK national newspaper and international publications, contributing to national TV and Radio debates and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

We need a Research Fellow with excellent analytical ability and strong writing skills who has a passion for, and understanding of, UK public policy. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, conducting secondary analysis of literature and evidence including data. Alongside this, you will be need to be able develop your own narrative including drawing together interesting and salient conclusions and recommendations to influence UK public policy. You must be able to work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines. Ideally candidates will also have some experience in project management, client liaison, proposal development and wider fundraising activities.

This role would suit an individual with two to three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment. You will need strong analytical ability including high level competency in interpreting and communicating complex data analysis. A broad understanding of, and interest in, current economic and social policy debates is a must.

Key skills:
1. Essential: Two to three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment.

2. Essential Ability to interpret and use complex data to develop a strong narrative and produce impactful policy solutions.

3. Essential: A track record of drafting and publishing reports or articles at speed.

4. Essential: Understanding and experience of analysing key UK health, social and/or economic public policy.

5. Essential: Ability to write engaging articles, briefs and reports for different audiences.

6. Essential: Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines.

7. Essential: Ability to offer support and guidance to more junior members of the research team as well as work with other members of the team.

8. Desirable: A Masters or higher degree in Social Sciences with research methods component including quantitative analysis.

9. Desirable: Experience of fundraising through leading on, or contributing to, tenders or project proposals from ideally a range of funders, including Government, academic trusts, foundations and charities.

10. Desirable: Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of the public policy environment in this field, including policy development and the political process.

11. Desirable: Experience or interest in the dissemination of research and the presentation of results in an academic, public or policy setting.

12. Desirable: Experience of leading or contributing to tenders or project proposals.

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, flexible working and secondments for the right candidate.

Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at info@ilcuk.org.uk ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Hours 5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)
Duration of contract Permanent
Salary £25,000-£35,000 depending on experience
Application deadline 27th February
Interview date 14-20th March
Start date ASAP
Place of Work Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants. If you have not been notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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ILC-UK is the leading think-tank on ageing and demographic change. We have over 15 years’ experience of producing ground breaking research, policy analysis and debate. 

Presenting current and futures research on economic policy, families and community, health and social care, migration and integration, transport and planning, work and wellbeing. Issue and impact driven – we aim to improve public policy and practice both at the national and international level. We are solutions focussed and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action. 

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:
*Producing over 35 reports.
*Holding over 50 high level events and conferences in conjunction with Number 10 Downing Street, members of the royal family, Ministers and celebrities.
*Featuring in every UK national newspaper and international publications, contributing to national TV and Radio debates and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

We need an economic analyst to lead on quantitative economic research projects, to feed their analysis into the wider work of the team, and to communicate research findings via engagement with policymakers and media.

The successful candidate will therefore need to be able to link data analysis to current economic policy debates, have well-honed writing skills and be able to explain complex economic ideas in plain language.

The ability to interpret and manipulate data is a must. In particular, applicants will need to be familiar with the mathematical and statistical techniques of applied economics, as well as statistical computing methods. For instance, in the role we would envisage the job holder using STATA, SPSS or an equivalent statistical software package to derive new insight from large micro datasets such as the Wealth and Assets Survey, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Labour Force Survey or Family Resources survey (amongst others).

The role would suit an outstanding individual with extensive experience in using economic analysis in a research or policy environment. We’re particularly interested in candidates with experience in researching issues around pensions and financial capability, the labour market or housing.

Key skills
1. Essential: A Masters or higher degree in economics or equivalent training and work experience.

2. Essential: Experience of analysing large social science datasets, such as ELSA, LFS, WAS or FRS.

3. Essential: Experience of devising and planning analytical work, from researching appropriate methods to resolving methodological challenges.

4. Essential: Experience in the dissemination of research and the presentation of results in an academic, public policy or industry setting.

5. Essential: A track record of drafting and publishing reports or articles at speed.

6. Essential: Experience of presenting research findings and policy implications to non-technical audiences, both in writing and verbally in a range of formats.

7. Essential: Sound project management skills with experience of managing own time effectively and working on a number of projects simultaneously.

8. Essential: Ability to work independently but to offer support and guidance to junior members of the team as well as work with other team members.

9. Desirable: Experience of fundraising through leading on, or contributing to, tenders or project proposals from ideally a range of funders, including Government, academic trusts, foundations and charities.

10. Desirable: Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of public policy environment in this field including policy development and the political process.

11. Desirable: Knowledge of UK public policy debates around the future of pension provision, financial capability, housing or the labour market. 

12. Desirable: Have an existing network among relevant academic/public policy community.

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The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, flexible working and secondments for the right candidate.

Send a (maximum) two page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at info@ilcuk.org.uk ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Hours 5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)
Application deadline 27th February
Duration of contract Permanent
Interview date 14-20th March
Salary £35,000-£45,000 depending on experience
Start date ASAP
Place of Work Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to notify unsuccessful applicants. If you have not been notified of the outcome of your application within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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For Immediate Release, Thursday, 22nd December


Think tank finds that if between 2000 and 2015 the money that was used to plug private defined benefit pension deficits had instead been redirected towards wages, average salaries would be £1,473 higher.

‘The End of the Beginning? Private defined benefit pensions and the new normal’, a report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) to be published in January also reveals:

  • Since the year 2000, pension contributions have accounted for an increasingly large proportion of total employee compensation. Where wages once accounted for more than 87% of total compensation, they now account for around 83%.
  • While some of those pension contributions will be for current employees, and therefore represents deferred consumption, around half has been for servicing the deficits of DB pensions which have since closed to new members.
  • The number of retirees receiving a DB pension will remain in the millions well into the latter half of this century – 3 million by 2060 and 1 million by 2070.

The collapse of BHS and concerns over the future of Tata Steel have put the sustainability of private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes firmly into the spotlight. These types of DB schemes promise a set payment to their members in retirement based on salary and years of service, but there are growing concerns that many such schemes and their sponsors will be unable to fulfil their promises at a time of rising life expectancy and falling interest rates.

Through new analysis of the Office for National Statistics’ National Accounts, the report finds that if the resources used to plug rising DB deficits had been directed towards boosting the pay of current workers, wages may have been, on average, as much as 6% higher (£1,473) in 2015.

While around half of all DB schemes are now closed to new members, the number of retirees receiving a DB pension will remain in the millions well into the latter half of this century – 3 million by 2060 and 1 million by 2070.


Source: Author’s calculations based on ONS National Accounts

‘The End of the Beginning? Private defined benefit pensions and the new normal’, supported by Ince and Co LLP and to be published by the ILC-UK in January will examine the scale of the DB pensions’ challenge, outlining what its implications have been for firms and employees, and how economic and demographic trends could shape the its future.

The report will make a series of policy recommendations to help ensure the long-term sustainability of both DB schemes, and the companies and employees funding them.

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing, ILC-UK said:

While the vast majority of private sector DB schemes have closed to new members or future accrual, their impact on individuals, firms and the economy as a whole is likely to be long felt. Our analysis suggests that plugging pension deficits has acted as an opportunity cost – supporting the pensions of retirees at the cost of investing in the current workforce. This situation will not change overnight. Based on conservative assumptions about future life expectancy and mortality, we estimate that DB pensions will continue to be paid out well into the latter half of this century.

We call on government, regulators and industry to devise solutions that move away from simply securing full member benefits and towards those that build in a recognition for the wider societal and economic challenges associated with continued DB pension deficits. 

Jennifer Donohue, Head of Global Corporate and Transactional Insurance, Ince and Co LLP said:

Company executives, pension trustees and all DB stakeholders need to adapt to a society where funds of DB schemes cannot provide for forty or fifty years of  retirement. Recognition of this legacy issue, and finding solutions to it, is the responsibility of all stakeholders, corporates, the government and scientists as we face a United Kingdom where a third of all babies born three years ago are now predicted to live to a hundred years old.

There is a nascent market of “gifted structurers” who can provide short, medium and long term (some as long as sixty years) solutions to the deficits problem. These solutions need to be accepted, expanded and developed if a societal calamity is to be avoided.

Notes

‘The End of the Beginning? Private defined benefit pensions and the new normal’ will be launched on Wednesday, 18th January with a panel debate of pensions policy experts. If you are interested in attending, please contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Contact

Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk on 07531 164 886)

About us

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

21st December 2016

Struggling for a Christmas present for Nan? Take her for a meal or to the theatre.

A new report “The Missing £Billions” by the Internatonal Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and supported by Anchor, Englands largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, hightlights how people aged over 75 are missing out on leisure and social activities they want to do, resulting in a big economic hit to local economies.

  • 1.2 million over 75s want to go to the cinema more often and 1.8 million over 75s want to eat out more often.
  • Over a million people aged 75+ would like to go more often to art galleries and museums.
  • Nearly 1.8 million people aged 75+ would like to go to the theatre more often.
  • Older women would like to go out more often than men, and especially to the theatre.

The research reveals that while only a tiny proportion (between 4.7% and 7.1%) of consumers aged over 50 engage in cultural activities, such as going to the cinema, theatre, and museums, at least once a month, between a third and a quarter of the 50+ would like to do more.

While six in ten consumers aged over 50 go out to eat at least once a month, roughly four in ten of this age group would like to eat out more often.

The new research, based on new analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing reveals that as we get older we spend less: for every year beyond the age of 55, average (equivalised) household expenditure on food and groceries, eating out, clothing, and leisure declines by approximately 1%.
  
Yet the barriers to spending aren’t just about money. As we get older, we are less likely to report that we don’t have enough money to meet our needs. When asked how often they have too little money to spend on their needs, almost six in ten (58.3%) people aged over 80 reply ‘Never’, as opposed to one in four 50-54 (25.2% of 50-54 year olds).

The report highlights how older consumers with health impairments or disabilities are spending less than those without such conditions
• Older people with a walking difficulty spend on average 14.5% less than those without such a disability.
• People aged 50+ with poor eyesight spend 9-10% less on leisure and eating out.

Living in a rural area has a mixed impact on spending. It is associated with 12.1% less spending on clothes and 7.8% less on leisure activities, regardless of age, income, health barriers, and having access to a car. By contrast, people living in rural areas spend on average 7.2% more on eating out than those who live in urban areas. Over half (56%) of people aged 75+ living in rural areas have no access to internet yet a lack of internet access is associated with 28% lower spending.

The research reveals there are significant economic benefits of having internet for people with a walking difficulty: while people aged 50-64 with a walking difficulty and no access to internet spend on average £215 a week on the four items mentioned before, people in the same age group with a walking difficulty who can shop online spend on average £286, that is up to £70 more.

Cesira Urzi Brancati, Research Fellow at ILC-UK said:

‘Older people who suffer from arthritis or have walking difficulties are at risk of being more isolated, because they can’t go out as much as they would like to. We must ensure that leisure activities are as accessible as possible; also, improving internet access may help some of us spend more money as we age’

Anchor is ‘Standing Up 4 Sitting Down' as it calls on shops and retailers to do their bit to reduce older people’s loneliness and subsequent health issues by providing adequate seating in store and on the high street. This follows findings that the economy risks losing up to £3.8 billion a year through a lack of accessibility for many older people.

Anchor’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft, CBE, said:

“It’s unjust for older people not to have equal access to shops and leisure activities. This generation is often cut off from the online world, so it’s crucial we enable them to connect in other ways. Standing Up 4 Sitting Down calls for change that benefits everyone. For shops, providing seating is a great opportunity to boost footfall and spending. For older people, it offers the opportunity for important social contact to tackle loneliness, encourages physical exercise, and allows a generation the chance to live later life to its fullest.”

For more information about Standing Up 4 Sitting Down and to lend your support to the campaign, go to www.su4sd.org.uk, call 0800 731 2020 or follow us on twitter using #su4sd.

Contact
Dave Eaton: 02073400440 Davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk

Derya Filiz at Anchor: derya.filiz@anchor.org.uk

Notes

“The Missing £Billions” will be published on 21st December on the ILC-UK website.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

ILC-UK gratefully acknowledge the Office for National Statistics, for collecting the Living Costs and Food Survey (2014), and NatCen for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (2014/15). Data were made available by the UK Data Service.

About Standing Up 4 Sitting Down

Anchor is calling on shops, retailers, shopping centres and high streets to pledge on su4sd.org.uk  to maintain or increase the number of seats they provide.

The campaign aims to:

  • Provide MPs, planners, businesses and the public with a better understanding about the challenges older people face on the high street
  • Encourage a change in practice that sees the provision of seating as the norm

Shops and retailers can back the campaign by signing up at http://www.su4sd.org.uk and applying for free window stickers.
Members of the public and MPs can support by encouraging local shops and retailers to sign up for Standing Up 4 Sitting Down and engaging in conversations online using #su4sd.

About Anchor

With almost 40,000 customers in 1,000 locations, Anchor is a charity and England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people. Anchor provides a range of services from rented and leasehold retirement properties to residential care homes, specialist dementia care homes and retirement villages.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

15/12/16

Social care precept increases won’t benefit the areas which need it most.
Potential funding increases are ‘no-where near adequate’ to sustain adult social care.

New analysis conducted by economists at the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) has found that a 3% social care precept wouldn’t benefit the local authorities which needed it most.

  • • 3% precept in Tower Hamlets raises £160 for every person over the age of 65. This is despite the fact it has a very low proportion of older people (just 6% are over 65).
  • • By contrast, West Somerset only brings in £53 per older person, despite having the highest proportion of older people in the country.

Raising the precept will be far more effective for some local authorities than others. ILC-UK analysis shows that a rise in the precept from 2 to 3% will bring in more money per older person for those local authorities where the older population accounts for a smaller overall proportion. In other words, those local authorities that need the money most, will bring in the least. This is shown on the chart below (each dot represents a local authority).

[Source ILC-UK analysis of DCLG and ONS data]

 

How much would a 3% levy raise per older person?


[Source ILC-UK analysis of DCLG and ONS data]


Ben Franklin, Head of Economics at ILC-UK said: “Sadly, this announcement seems to be about spin not substance. Simply raising the precept will be no-where near adequate to meeting the care needs of the UK’s ageing population and will exacerbate the extreme post-code lottery that already exists for people trying to access care services. The promise that local authorities can keep the new homes bonus is a sticking plaster on top of a sticking plaster.
The sector faces significant short and long term pressures including meeting the new living wage and supporting an increasing number of older people with complex care needs. Yet, the level of funding does not reflect this. We urgently need a new settlement. The cracks cannot be papered over any longer.”   

Contact: Ben Franklin at ILC-UK 02073400440 benfranklin@ilcuk.org.uk
About ILC-UK The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change. www.ilcuk.org.uk



Since our October update, we have published two new reports: our second annual State of the Nation report on alcohol and over 50s, and our Economic Insight paper on the 2016 Autumn Statement.

We also hosted our second annual Future of Ageing Conference, and organised discussions covering antimicrobial resistance in an ageing society, global savings challenges and innovations in the care workforce.

These updates are sent every couple of months. If you would like to keep on top of our latest news, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our LinkedIn Group.

Thank you for all of your support this year

This year, we have published 18 reports (with a 19th to be launched towards the end of December), and hosted more than 50 events (attended by more than 1100 people). We are very grateful for the support offered to us by all of our research funders, Partners and collaborators.

On behalf of the International Longevity Centre - UK, Baroness Sally Greengross and David 'Santa' Sinclair would like to wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous new year.

If you would like to support our work, please click here to donate to the ILC-UK via our Secure BT My Donate Portal.

ILC-UK Publications

Easing the transition: The relationship between alcohol and labour market activity in the over 50s population of the UK

This report sets out the specific barriers and challenges faced by over 50s with current or previous drinking problems at three stages of labour market activity: unemployment, employment and retirement.

Economic Insight: The 2016 Autumn Statement

In the latest ILC-UK Economic Insight paper, we analyse what the 2016 Autumn Statement means for savings and conclude with a short discussion about UK savings policy.

ILC-UK Events

Costing care: New approaches to means-testing and funding adult social care

Wednesday 14th December; 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) - 18:30 (followed by a short drinks reception)
Staple Inn Hall, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ

This ILC-UK, IFoA and Cass Business School joint event will launch a new paper which reviews the present and proposed formula for means-testing adult social care in England.

Chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive of the ILC-UK, the launch will include a keynote presentation from report author, Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics, Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Cass Business School, and a response from an expert panel of actuaries and related professionals.

This event is currently operating a waiting list. To join the waiting list, please follow the link below.
Please click here to join the waiting list for this event.

Legal & General sponsor the ILC-UK website

We are delighted to announce that Legal & General has agreed to sponsor our website for three years from November 2016.

Kerrigan Procter, Managing Director, Legal & General Retirement said:

'We are delighted to sponsor the International Longevity Centre’s website and support their work as the leading think tank on longevity and demographic change'.

Baroness Sally Greengross, ILC-UK Chief Executive added:

'Legal & General are one of ILC-UK’s founding Partners and as such we have worked with them for many years. We are delighted that they have agreed to sponsor our website for three years. This important support will help us continue to deliver our independent analysis of demographic change'.

Please click here for more information.

Stay informed on immunisation updates throughout Europe

Given the ILC-UK's interest in lifecourse approaches to policy, preventative health and healthy ageing, we run the European Adult Immunisation Hub; a website dedicated to providing multimedia resources for organisations interested in promoting adult immunisation to policy makers across Europe.

The Hub hosts new research reports into the cost-benefit and efficacy of adult immunisation as a public health measure, videos and infographics, and patient stories to use in conjunction with research reports to advocate for adult immunisation.

Recent stories include 'Why tweeting when you're ill could help boost immunisation rates', and 'The threat posed by antimicrobial resistance'.

If you would like to contribute to the Hub, please contact Dave Eaton at davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Partners Programme

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Equiniti, EY, FirstPort, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Working with ILC-UK

Research and Events

Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

Press

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Employers ‘letting down’ over 50s on risks of alcohol in later life – new report

  • Recent retirees are more likely to drink every day
  • Almost one third of older drinkers in the professional occupational class drink 5-7 days a week
  • A quarter of the professional occupational class aged 60-69 drink heavily – more than under 30s
  • Those retiring before 60 and after 75 are more likely to be high-risk drinkers

Older adults in employment and facing retirement are being let down by employers when it comes to problem drinking, a report released today states.

The report written by ILC-UK and commissioned by Drink Wise, Age Well, urges employers and government to take more action to help over 50s in employment or facing retirement to avoid serious alcohol problems in later life.

It highlights retirement as a ‘danger point’ for problem drinking, with recent retirees over 50 being more likely to drink every day. Additionally, those retiring before 60 are more likely to become a high-risk drinker, as are those working beyond the age of 75.

It concludes that there is currently a ‘blind spot’ in support from employers and the state in preparing for retirement which falls short of emotional, health and social changes. For millions of people facing later retirement in the future, the report represents a clarion call.

For those over 50s still employed stress, boredom, lack of control over work and retirement worries all contribute to drinking more. Earlier this year the Drink Wise, Age Well survey revealed that as many as 1 in 4 older adults would not ask for help with an alcohol problem if they needed it.  For those who drank more than they used to, 40% cited retirement as a reason for doing so.

Other findings include:

  • Nearly 30% of over 50s in the ‘professional’ occupational classes drink 5-7 days a week, the highest of any occupational class
  • Almost a quarter of older groups in the highest professions drink more than their younger counterparts
  • Alcohol problems can cost UK employers money in terms of workplace absence and lost productivity – around 7.3 billion a year

Over 50s who have been out of work and recovered from an alcohol problem still face further barriers in getting back into work. Only 16% of employers said they would consider employing someone with a previous alcohol problem, leaving some of the UK’s most experienced workers who want to work unable to realise their potential.

The authors of the report call for employers to introduce measures to assist employees over 50 who might be struggling with an alcohol problem, such as counselling and effective workplace policies that treat alcohol issues like any other health issue.

For those into retirement, the report calls for GPs to factor in the effects of retirement when giving advice on reducing risk from alcohol. The report also calls for greater engagement from employers to staff pre and post-retirement. This includes social clubs and guidance on how to avoid alcohol becoming a problem once working life is over.

Julie Breslin, head of programme for Drink Wise, Age Well said:

“People aged over 50 who are out of work, may struggle more than any other age group to get employment. Add this to someone over 50 who is in recovery from problem drinking, and there is a compounded stigma. However, people in recovery will often have so much more to offer a workplace; experience, loyalty and commitment, and by making employment opportunities more accessible everyone benefits.

Additionally, people who are approaching retirement age will have given much of their life to the workplace and supporting their employer’s success. It is only right that there is an investment from the workplace into their well-being particularly as they approach retirement. There should be a holistic approach to retirement which includes health and well-being. Providing people with knowledge and awareness, and coping strategies to manage the transition hopefully means people won’t turn to increased alcohol use if they are struggling”

David McCullough, chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service said:

“Retirement is like a cliff edge and often older people go from having a busy schedule and colleagues to interact with, to days where they might not see anyone or even have a conversation on the phone. It doesn’t take long for loneliness to set in and drinking a little more than they should each day can quickly become the norm. It’s vital that people facing retirement or those recently retired, remain mentally and physically active and engaged in their community and we would urge employers to ensure they have the necessary support and guidance in place to help employees with what can be a very steep transition.”

Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK said:

“As our population ages, the importance of older employees continues to grow.

A healthy and happy older workforce is vital, and having a better relationship with alcohol can help towards this. This report shows that many older adults are reaching retirement drinking potentially harmful amounts, and there is a need for increased support from employers in treating alcohol problems as they would other health problems.

Employers, health professionals and family members should be having these potentially difficult conversations sooner rather than later, to prevent serious alcohol related harm developing later in life”.

The report is available to download here.

Notes to Editors:

  • The report was compiled from existing health and social-related data and took evidence from working and retired over 50s, and employers at a series of enquiries at the House of Lords.
  • The AUDIT Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test identifies three categories of drinker:

o LOWER RISK: This group is defined as: AUDIT score of 0-7 Or: Men who regularly drink 3-4 units per day. Women who regularly drink 2-3 units per day. This group is defined as ‘lower risk’ rather than ‘no risk, as evidence is accumulating that no level of alcohol use is without risk entirely. This is particularly true for older adults.

o INCREASING RISK DRINKERS This group is defined as: AUDIT score of 8-15 or Men who regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units a day, but less than the higher risk levels. Women who regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units a day, but less than the higher risk levels.

o HIGHER RISK DRINKERS This group is defined as: AUDIT score of 16+ or Men who regularly drink more than 8 units a day or more than 50 units of alcohol per week. (5 bottles of wine or 20 pints). Women who regularly drink more than 6 units a day or more than 35 units of alcohol per week. (14 pints lager or 3 ½ bottles of wine)

  • High Risk drinkers are defined in this research as respondents in Understanding Society who drink more than five times a week and who drink more than eight units in a typical day.
  • Recent retirees are defined as respondents in Understand Society who retired between waves four and five.
  • Drink Wise, Age Well will be delivered over a seven year period by a consortium led overall by Addaction and in Northern Ireland by Addiction Northern Ireland, and including Royal Voluntary Service, International Longevity Centre UK and Drug and Alcohol Charities Wales. The programme will be evaluated by an academic team led by the University of Bedfordshire’s Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team (SMART

Each partner will take the lead in a demonstration area:

  • Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland: Addiction Northern Ireland (contact Director Thelma Abernethy or Locality Manager Joanne Smith )
  • Cwm Taf Wales: Drug Aid (Director, Caroline Phipps or Locality Manager Richard Broadway)
  • Devon County, England:  Addaction (Contact Clare Pawley)
  • Sheffield City, England : Royal Voluntary Service- (Contact Emma Wells)
  • Glasgow City, Scotland: Addaction (Contact Graeme Callander)
  • Research and Evaluation: Sarah Wadd, SMART who will lead a UK wide academic team
  • Policy- Sally-Marie Bamford, ILC-UK
  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
     
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year it funds 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

5 December 2016

Think Tank urges action to improve uptake of Shingles Vaccine among older people

Responding to the news of falls in uptake of the shingles vaccination, the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) has urged a change to its eligibility guidelines.

Public Health England has reported a decline in the uptake of the Shingles vaccination in both the routine (70 year old) and catch up (78 years old) cohorts (from 61.8% in 2013/14 to 54.9% in 2015/16 and from 57.8% in 2014/15 to 55.5% in 2015/16, respectively).

In 2013, ILC-UK published “Immune Response”, calling for a lifecourse approach to immunisation and making 30 plus recommendations for policy action.

In 2015, ILC-UK launched a European Adult Immunisation Hub, which seeks to provide information and news about adult immunisation across Europe.

David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK and Editor of the European Adult Immunisation Hub said:

“Vaccination is not just for kids. In an ageing society we need a much greater focus on improving awareness and uptake of vaccination among adults.

Anything we can do to reduce likelihood of pain is of huge importance in old age, with 6 in 10 people in their mid-70s suffering from pain.

Shingles can be a significant cause of pain in old age and vaccination is an effective way of reducing the likelihood that we will suffer from it. We must ensure that older people eligible for the Shingles vaccination take up their right to receive it.

Some parts of the country have very low coverage of the Shingles vaccine among eligible people. It is important that Public Health England and the Department of Health work to ensure that we don’t see emerging a postcode lottery in access to the vaccine.

The complexity of the age of eligibility guidelines for shingles will no doubt be hampering the ability to communicate uptake to relevant individuals. Perhaps now is the time to extend eligibility to everyone between 70 and 80, after all, all of these people are at risk and would benefit from vaccination.”

Details of who is eligible for a shingles vaccine are available here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/who-can-have-the-shingles-vaccine.aspx

See the European Adult Immunisation Website for more information about the latest figures for Shingles uptake: http://www.adultimmunisation.eu/shinglesherpes-zoster/shingles-vaccination-uptake-falls-england/

Contact

David Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) 02073400440 or 07851042609

Notes

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.


The European Adult Immunisation Hub is available at: http://www.adultimmunisation.eu/.

Economic Insight by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), published following the Autumn Statement, paints a bleak picture for future pensioners. ILC-UK analysis reveals that:

  • By 2022, economic output per person will be over 25% smaller than we would have expected it to be before the crisis. This economic weakness has impacted on household finances.
  • Real wages will be £11,600 (or 31%) below what we would have expected them to be before the crisis. This has made it harder to save.
  • Bank Rate is expected to remain firmly in the zero lower bound, while returns on long dated government bonds are likely to remain at historically low levels. This means savings will not go as far.
  • The household savings ratio has been falling and is expected to remain low up to 2022. This is despite the continued roll out of automatic enrolment.

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics at ILC-UK said:

“The picture painted by the Autumn statement is bad economic news for savers, but this does not mean the Government should shy away from its long run objective of supporting private savings through automatic enrolment. Government needs to think carefully about how to square the circle and deliver increased savings alongside economic growth.”

ILC-UK Economic Insight “Autumn Statement 2016: What does it all mean for UK savings?” has been published on the ILC-UK website at www.ilcuk.org.uk

The ILC-UK Economic Insight has been supported by the ILC-UK Partners Programme. Members of ILC-UK Partners Programme include Anchor; Audley; Aviva; Centre for Ageing Better; Equiniti; EY; FirstPort; Hymans Robertson; Legal & General; Newcastle University Institute for Ageing; Partnership; Prudential. 


Ends

Contact: Dave Eaton: Davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk 020 7340 0440

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change. We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.


The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is delighted to announce that Legal & General has agreed to sponsor our website for three years from November 2016.

Kerrigan Procter, Managing Director, Legal & General Retirement said:

'We are delighted to sponsor the International Longevity Centre’s website and support their work as the leading think tank on longevity and demographic change.

One of our society’s greatest achievements is that people are living longer, but ageing populations also bring challenges - from providing pensions to health and social care to housing.

We all share a common interest in finding new solutions to the challenges and indeed the opportunities presented by an ageing population.

At Legal & General we are working with individuals and companies on managing the financial consequences of people living longer. We currently provide income and security to over one million people in retirement and are investing in projects, such as housing, to help build a positive future for everyone. This is a natural partnership for us and one that we are very proud to support'.

Baroness Sally Greengross, ILC-UK Chief Executive added:

“Legal & General are one of ILC-UK’s founding Partners and as such we have worked with them for many years. We are delighted that they have agreed to sponsor our website for three years. This important support will help us continue to deliver our independent analysis of demographic change”

Legal & General, established in 1836, is one of the UK’s leading financial services companies and is responsible for managing £842 billion of assets globally. Legal & General operates one of the largest annuity books in the UK and backs the pension promises it is responsible for keeping with an investment strategy guided by an ambition to play a socially and economically useful role in our wider society and economy.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Press Release

Embargoed Wednesday 9th November 00.01

Current pensioners have managed to secure unprecedented leisure time but fail to enjoy the fruits of their labour  


Current pensioners have come close to achieving Keynes’ 80 year old vision of economic bliss – where people are able to capitalise on extended periods of leisure time[1]. But many have fallen short of his ideal because they are unable to remain active and spend their accumulated wealth. Meanwhile, future generations may be forced to work longer hours and experience a sustained reduction in leisure time.

Based on analysis of OECD and Bank of England datasets [2], the findings will be presented by ILC-UK Head of Economics, Ben Franklin, at the ILC-UK’s Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference today.

Those reaching retirement today have benefitted from falling working hours, earlier exits from the labour force and longer life expectancy. New analysis from the ILC-UK shows how this has translated into far fewer working hours over the expected lifetimes of adults retiring today:

  • An average of 23 hours per week for those retiring in the UK today versus 30 hours in 1970.
  • An average of 19 hours per week in France for those retiring today versus 34 hours in 1970.
  • An average of 21 hours per week in Norway for those retiring today versus 30 hours in 1970[3].

Mr Franklin will argue that despite the success in substantially reducing lifetime working hours and increasing leisure time, those in retirement are not necessarily “enjoying the abundance when it comes”.[4] He highlights ILC-UK research which finds that, on average, older people are “underspending”[5], that poor health prevents older people from doing what they want in retirement, and that most leisure time is taken up watching TV and later on, living at home alone.

Yet just as we get accustomed to shorter working weeks, the trend has started to reverse. New analysis of 300 years’ worth of data suggests that the post-World War II period was an economic anomaly characterised by high wage growth, substantial increases in the productivity of labour and in the successful diffusion of productive invention (see chart). Since the year 2000, growth in each of these areas has stalled meaning people have had to work for longer to keep the economy ticking over.

Speaking at the conference, Ben Franklin will say:

“Over eighty years ago, Keynes had a vision that people would work substantially fewer hours and have much more leisure time to use in meaningful ways – to “enjoy the abundance when it comes”. Yet while we reduced the number of working hours across the lifetimes of those retiring today and created extensive periods of adult life outside of the workforce, most leisure time in retirement is spent watching television and, later on, living at home alone. Poor health and disability remain significant barriers to economic bliss in retirement.

Meanwhile, weak economic fundamentals may mean that Keynes’ vision of bliss will slip further from the fingers of those in the workforce today, with slower productivity growth leading to longer hours in work. If, as the data suggests, it turns out that the period 1950-2000 was an economic anomaly rather than the new normal, this will have profound implications for the future leisure opportunities of today’s workers.”


David Sinclair, ILC-UK Director, also speaking at the conference, will set out a positive vision for the Future of Ageing. He will argue that we are at a tipping point where staff shortages, the increasing economic cost of ageing and poor economic fundamentals will force action by policymakers.

Speaking at the conference David Sinclair will say:

“Over the past decade public policy has started to respond to the challenge of ageing. Auto enrolment into pensions has got millions more people saving. We have seen falls in serious illness among older people over the past decade as well as, for example, falls in excess winter deaths. We have seen a growth in age friendly communities as our society slowly adapts to ageing.

We have begun responding to ageing but we are miles from where we need to be. Health and social care funding is inadequate to meet demand, too few people are saving an adequate amount for their retirement and most of us aren’t living as healthily as we should.

But while ageing may seem an impossible challenge for politicians, with political will and action we can ensure the future of ageing is a success rather than a threat to our economy.”


Speaking at the conference, Sinclair highlights 6 “silver bullets” for policy makers to focus effort on, pointing out that achieving change in all these areas is possible with leadership and political will.

The 6 ILC-UK silver bullets

  • Maximising the economic contribution of older people
  • Getting us healthy
  • Maximising the potential of technology and big data
  • Stop patronising old age. Treat adults as adults
  • Start talking about end of life
  • Let’s make ageing fun

Ends

Contact

David Eaton, davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk (07851042609), David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk (07543646992) or Ben Franklin, benfranklin@ilcuk.org.uk (07393325293)

Journalists who would like to attend the Future of Ageing conference should contact ILC-UK asap. Filming and interviews may be arranged with speakers.

Notes:

Copies of the presentation of new analysis by Ben Franklin are available for journalists from Dave Eaton at ILC-UK. They will be published on the ILC-UK Website after the event.

Copies of other presentations on the day will also be made available on the ILC-UK website after the Future of Ageing Conference.

The ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference (http://www.futureofageing.org.uk/) brings together representatives from Government, business, academia and civil society. Speakers at this year’s conference, being held in Westminster, include:

  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health
  • Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority

On Friday 12th February 2016, the ILC-UK published a report based on the information presented at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, guest blogs written for our Future of Ageing series, and research and analysis from ILC-UK.  The report is available on the ILC-UK website at www.ilcuk.org.uk

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

[1] John Maynard Keynes, The economic possibilities for our grandchildren (1930)

[2] The Bank of England's Three Centuries Macroeconomic Dataset Version 2.3 - 30 June 2016

[3] We used OECD data to estimate likely hours in work as a proportion of total expected adult life. This is total estimated working hours over a lifetime divided by the number of adult years. Adult years is calculated as current life expectancy at the point of retirement minus age of entry in the labour force (we use age 18 for year of entry since time series data on entry is not available for all countries).

[4] John Maynard Keynes, The economic possibilities for our grandchildren (1930)

[5] http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/understanding_retirement_journeys_expectations_vs_reality


Responding to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Report on Intergenerational Fairness, David Sinclair, Director, International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK)_said:

We have made huge progress in tackling pensioner poverty over recent decades. It is a major public policy success.

As our society ages we need to adapt our welfare state to ensure its sustainability and long term survival. But whilst it is right to debate cuts to pensioner benefits, we must take care not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Within the next decade we are likely to see average pensioner income start to fall. We must ensure that public policy protects the income of tomorrows poorest pensioners, particularly those who won’t have any private savings at all.

This debate cannot be about young versus old. Younger people are tomorrows pensioners. They can look forward to a long and increasingly healthy old age. Younger people will need the support of a welfare state and many will rely on it. Younger people need decent, well paid jobs which help them save for old age.

Government and businesses must focus on ensuring our economy can better support an increasingly older consumer and worker. We must improve workforce productivity and create meaningful employment for all ages. There is a very strong case to invest in education for young and old alike.

Increasing the number of new homes being built will benefit young and old. Government must prioritise housing investment to ensure that older people have places to move to and younger people can get onto the housing ladder.

Ends

Contact: David Eaton on 07531 164886 davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Notes

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee report on Intergenerational fairness will be published on 00.01 on Sunday 6th November 2016.
ILC-UK presented oral and written evidence to the committee. ILC-UK also contributed to the Ready for Ageing Alliance evidence submitted to the Committee

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Press Release

For Immediate Release 28th October 2016

New analysis shows 60s who join a gym more likely to join a religious group

Think Tank’s longitudinal analysis also found that over 60s who join a political party are also significantly more likely to join a religious group like a church, synagogue or mosque.

Ahead of their annual ‘Future of Ageing’ Conference on Wednesday, 9th November in Central Hall Westminster, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) have conducted new analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and found that over 60s who join a gym or a political party are more like to also join a religious group.

Analysis of ELSA records from 2004-2014 by ILC-UK Research Fellow Dr Cesira Urzi Brancati found that:

  • Over 60s who join a gym are 4% more likely to also join a religious group, even when accounting for the trend in older people becoming more active
  • Over 60s who join a political party are 8% more likely to also join a religious group

The analysis of older people’s behaviour also found that there has been a marked decline in the number of 60-70 year olds belonging to a religious group in the last decade. Since 2002, 65-69 year olds are 7% less likely to claim that they belong to a religious group; 60-64 year olds are 6% less likely to claim that they belong to a religious group.

The ILC-UK also found that belonging to a religious group has a small, but positive impact on 60-70’s sense of worth and happiness:

  • When asked, ‘On a scale from 1 to 10, to what extent do you feel things you do in your life are worthwhile’ 60-64 year olds who are members of a religious group reported an average of 7.9; the average for those not members of a religious group was 7.4
  • For 65-69 year olds, the average response for those in a religious group was 8.2; for the non-religious group, it was 7.6
  • When asked ‘On a scale from 1 to 10, how happy did you feel yesterday’, religious 60-64 year olds on average reported 7.7 whilst the non-religious group average was 7.3
  • For 65-69 year olds, the average response for those in a religious group was 7.9, whilst the non-religious group average was 7.6


As the Church of England considers dropping its legal requirements for weekly Sunday services in light of declining attendance figures,
ILC-UK analysis suggests that outreach programmes by religious groups looking to grow their congregations might best be focused on over 60s who have recently started hitting the gym or campaigning with their local political party (of any affiliation).

The ILC-UK’s annual Future of Ageing Conference will consider how the challenges posed by the UK’s rapidly ageing population will affect health and social care; housing; pensions and personal finance; and wider social issues such as the future of faith in our rapidly ageing society.

Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, ILC-UK said:

Every aspect of our society and economy is affected by our rapidly ageing population. This analysis might suggest that efforts to boost membership across a range of organisations could be best focused on targeting a new generation of over 60s looking to become more active and try something new. Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury will be delving into the future of faith in an ageing society in more details at the ILC-UK’s annual Future of Ageing Conference this November.


Notes

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is organising its second annual all day conference on The Future of Ageing, on Wednesday, 9th November 2016 at Central Hall, Westminster.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health
  • Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK
  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO

Contact

For more information, contact Dave Eaton at ILC-UK on 020 7340 0440 or davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk

ILC-UK are grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their sponsorship of this conference. Further support has kindly been received from Action on Hearing Loss, Drink Wise, Age Well, and Lip Reading Practice.

The conference will take place at: Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

To purchase your ticket, please click here to access our 2016 event page.http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/the_future_of_ageing_2016

On Friday 12th February 2016, the ILC-UK published a report based on the information presented at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, guest blogs written for our Future of Ageing series, and research and analysis from ILC-UK. To download the full report, please click here.

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

We also host an annual Future of Ageing Conference to assemble representatives from Government, business, academia and civil society to discuss how the UK can meet the challenges and the opportunities of a rapidly ageing society.

Since our August update, we have launched four new reports, including an analysis of future care sector workforce shortages in the context of Brexit, and a review of financial capability interventions and older people in retirement.

We have also opened bookings for a December event on new approaches to means-testing and funding adult social care, and limited spaces are still available for the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference.

These updates are sent every couple of months. If you would like to keep on top of our latest news, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our LinkedIn Group.

 

ILC-UK's Future of Ageing Conference less than one month away

George Sinclair, age 9, explains the urgent need to address the challenges posed by our rapidly ageing society

The Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference
Wednesday, 9th November 2016; Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

Current confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO
  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK
  • Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Dr Maragaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health, and
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority

For more information and to register to attend, click on the below link
ILC-UK 2016 Future of Ageing Conference

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their sponsorship of this conference.

Further support has kindly been received from Action on Hearing Loss, lip reading practice and Drink Wise, Age Well.

We have a number of promotional opportunities for organisations wishing to be involved in the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference. For full details, please click here.

We are also happy to work with organisations on bespoke packages. If you would like to discuss sponsorship and the various packages in more detail, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk.

 

Support the work of the International Longevity Centre - UK

As an independent charity with no core funding, the ILC-UK relies upon the support of our Partners Programme and individual research commissions to operate.

If you would like to support our work producing research and policy analysis and hosting around 50 free-to-attend events a year, you can now donate to the ILC-UK via the secure BT My Donate portal below.

Any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated, and will allow us to continue to address the greatest challenges facing Government and society in the context of our rapidly ageing society and demographic change.

Please click here to donate to the ILC-UK

 

ILC-UK Publications

Brexit and the future of the migrant social care workforce
In this follow up to ILC-UK's 2015 report ‘Moved to Care’, ILC-UK and Independent Age update the analysis of the future workforce shortages in adult social care in England to take account of the EU referendum result of the 23rd June.

Still not ready for ageing
The Ready for Ageing Alliance assess the Government's response to our rapidly ageing society and finds the UK is still not ready.Far from seeing sustained progress over the past few years, society is seemingly going into “reverse gear” in some respects.

What works? A review of the evidence on financial capability interventions and older people in retirement
Commissioned by the Money Advice Service and the UK Financial Capability Strategy, this report carried out an extensive scoping review to establish which financial education programmes designed to improve financial capability amongst older people are effective.

Pension coverage and pension freedoms: Lessons from Hong Kong
This think-piece looks to Hong Kong,  whose pension infrastructure is similar to the one emerging in the UK to examine the potential impact of the UK's recent pension reforms.

 

ILC-UK Events

Costing care: New approaches to means-testing and funding adult social care

Wednesday 14th December; 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) - 18:30 (followed by a short drinks reception)
Staple Inn Hall, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ

This ILC-UK, IFoA and Cass Business School joint event will launch a new paper which reviews the present and proposed formula for means-testing adult social care in England.

Chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive of the ILC-UK, the launch will include a keynote presentation from report author, Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics, Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, Cass Business School, and a response from an expert panel of actuaries and related professionals.

Limited spaces are still available for this event.
Please click here to register for this event

 

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our August update, we have published analysis on how best to support tomorrow's workforce; addressing the persistence of poverty across Europe; the dilemma faced by central banks, and guest blogs from a variety of expert contributors.

Blogs written by ILC-UK researchers include 'Are immigrants driving down wages in the adult social care sector?', 'Coming soon to a welfare state near you? A universal basic income', and 'Creeping protectionism and population ageing: a lethal combination'. ILC-UK economists Ben Franklin and Dean Hochlaf have also published an ILC-UK Economic Insight report into the challenges facing central banks in the context of the economic 'new normal'.

Our guest blogs have included articles from Audley Chief Executive Nick Sanderson on 'Downsizing and the housing black hole', and from Claire Turner, Interim Director of Evidence at the Centre for Ageing Better on 'Ageing: the things we don't talk about'.

We have also published three guest blogs as part of our 'Future of Ageing' series: researchers from the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation have published on 'Developing and evaluating sustainable services in an ageing society'; Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health Geography at Durham University has written on how 'Where you live can kill you', and Dr Marianne Coleman, Emeritus Reader in Educational Leadership as written on 'The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in an ageing society'.

We also regularly publish our Friday Five: five key facts about issues related to ageing.

To read these and all our blogs, please click here.

 

Partners Programme

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Equiniti, EY, FirstPort, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

 

Working with ILC-UK

RESEARCH AND EVENTS
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Confirmed speakers include:

  •  John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health
  • Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK
  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO


Contact

For more information, contact Dave Eaton at ILC-UK on 020 7340 0440 or davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk.

Notes

ILC-UK are grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their sponsorship of this conference.

The conference will take place at: Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

To purchase your ticket, please click here to access our 2016 event page.

On Friday 12th February 2016, the ILC-UK published a report based on the information presented at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, guest blogs written for our Future of Ageing series, and research and analysis from ILC-UK. To download the full report, please click here.

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

We also host an annual Future of Ageing Conference to assemble representatives from Government, business, academia and civil society to discuss how the UK can meet the challenges and the opportunities of a rapidly ageing society.


A new paper “Still not Ready for Ageing” by the Ready for Ageing Alliance (R4AA), of which the ILC-UK is a member, argues that Government action on tackling the challenges and maximising the opportunities of ageing has stalled.

Click here to download the report.

The ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference will explore many of the issues raised by the Ready for Ageing Alliance.

Eventbrite - The Future of Ageing, an ILC-UK Conference


Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing, Population project, Financial Conduct Authority
  • The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO
  • David Sinclair, Director, International Longevity Centre - UK


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at the Future of Ageing conference, click here for further details on the options available, or contact Office and Events Manager Lyndsey Mitchell lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk.

 

Charities criticise Government’s continued failure to plan for our rapidly ageing society

  • Charities call for an urgent focus on the ‘crisis in social care’ and urge an extended remit for the planned auto-enrolment review.

A group of national charities have criticised the Government’s “incredibly disappointing” progress in planning for our ageing society. 

A new paper “Still not Ready for Ageing” by the Ready for Ageing Alliance (R4AA) argues that Government action on tackling the challenges and maximising the opportunities of ageing has stalled. The charities argue that far from seeing sustained progress over the past few years, society is seemingly going into “reverse gear” in some respects.

In July, the Government published a report – with no fanfare - which it itself commissioned from the Chief Scientist to gather the latest evidence and draw appropriate conclusions on the future of ageing. The Chief Scientist’s report correctly stated that government “will require a co-ordinated response between departments that reflects the robust evidence for the inter-connectedness of policies affected by ageing”.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance argues that we are a long way from achieving this and making the progress we need, pointing out that:

  • Savings levels remain far too low and, without significant increases, future generations of older people will find themselves poorer than today’s pensioners
  • Real wage growth is low, meaning that the incomes of most younger people do not allow them to save more
  • Social Care funding reform has received little discussion since plans for its reform were shelved and the funding gap in social care, which grows by the day, is a disaster for older people today and tomorrow
  • Health and care face major staffing shortages over the short and medium term and unless this reality is properly gripped now we are storing up even bigger problems for the future 
  • Our economy loses billions due to the underemployment of older people who would prefer to keep working but who can’t because of ageism and/or a shortage of flexible working opportunities
  • Isolation and loneliness remain blights on our society, with too little progress in ensuring communities are equipped to help us live independently for longer
  • We have a huge undersupply of retirement housing and new mainstream housing is not meeting the needs of older people today or tomorrow

In terms of pressing public policy issues today the Ready for Ageing Alliance ask for “An urgent focus on the crisis in social care with the aim of achieving a sustainable long term financial settlement which ensures people’s care needs are met”. They also call for the planned review into auto-enrolment to be extended to look broadly at how to increase savings and ensure today’s young people – our future pensioners - can realise an adequate income when they reach later life.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance also calls for:

  • The creation of a permanent commission on Demographic Change which would focus on making progress in responding to our changing society
  • A single point of contact in Government responsible for leading and responding to the challenges and opportunities of ageing set out by the Chief Scientist

David Sinclair of the Ready for Ageing Alliance said:

“The new Prime Minister and her Cabinet have a great opportunity now to set out an agenda to respond to the longer term challenges and opportunities of ageing. The Government must deliver an action plan to respond to the issues highlighted by the Chief Scientist and ensure the report isn’t left to gather dust on the shelf – the issues are far too important for that to happen and affect every single one of us alive today, and future generations too. We also need urgent recognition of the crisis on social care and a plan to fill the funding gap.”

The R4AA members are: Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Anchor, Carers UK, Centre for Policy on Ageing, the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK), Independent Age, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Application deadline - 8am, Monday 12th September

The ILC-UK is an independent, research led, think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and demographic change. Based in the heart of Westminster, much of our work is directed at the highest levels of government in London, Europe and internationally.

We are looking for an organised and proactive Office and Events Coordinator (Maternity Cover) who has experience both coordinating events and office administration. In return, you will gain valuable experience on a range of assignments: from coordinating the preparatory work for a high profile annual event, to independently managing the delivery of events in Europe, the UK and the Houses of Parliament; you will have real responsibility from week one.

You must have excellent communication and writing skills, with a high level of attention to detail. A good awareness of policy and politics would be advantageous. Candidates should have high standards of written and spoken English, and an ability to liaise with the suppliers, funders and general public alike. You should have a good understanding and interest in the work that the ILC-UK undertakes (www.ilcuk.org.uk).

Alongside coordinating our events programme, we are also looking for candidates who can ensure the smooth running of the ILC-UK office, from liaising with equipment suppliers, maintaining office equipment and liaising with the landlord, to monitoring annual leave, ordering stationery and arranging travel/ accommodation for staff.

The role will help to ensure that the office is running smoothly at all times and staff are provided with administrative support. It will ensure ILC-UK’s work reaches its target audience, through events, social media dissemination or engagement with parliamentarians and government. We are small enough for the successful candidate to have a major impact on our work but big enough to attract national media and political attention.

You must have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). Knowledge of Mailchimp and Eventbrite would also be advantageous. We are looking for someone who has a flexible attitude, who is comfortable working in a small team and who is able to learn quickly and adapt to new tasks with ease.

Personal Specification

  1. Essential: Experience of coordinating events and office administration.
  2. Essential: Good administrative skills.
  3. Essential: Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines in a small team.
  4. Essential: Strong written and oral communication skills.
  5. Essential: IT literate including Microsoft Office.
  6. Essential: Experience dealing with confidential matters.
  7. Essential: Experience of dealing with credit/debit card payments and petty cash.
  8. Essential: High level attention to detail.
  9. Desirable: Budgeting experience.
  10. Desirable: Worked in the Charity sector.
  11. Desirable: Experience of running events for parliamentarians, civil servants and policy makers.

Send a (maximum) two page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Office and Events Manager at info@ilcuk.org.uk ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

Hours
5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible depending on candidate)

Application deadline
8am, Mon 12th September

Duration of contract
12 months

Interview date
Thurs 22nd September 2016

Salary
£25,000 per annum (pro rata if part-time)

Start date
Tues 01st November 2016

Place of Work
Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please click on the below link to review the full Job Description for this position.

Documents:

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The Rt Hon. Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the NHS Confederation and former Secretary of State for Health and former Chair of the Health Select Committee, and Dwayne Johnson, Director of Adult Social Care, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council have agreed to join our fantastic list of speakers at the Future of Ageing conference.

Dr Margaret McCartney, GP, author and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health, will also present at the conference. Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho of the Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organisation will also focus on health and care issues, taking a more global perspective.

Conference attendees will also hear from:

  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • David Sinclair, Director, International Longevity Centre - UK
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2001

Join as at the Future of Ageing Conference on Wednesday, 9th November. Our Earlybird prices must end on 31st August, so sign up now to take advantage of this special discounted rate.

 

For Immediate Release

In an increasingly complex financial world, responsibility for financial decision-making is progressively being shifted onto the individual. Yet a new report, published by the International Longevity Centre UK, reveals we don’t know enough about how to help people be more financially savvy in their old age.

The end of compulsory annuitisation puts more responsibility on older people to actively manage their retirement income. For some older people, managing money in a digital world poses significant challenges. Others find the challenge of managing debt in old age worrisome. 

A number of studies have found that financial capability, defined as a person’s ability to manage money well, both day to day and through significant life events, is an essential prerequisite for sound financial decision-making. People with higher financial capability save and plan more for retirement, invest in the stock market and hold better differentiated portfolios, they choose cheaper mortgages, shop around for the best financial products and buy cheaper annuities. They are also less likely to be over-indebted and generally feel less anxious about their financial life.

Previous ILC-UK research has shown that of those aged over 55 with a private pension but not yet retired, only half understood what an annuity was “quite or very well”. Income drawdown was even less well understood. ILC-UK research has also revealed that older people have lower levels of numeracy than the young.

Yet, whilst there is a need to increase levels of financial capability among older people, a new review by the International Longevity Centre -UK (ILC-UK) finds that there isn’t enough evidence out there of what actually works.

‘What works? A review of the evidence on financial capability interventions and older people in retirement’ was commissioned by the Money Advice Service on behalf of the UK Financial Capability Strategy. The report carried out an extensive scoping review to establish which financial education programmes designed to improve financial capability amongst older people are effective.

The report examined different financial domains to determine which interventions were most successful in helping older people to manage their money and plan for later life. It found that while users of programmes designed improve money management generally report high levels of satisfaction and feeling more informed a lack of impact evaluation means that there is currently limited evidence of the impact of these programmes on financial behaviour.


Dr Cesira Urzì Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK said:

“The world of money is becoming more complex and older people are more diverse in their experience and needs. Some older people need help understanding how to manage money. Others may need support with investments.

“We need to do all we can to reduce the risk of more older people becoming victims of scams or abuse. Helping people better understand and manage their money has to be part of the solution.

“But while there is a need to raise financial skills across our lives, our research reveals that we simply don’t adequately know how to best help people.”

David Haigh, Director of Financial Capability at the Money Advice Service, said:

“This report highlights how little we know about how best to improve the financial capability of older people.  Whilst there are a number of interventions targeted at older people, there is little reliable and robust evaluation of whether they are truly effective.

“That’s why the Money Advice Service recently announced the launch of the £7m What Works Fund.  This fund is explicitly designed to help organisations carry out a robust evaluation of interventions they are delivering to improve financial capability.  By learning more about what is really effective, we can seek to ensure resources and funding are focussed on interventions that really make a difference.

“Generally, research shows that older people are financially capable. However, they face challenges around low levels of digital literacy and lack of planning for long term care. Discovering what works and targeting effective interventions in these areas will ensure that older people are able to effectively manage their money throughout later life.”

Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, said:

"We know that financial security is an important aspect of a good later life. Building financial capability among older people as well as those approaching retirement is an important part of ensuring that people are able to manage their money in later life.

This report highlights the limited evidence on ‘what works’ to increase financial capabilities among older people in retirement. 12.2 million people are projected to face inadequate retirement incomes.

The Centre for Ageing Better wants more people to feel prepared for later life. We welcome the launch of the £7 million fund by MAS and look forward to the learning which will emerge.”


Notes
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Since our June update, we have launched five new reports, including a landmark publication on the future of the UK welfare state; a report on the economic benefits of migration; and our annual factpack, which this year focuses on the state on the nation's housing.

We also extended the early bird rate for the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference to Wednesday, 31st August, and held our second national retirement income summit at the Chartered Insurance Institute.

These updates are sent every couple of months. If you would like to keep on top of our latest news, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our LinkedIn Group.


ILC-UK hosts the first Ageing Society pub quiz to launch 'The state of the nation's housing: An ILC-UK Factpack'

On Monday, 18th July ILC-UK hosted the first Ageing Society Pub Quiz to launch 'The state of the nation's housing: An ILC-UK Factpack', supported by FirstPort. Attendees competing across 13 teams tested their knowledge of everything from the issues surrounding an ageing society, to whether the cumulative age of ILC-UK staff was higher or lower than that of the current members of the Rolling Stones.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

ILC-UK Publications

The state of the nation's housing: An ILC-UK Factpack
Despite significant increases in the numbers of older people living alone, half of all older people with care needs haven’t made adaptations to their homes to make them easier to live in. Whilst specialist retirement housing can offer more adaptations and play a part in supporting downsizing, the report also finds that the retirement housing supply gap is set to worsen.

Measuring state effectiveness: an ILC-UK index
This technical report presents a new index for measuring State Effectiveness, and comparative performance analysis of countries across Europe. The report warns that 'silver welfare', the strategy of focusing spending on social protection for old age is the only strategy consistently associated with bad outcomes.

Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state
This landmark publication features contributions from more than 20 leading public figures on the reforms necessary to ensure the future of the welfare state. 'Towards a new age' provocatively argues that if governments make policy based purely to get re-elected, the welfare state could become so distorted that it might sow the seeds of its own demise.
A future of the welfare state thinkpiece

Innovate to Alleviate: Exploring how the role of an enhanced care worker could address skills shortages in the social care sector
This report, commissioned by the Department for Health, is the first to examine a newly developed role in the adult social care sector. The first scoping review of its kind, the report is a qualitative investigation compiled from interviews with individuals from all levels of the care home sector.

Immigration: Encourage or deter?
This report demonstrates that migration could boost the UK economy by £625 billion (or 11.4%) by 2064-65. It also finds that migration is likely to support the sustainability of government finances, and that raising the State Pension Age alone will not stabilise the UK's declining dependency ratio.

 

ILC-UK Events

Housing in an Ageing Society
Wednesday 12th October; 10:00 (for a 10:30 start) - 12:30; Legal & General

On Tuesday, 19th July we launched 'The state of the nation's housing', with the support of FirstPort.

This special half day event on Wednesday, 12th October will feature discussion and debate amongst industry experts and Government on the topic of Housing in an Ageing Society.

Speakers include:

  • Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Newly appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government;
  • Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive, Legal & General
  • Dr Brian Beach, Research Fellow, ILC-UK.

This event is fully subscribed, and is operating a waiting list.
Eventbrite - Housing in an Ageing Society


The Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference
Wednesday, 9th November 2016; Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

We are pleased to announce that since our June update a further two new keynote speakers have been confirmed for the Future of Ageing 2016. We have also extended our early bird rates until the end of August 2016.

Current confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO
  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK
  • Dr Maragaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health, and
  • Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority

Eventbrite - The Future of Ageing, an ILC-UK Conference

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone for their sponsorship of this conference.

Further support has kindly been received from:

    

 

We have a number of promotional opportunities for organisations wishing to be involved in the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference. For full details, please click here.

We are also happy to work with organisations on bespoke packages. If you would like to discuss sponsorship and the various packages in more detail, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk.

 

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our June update, we have published ILC-UK analysis on the reform of nursing bursaries and the end of Osbornomics, and a variety of blogs from expert guest authors.

Blogs written by ILC-UK researchers include an assessment of reforms of nursing bursaries, lessons from Asia and the rest of the world on maximising the potential of an ageing population, a summary of the Drink Wise, Age Well Inquiry and the end of Osbornomics.

Our guest blogs have included articles on getting young people saving (Michelle McGagh, freelance journalist); on why declining dopamine may explain why older people take fewer risks (Dr Robb Rutledge, Senior Research Associate, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL); and insights into the motivations of young and old voters in the EU referendum (Dr Stuart Fox, Quantitative Research Associate, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods).

We have also published guest blogs on combating ageism, fear and loathing in Brexit Britain (Jilly Forster, Founder, Forster Communications) and the difficult conversations people avoid as they get older (Claire Turner, Interim Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better)

We also regularly publish our Friday Five: five key facts about issues related to ageing.

To read these and all our blogs, please click here.

 

Partners Programme

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Equiniti, EY, FirstPort, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

 

Working with ILC-UK

RESEARCH AND EVENTS
Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

PRESS
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ILC-UK 2016 Conference
Wednesday 9th November 2016

ABOUT THE FUTURE OF AGEING CONFERENCE

This 2016 conference is the second in a new series of annual Future of Ageing conferences from the International Longevity Centre – UK. Our first conference sold out and was described by one delegate as ‘one of the best conferences I have ever attended’ . It was held in November 2015 and assembled experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.

Our 2016 conference aims to delve further into the future of ageing, focussing on:

  • The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in an ageing society
  • The future of retirement income
  • The future of our economy in an ageing society
  • The future of our built environment in an ageing society
  • The future of ageing research

For more information about our 2015 conference, please visit the 2015 event page here.

To regsiter for our 2016 conference, please visit the 2016 event page here.

WHY YOU SHOULD SPONSOR THIS CONFERENCE

  • We are well known for our events, many of which have to operate a waiting list system as they get fully booked quickly. We were oversubscribed for our 2015 Future of Ageing conference.
  • This will be a unique opportunity to showcase your organisation and product to key decision-makers.
  • You will benefit from the conference publicity to promote your organisation.
  • You will have the opportunity to network with key decision-makers during breaks which will total over two hours.
  • You will benefit from any media coverage before and after the event.
  • You will receive visibility in the press and public affairs campaign to promote the event and the policy findings.
  • You will have the opportunity to shape debates and conversations by engaging in our extensive conference programme. The conference provides an area for stakeholders to meet, learn, discuss and share ideas with their colleagues and professional peers.
  • We will have a limited number of exhibition stands available providing you with great attention from delegates.

BE PART OF THE EVENT
Sponsorship Opportunities

We are offering you the opportunity to sponsor this conference and have four main sponsorship options available to choose from. See below for the packages we are offering. We would, of course, be happy to work with you to create a package that suits your budget and requirements.

To discuss sponsorship and your requirements in more detail, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell, Events Manager, on 0207 340 0440 or lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk.

The Centre for Ageing Better has commissioned International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), along with Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing to conduct a review into inequalities in how people experience later life. The findings will help Ageing Better to ensure its work supports those who are most at risk of missing out on a good later life.

Inequalities in life expectancy, health, psychosocial wellbeing, social connections, financial stability and living environment all vary between different groups and in general increase for the most vulnerable in society.

Ageing Better is dedicated to ensuring that its work has both broad impact but also focusses on those most at risk of missing out on a good later life. The ILC-UK and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing will therefore scope the evidence on the scale, nature and influences of inequalities in later life. The vital piece of foundational research will help to underpin the design of Ageing Better’s work, enabling better insights into the areas where inequalities are greatest, and also an understanding of what is known about the most promising opportunities to intervene to narrow these disparities.

The causes of inequalities in later life are complex, inter-related, and challenging to eliminate. Current research into the scale, nature and influences of these inequalities is wide-ranging, but is of varied quality and quantity, with few areas studied to the same depth as health and income. ILC-UK will therefore provide a robust review of the available research and data and will draw conclusions about its quality and strength. The submission of the final review will be during February 2017.

ILC-UK and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing were appointed after responding to the Invitation to Tender issued by Ageing Better in March.

Rachael Docking, Senior Evidence Manager, the Centre for Ageing Better said:

“All our work is rooted in evidence on what matters to people as they prepare for and experience later life. This major review will help us support those who are most at risk of missing out on a good later life. We would like to thank everyone who responded to the Invitation to Tender, and we look forward to working with Newcastle University and ILC-UK.”

Centre for Ageing Better’s Later Life in 2015 study highlighted that there is a wide variation in how people experience later life. Find out more about the different groups of people aged 50 and over here.

  • Growing numbers of 45-64 year olds, and 65-74 year olds are living alone, with 6 million people living in houses with two or more excess bedrooms.
  • Think Tank urges government action on supply whilst also calling for more support to encourage people to adapt their own homes.
  • New analysis for ‘The State of the Nation’s Housing’ projects a shortage of 160,000 retirement housing by 2030.

Despite significant increases in the numbers of older people living alone, half of all older people with care needs haven’t made adaptations to their homes to make it easier to live in, finds the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) in their new “State of the Nation’s Housing” report.

Whilst specialist retirement housing can offer more adaptations and play a part in supporting downsizing, new analysis from the think tank finds that the retirement housing supply gap is set to worsen.

The State of the Nation’s Housing is published today by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), and supported by FirstPort, the UK’s largest residential property manager. The report paints a picture of increased under-occupancy and declining average household size:

  • Since 2005 there has been a significant increase in the number of 45-64 year olds living alone (500,000) as well as the number of 65-74 year olds living alone (300,000).
  • The average household size was 2.9 people in 1971. Today there are on average 2.3 people per household.
  • Over 16 million people – mainly owner occupied, middle aged and older households - live in under-occupied housing. 6 million live in houses with 2 or more excess bedrooms.
  • The 50 to 64 age group has the highest number of people in under-occupied homes (4.5 million), while the 65-79 age group has the highest proportion.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 of the 65-79 age group live in under-occupied housing – over 50% live in homes with two or more excess bedrooms.

But millions of over 50s with care needs haven’t adapted their housing

  • Population ageing is leading to rising care needs, but these needs are not being met. Since 2008-9 the numbers of older people (aged over 65) receiving care has fallen by 30%, while it has fallen by around 26% for those aged 18-64. As a result there are now half a million fewer people receiving care services than there were in 2008-9.
  • In 2012/13, there were 1.86 million people over the age of 50 in England who had unmet needs – an increase of 120,000 people (or 7%) since 2006/7. This means that around 1 in 10 people aged over 50 in England has an unmet care need.
  • Less than half of those over 50s with a limitation in an Activity of Daily Living (ADL) live in homes with any health-related adaptations.

Specialist retirement housing could be a solution for some, but new analysis by the ILC-UK projects a shortage of 160,000 retirement housing by 2030

  • Those in retirement housing are significantly more likely to be living in homes with adaptations than those who do not. Approximately 87% of those in retirement housing have home adaptations, by comparison to around 60% of other housing.
  • The rate of construction of new housing for older people has varied over the years. It peaked in 1989 at 30,000 units but has since fallen back dramatically – averaging around 7,000 new units a year over the last decade.
  • There are around 515,000 specialist retirement and extra care homes in England. However, this means that there is only enough specialist housing to accommodate 5% of the over-65 population.
  • According to our calculations, there could be a retirement housing gap of 160,000 retirement housing by 2030 if current trends continue. By 2050, the gap could grow to 376,000.
  • Among those over 50 who reported having problems with their homes, the most common noise (around 25%) and being too cold in the winter (around 20%).

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK said:

‘Our report highlights that there are millions of over 50s with care needs who haven’t adapted their housing for old age and may be in homes too big for them.

Retirement housing could be a solution for some older people but we are building far too few of this type of housing.

Government must ensure that planning better supports and encourages adaptations. If older people are to live longer in their own homes we must better support older people to make adaptations to allow them to continue to live independently their own homes. A freeze in the current rate of stamp duty might also encourage more over 50s to move to homes better suited to their current, and future needs’.

Nigel Howell, Chief Executive, FirstPort, said:

“As an industry, we need to make downsizing work better in order to reduce under-occupancy and ensure people are living in properties suited to their needs. Perhaps there needs to be a more flexible model than we have traditionally seen in the UK where home-ownership is seen as the ultimate aim for many. With today's varied lifestyles, apartment living can be a very attractive home option at any age, whether owned or rented. One beauty of apartment living for older customers is the combination of having your own home yet with the social infrastructure that comes with an apartment lifestyle.

We aim to continue working with partners in the property sector to drive forward these issues and present possible incentives and solutions so people can live in the properties that suit their lifestyle. Alongside this, we will help to inform the debate to ensure that we do not forget the real people behind these issues.”

To produce The State of the Nation’s Housing, ILC-UK has analysed data available through wave 7 of the The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and data from the English Housing Survey. The report also incorporates analysis of other official data sets including those produced by ONS and Government Departments.

Contact

Dave Eaton at ILC-UK davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk 02073400440 or 07531164886

Louise Fernley – Pagefield for FirstPort – at louise.fernley@pagefield.co.uk 0203 327 4062

Notes to Editors

Full references are available in The State of the Nation’s Housing. To produce The State of the Nation’s Housing, ILC-UK has analysed data available through wave 7 of the The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and data from the English Housing Survey. The report also incorporates analysis of other official data sets including those produced by ONS and Government Departments.

The State of the Nation’s Housing will be published on the ILC-UK website on 19th July 2016. Click here to download the report.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

About FirstPort
With over 30 years’ experience, FirstPort is the largest residential property manager and the leading retirement property management company in the UK.

It has c.115,000 general leasehold residential properties under management across c.2,150 developments and c.56,000 specialist retirement properties across c.1,400 developments in England. It manages c.3,300 retirement properties and c.7,400 general residential properties (approximately 130 developments) in Scotland.

The company also has a specialist team dedicated to looking after large and complex developments and manages some of the most prestigious residential sites in the UK including management of Build to Rent developments in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

A new Index on the effectiveness of different welfare states by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) ranks European countries based on their performance in a number of key welfare areas between 2003-2014. ‘Measuring state effectiveness: an ILC-UK index’ found that:

  • With approximately 15 million people classified by Eurostat as at ‘risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE)’, the UK is ranked 15th of 23 European countries on the ILC-UK’s Poverty and Social Exclusion Index.
  • The UK is ranked 14th on the ILC-UK’s Housing Quality Index, mainly due to its relatively high levels of housing cost overburden among the young and the working age population.
  • In terms of overall State Effectiveness, the UK is average: 11th out of 23 European countries.

Poverty and social exclusion

The Poverty and Social Exclusion Index includes indicators of the number of households earning less than 60% of the median income; of the proportion of those aged 18-29 not in employment, education or training; and pensioner wellbeing.

The UK fares worse than average in 23 EU countries, but especially so in terms of old age people at risk of poverty and social exclusion – though poverty and social exclusion remains highest amongst 18-24 year olds.

Housing quality

The Housing Quality Index is calculated on the basis of housing affordability; housing overcrowding rate, by age group; housing deprivation (e.g. leaking roof, damp walls, etc) and the proportion of homeowners (with or without outstanding mortgage), amongst other measures.

The UK is ranked 14th for housing quality, and the UK has one of the highest rates of housing cost overburden, followed only by Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Greece. 18-24 year olds face particularly heavy cost burdens relative to other age groups.

Given that the UK is ranked 15th for poverty and social exclusion; 14th for housing quality; 9th for health of the population; 9th for access to education; and 5th for intergenerational fairness, the UK is ultimately ranked a distinctly average 11th overall for state effectiveness

‘Measuring state effectiveness: an ILC-UK index’ urges the UK to learn from the welfare strategies of higher ranked countries, such as focusing on social protection for families, higher participation of older women in the labour force, and investing in substantial health expenditure.

It warns that ‘silver welfare’, the strategy of focusing spending on social protection for old age is the only strategy consistently associated with bad outcomes.

Dr Cesira Urzì Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK said:

‘Given that the UK is currently the 5th largest economy in the world, we might expect it to rank higher than 15th in Europe for social protection spending, and expect it to allocate spending more evenly across the lifecycle.

As the UK’s population is ageing rapidly, future governments need a coherent strategy to deliver a welfare state which guarantees the best possible provision for the largest number of people across the UK.

This strategy cannot be based on what is politically expedient; instead, future governments must base these judgements on evidence. Looking at approaches to social security, health, housing and education across Europe to identify successful strategies is a good place to start, particularly in times of such uncertainty’.

Contact
Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) on 020 7340 0440, or 07531 164 886.

Notes

‘Measuring state effectiveness: an ILC-UK index’ is the accompanying technical report to 'Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state'.

Authors who have contributed to the book include:

Professor Nicholas Barr; Professor Elsa Fornero; Sir Anthony Seldon; Sir Michael Lyons; Professor Danny Blanchflower; Professor David Bell; Professor Danny Dorling; Professor Phil Hope; George Magnus; Professor Chris Husbands; Lord Richard Best; John Philpott; Ben Franklin; Dr. Cesira Urzi Brancati; Lord David Willetts; Norma Cohen; Steve Webb; Gregg McClymont; Dr Andy Tarrant; Sally-Marie Bamford; Kieran Brett; Caroline Green; Neal Hudson; Nusrat Ghani MP

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.


‘Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state’
argues that governments are ‘sowing the seeds of the welfare state’s demise’ by failing to reform a welfare system increasingly distorted towards propping up spending on older people, at the expense of the working age population.

The book, published by the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK), contains 20 essays outlining the challenges and reforms necessary on housing, health, education, the labour market, and pensions and welfare. Contributors include (amongst others):

  • Former Italian Labour Minster Professor Elsa Fornero
  • Former longest serving UK Pensions Minister Steve Webb
  • Former UK Minister for Science and Universities Lord Willetts
  • Sir Michael Lyons, author of the Lyons Housing Review
  • Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
  • Nusrat Ghani MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing

Based on new analysis, the ILC-UK argues that population ageing could make democracy and the welfare state incompatible:

  • An increasing share of public expenditure on older people at the expense of investing in younger generations will undermine the affordability of the welfare system and the wellbeing of the population as a whole.
  • But since the UK has a growing and powerful older voting block, the chances of aligning effective social policy reform with broad-based political support is likely to fall over time.
  • Unless we get to grips now, enforced and painful retrenchment may be needed at a later date to secure affordability.

The ILC-UK point to evidence from their new Welfare State Effectiveness Index which shows that countries with welfare systems geared towards higher spending on older people at the expense of younger generations have the lowest levels of wellbeing. They perform worst in terms of: poverty, access to education, housing quality and intergenerational fairness.

Worryingly, new analysis from chapter authors Professor David Bell and Professor David Blanchflower demonstrates that millennials may be less inclined, and less able to support the continued existence of the welfare state.

  • Using the ‘welfarism scale’, i.e. attitudes to welfare collected from the British Social Attitudes Survey, they found attitudes to the welfare state are markedly less sympathetic for under-35s.
  • Higher levels of youth unemployment, underemployment, temporary job holding and self-employment have weakened millennials’ ability to contribute to the welfare state.
  • The authors argue for a major reorientation of policy towards youth employment and skill enhancement to ensure millennials are able and inclined to support older generations.

The book concludes by arguing that we need a new Beveridge that takes into account demographic shifts in a way that is fair across generations. But in order to define what a new social contract could look like, we first need a wide-ranging, national debate incorporating the views of different groups. The book finishes by setting out the key principles for kick-starting such a process.

Andrew Rear, Chief Executive, Munich Re UK said:

‘At this pivotal moment in our history, the UK needs to think through what kind of society we want to be, and build positively towards that, instead of drifting on a sea of soundbites towards fracture and uncertainty’.

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing, ILC-UK said:

“Reform of the welfare state to ensure its future sustainability is not simply about pulling back the state. A reconfiguration of the state is what’s needed with retrenchment in some areas and expansion in others. Yet if governments make policy based purely to get re-elected, the welfare state could become so distorted that it might sow the seeds of its own demise.

To move forward, we, as a society, must better understand the long term consequences of ageing. It is quite possible that by having an open and honest national debate about the possible economic and social consequences, public opinions could be reshaped and political preferences challenged. This is not just relevant for the UK. The rest of the world is ageing too and at a significant rate. This is the future, it will shape us all profoundly, and we must adapt in order to make the most of it.” 

The book and new analysis by ILC-UK has been produced with the support of Munich Re.

Authors who have contributed to the book include:

Professor Nicholas Barr; Professor Elsa Fornero; Sir Anthony Seldon; Sir Michael Lyons; Professor Danny Blanchflower; Professor David Bell; Professor Danny Dorling; Professor Phil Hope; George Magnus; Professor Chris Husbands; Lord Richard Best; John Philpott; Ben Franklin; Dr. Cesira Urzi Brancati; Lord David Willetts; Norma Cohen; Steve Webb; Gregg McClymont; Dr Andy Tarrant; Sally-Marie Bamford; Kieran Brett; Caroline Green; Neal Hudson; Nusrat Ghani MP


Contact
Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) on 020 7340 0440, or 07531 164 886.

Notes to Editors

Individual essays may be appropriate for “op ed” opportunities.

'Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state'

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

 


The think piece, published as part of ILC-UK’s “future of the state” project, argues that building and sustaining enough housebuilding to meet our chronic undersupply requires action on all levels, not just focused on younger people.

Sir Michael Lyons and colleagues argue that whilst the Government’s focus on ‘first time buyers’ is understandable, “we might make faster progress in helping these younger generations if we devote as much of our energies to meeting the housing needs and aspirations of their parents and grandparents.”

In the think piece, the authors urges

  • More council commissioning of housing
  • A wider range of commissioners of new house building
  • A better rental offer for older people with secure tenancies
  • More shared ownership options for older people
  • Greater choice for older people in general needs housing

The authors argue that the lack of new housing supply has contributed to the rampant increase in house prices in recent decades . This in turn has resulted in housing wealth becoming the principal driver of inequality in the UK. The think piece points out that “providing a better choice of options for older people looking to downsize would unlock substantial equity that could be made available to invest in new homes whilst releasing existing family homes into the market”.

Launching the think piece, Sir Michael Lyons said:

“Finding ways in which local authorities can promote, support, finance and commission new homes will be critical to achieve the Government’s housebuilding targets and in ensuring greater commissioning of homes suitable for older people.

We need a better rental offer with secure tenancies and confidence of rent stability to encourage older home owners looking to release capital to provide an income in later years and to help fund housing for their children and grandchildren.

The increased opportunities for self build, of self commissioning that government is promoting could be an attractive option for those who have equity but feel there is a lack of choice to meet their aspirations or those for whom retirement settings do not appeal”. 

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing at ILC-UK added:

“Supporting our current and future housing needs must be a key pillar of a new social contract between the state and the individual. For more than a decade we have simply not been building sufficient homes to meet demand. This is having a detrimental impact on the livelihoods and wellbeing of people across all ages.

“Unfortunately this is not going to change any time soon unless we make some radical changes to the system. The UK’s population is growing and is ageing which will only exacerbate the current crisis. In this context, supporting the housing needs of older people can be one important component of a strategy to revitalise the nation’s housing.”

Notes to Editors

The think piece is an extended version of a chapter of 'Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state'. Please click here to download the book in full.

The book, and accompanying technical report (please click here to download the technical report) explores how the welfare state in the UK needs to adapt to cope with demographic change. Authors of essays in the book include:

Professor Nicholas Barr; Professor Elsa Fornero; Anthony Seldon; Sir Michael Lyons; Professor Danny Blanchflower; Professor David Bell; Professor Danny Dorling; Phil Hope; George Magnus; Professor Chris Husbands; Lord Richard Best; John Philpott; Ben Franklin; Dr. Cesira Urzi Brancati; Lord David Willetts; Norma Cohen; Steve Webb; Gregg McClymont;  Andy Tarrant; Sally-Marie Bamford; Kieran Brett; Caroline Green; Neal Hudson; Nusrat Ghani MP

The Think Piece ‘How a greater focus on ‘last time buyers’ and meeting the housing needs of older people can help solve the housing crisis” has been written for ILC-UK by Sir Michael Lyons, Caroline Green and Neal Hudson. Please click here to read the piece in full.

Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state was supported by Munich Re.

ILC-UK is delighted to announce that FirstPort has joined our Partners Programme. The partnership will see FirstPort support ILC-UK events and research over the next year.

FirstPort will join forces with the ILC-UK to deepen and contribute to understanding of the retirement sector. FirstPort currently has over 1,500 retirement properties under its management and will build on this experience through access to the ILC-UK’s world-leading research and expertise into the challenges and opportunities of housing in an ageing society. In early July FirstPort is supporting ILC-UK at the launch of a ‘fact-pack’ looking at the issue of accommodation for older people.

Commenting on the new partnership, Nigel Howell, FirstPort’s CEO said:

“As a world-respected authority on older populations and demographic change, I can think of no better partner than ILC-UK to help FirstPort explore the theme of housing in an ageing society. We look forward to gaining a fresh perspective and new insights from ILC-UK into longevity and ageing. 

FirstPort has a long history in the retirement property sector and this partnership will help us continue to deliver for residents, both in our retirement developments and more broadly. We have already adopted the Barclay’s Digtal Eagles programme to help residents navigate the online world. This new partnership will help us better understand the challenges and opportunities that our residents face and ensure we continue to provide relevant services of the highest standards now and into the future.”

Baroness Greengross, CEO of the International Longevity Centre, said:

“It’s great to add FirstPort’s support to our Partners Programme. We help our partners make sense of and plan for changing societal trends. Our work can aid understanding through the latest available research and data on ageing and longevity from in the UK, EU and the rest of the world.

We have an exciting programme of events and research planned and we look forward to working with FirstPort over the next year.”

Can the UK welfare state cope with ageing?

  • New analysis and book will explore whether the UK welfare state can cope with an ageing society
  • Chapter authors include Professor Nicholas Barr; Professor Elsa Fornero; Anthony Seldon; Sir Michael Lyons; Professor David Blanchflower; Professor David Bell; Professor Danny Dorling; Phil Hope; George Magnus; Professor Chris Husbands; Lord Richard Best; John Philpott;  Lord David Willetts;  Steve Webb; Gregg McClymont; Nusrat Ghani MP


On 1st July, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) will publish a new book (Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state) which will explore two of the biggest questions of our time:

  • How might population ageing impact on the UK welfare state?
  • What reforms to the welfare state might be necessary to ensure long run sustainability and maximise wellbeing?

The book explores how different aspects of our welfare state will need to reform in order to adapt to ageing. In particular, the book explores:

  • Reforming the pension system
  • The labour market and welfare reform
  • Reforming education
  • Health reform
  • Housing reform

Demographic change is deemed to pose a risk to the welfare state by reducing the number of workers relative to the number of non-workers thereby implying either increased tax burdens on the working population or a reduction in welfare spending per head.

But is such a future inevitable? And what needs to be done to ensure the survival of the welfare state in the context of our ageing population?

ILC-UK has invited a number of experts across different fields to assess the challenges posed by ageing for the UK welfare state as well as the possible solutions.

The book includes ILC-UK’s own analysis of how the UK welfare state ranks in terms of effectiveness when compared to other developed countries.

Authors who have contributed to the book include:

Professor Nicholas Barr; Professor Elsa Fornero; Anthony Seldon; Sir Michael Lyons; Professor Danny Blanchflower; Professor David Bell; Professor Danny Dorling; Phil Hope; George Magnus; Professor Chris Husbands; Lord Richard Best; John Philpott; Ben Franklin; Dr. Cesira Urzi Brancati; Lord David Willetts; Norma Cohen; Steve Webb; Gregg McClymont;  Andy Tarrant; Sally-Marie Bamford; Kieran Brett; Caroline Green; Neal Hudson; Nusrat Ghani MP

The book and new analysis by ILC-UK has been produced with the support of Munich Re.

Book Contents

Foreword, Baroness Sally Greengross

Biographies; Acknowledgements; Introduction

Part 1. Background and context

  • Towards a dystopian future? Population ageing, democracy and the welfare state - Ben Franklin
  • Distinctly average? The UK welfare state in context - Cesira Urzi Brancati
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Part 2. How population ageing is challenging the role of the state

  • Can we afford the welfare state? - Nicholas Barr
  • We need a new welfare model for the age of ageing - George Magnus
  • What the welfare state is for - David Willetts
  • Towards economic stagnation? How falling fertility is leading to sterile economies - Norma Cohen

Part 3. Developing coping mechanisms in the face
of population change



Reforming the pension system

  • Economic-financial literacy for sustainable welfare reforms - Elsa Fornero
  • What sorts of pensions and savings delivery models are likely to be viable and fair across generations? - Steve Webb
  • Avoiding lemons: The UK workplace pensions challenge - Gregg McClymont and Andy Tarrant

The labour market and welfare reform

  • The welfare state and the young - David Bell and David Blanchflower
  • Alternative routes to full employment in a flexible labour market: Should welfare reform be tough, progressive, or radical? - John Philpott

Reforming education

  • The individual and the social: making education matter for all of us - Chris Husbands
  • Education in the twenty-first century - Anthony Seldon

Health reform

  • Rethinking health care and taxing assets to fund social care - Phil Hope
  • A tale of two health systems - Sally-Marie Bamford and Kieran Brett

Housing reform

  • How a greater focus on ‘last time buyers’ and meeting the housing needs of older people can help solve the housing crisis - Michael Lyons, Caroline Green and Neal Hudson
  • Housing our ageing population: The role of the state - Richard Best
  • In defence of the welfare state and the role of active housing policy - Danny Dorling

Building a consensus on the way forward

  • Overcoming political short-termism: How can we deliver a new long term social contract in the context of population ageing? - Nusrat Ghani MP
  • Conclusion: Towards some principles for reform - Ben Franklin


 

20th June 2016

Press Release

New analysis shows that higher migration would boost the UK economy by £625 billion and that areas with higher employment for non-UK citizens also have higher employment rates for white UK-born citizens


A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that reducing migration could boost the economy by £625 billion (or 11.4% bigger) by 2064-65.

New analysis of Local Authority data also found that fears that migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA) are crowding some British citizens out of the labour market are unfounded, as on average those local authorities with higher levels of employment amongst non-UK born citizens also have higher employment rates for the white UK born population.

The report, ‘Immigration: Encourage or Deter?’ describes the challenges posed by the UK’s rapidly ageing population

  • Between 2000 and 2050 the number of over 65s is expected to double, while the working age population (20-64 years) will only increase by 20.1%
  • The number of over 85s is expected to more than quadruple between 2000-2050
  • Between 1950 and 2013, the number of working age people for every person over 65 has fallen from 5.5 to 3. This is expected to fall further to 2.2 by 2050 [1]

As the UK’s dependency ratio (the number of people of working age (20-64 years) for each person over 65) declines, tax revenues will fall and public debt as a proportion of GDP will rise. Increased demand for the State Pension and health and social care services from our rapidly ageing population also impact the sustainability of public debt.

The report also notes that while the UK Government has committed itself to raising the State Pension Age beyond 65, this will not stabilise the UK’s declining dependency ratio.

Instead, the report argues that migration could help mitigate the spending pressures a rapidly ageing population create. The report notes that:

  • Non-UK nationals living in the UK are more likely to be of working age than UK nationals. 76.5% of nationals from the EEA are between the ages of 15-64, while only 63.3% of British nationals are between the ages 15-64
  • EU citizens in the UK are more likely to be in employment than UK citizens. In 2015, the employment rate for EU citizens in the UK was 82%. For UK citizens in was 77%
  • Between 2001-2011, migrants from the EEA put in £22.1 billion more in taxes than they took from the state[2]..

New analysis from the ILC-UK shows that if the UK experiences a ‘high migration scenario’ [2] between 2016 – 2064-65, GDP will be 11.4% higher (the equivalent of £625 billion) than if the UK experiences a ‘low migration scenario’. By 2030, the economy could be £71bn bigger (2.9%) and by 2050, £324bn bigger (8.2%).

Migration is also likely to support the sustainability of government finances: under the ‘high migration scenario’ public debt as a proportion of GDP is expected to stand at 70% by 2064-65. Under a ‘low migration scenario’, public debt is set to rise to 104% of GDP.

In response to concerns that increased migration might crowd some UK citizens out of the labour market, the report features new analysis of local authority data which found that, on average, those Local Authorities with higher employment rates for the Non-UK born population also have higher employment rates for the white UK born population (see figures below – each dot represents a local authority).

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing at the ILC-UK said:

“Immigration is no silver bullet. The UK’s ageing population is a dramatic shift that will require a myriad of policies to help achieve desirable outcomes. However, we must recognise the benefits of immigration as a means of coping with the challenge. Migrants are typically of working age, in employment and make a net positive contribution to government finances by contributing more in tax than taking out in benefits”.

“Whether we remain in the EU or not, the UK will have to accept that migrants will play a large role in the future of the labour market, as it does in most other developed economies. As long as the UK has a strong and growing economy, more people will want to come to the UK than to leave it. Since migration helps to support growth and the sustainability of public finances as our society ages, we need not fear it.”


References

1. Historical population data and projections, 1950-2050, OECD http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DatasetCode=POP_FIVE_HIST

2. Dustmann and Frattini (2014) The fiscal effects of immigration to the UK, The Economic Journal3. As defined in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s 2015 Fiscal Sustainability Report, http://budgetresponsibility.org.uk/docs/dlm_uploads/49753_OBR-Fiscal-Report-Web-Accessible.pdf

Contact

Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) on 020 7340 0440, or 07531 164 886.

Notes

The OBR’s migration assumptions are consistent with the Office for National Statistics Population Projections. In the high migration scearnio net migration reaches 225,000 per annum, in the central scenario it reaches 165,000 per annum and in the low scenario it reaches 105,000.

‘Immigration: Encourage or Deter?’ has been published on the ILC-UK website at http://www.ilcuk.org.uk

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.
 

Press Release

High numeracy in old age correlated with higher savings, better care planning, and even with more sex!

Think tank argues urgent need to better understand “what works” in terms of improving financial outcomes for older people. ILC-UK question whether we have adequate evidence that financial education makes a difference in old age.


New analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) reveals

  • Only 1 in 4 English people aged 50+ can perform a simple compound interest calculation (1 in 3 men and 1 in 6 women)
  • Greater numeracy is associated with higher saving levels and better planning for care
  • Surprisingly and perplexingly, older people who have good numeracy, tend to have sex more often than those who don’t.

Presenting new evidence at the ILC-UK National Retirement Income Summit today, ILC-UK Research Fellow, Dr Cesira Urzi Brancati will argue that whilst there is strong evidence of a link between good numeracy and good financial outcomes, the evidence of what works in terms of improving financial literacy is limited. 

With greater responsibility for financial wellbeing in retirement being placed on individuals, Dr Urzi Brancati will argue that urgent action is needed to better understand how financial capability links to good outcomes. Dr Urzi Brancati will add that the financial wellbeing of older people is being potentially undermined by poor numeracy.

ILC-UK analysis of ELSA questions highlight the challenge of poor numeracy in old age

If the chance of getting a disease is 10 percent, how many people out of 1,000 (one thousand) would be expected to get the disease? 1 in 10 older men and 1 in 5 women got this wrong

A second hand car dealer is selling a car for £6,000. This is two-thirds of what it cost new. How much did the car cost new? 68% of older men and about half the women got this right

If 5 people all have the winning numbers in the lottery and the prize is £2 million, how much will each of them get? 69% of older men and only 45% of women got this right


ILC-UK analysis reveals that average household savings increase with numeracy, as does the extent to which an individual had planned for long term care. Other literature finds that greater numeracy is correlated with better outcomes on many financial domains including financial management; shopping around; planning for retirement; investment; debt.

 


 




But during the presentation, Dr Urzi Brancati will point out that the correlation may not be causal and that we need to much better understand the relationship between numeracy and good outcomes. Dr Urzi Brancati highlights this by pointing out that there is even seemingly a correlation between good numeracy and whether an an older person has had sex in the last year.



Speaking at the Retirement Income Summit, Dr Cesira Urzi Brancati said

“Increasingly, responsibility for our financial wellbeing in retirement is being placed on individuals rather than the state. Yet we believe that potentially many millions of people are ill--equipped to make the best financial decisions.

It is clear that good numeracy appears to be correlated with good financial outcomes. But in fact, the impact of measured financial capability on financial behaviours is ambiguous. Perhaps some people save more and can give more correct answers simply because they are smarter. And perhaps people have saved more or invested better and therefore have learnt the working of compound interest, rather than the opposite.

Even if we were absolutely convinced that you can “teach” financial capability, it isn’t clear we have adequate evidence as to what actually works for older people.

We very much welcome the recently announced investment by the Money Advice Service to help us better understand more about how to improve financial capability.''

Dr Cesira Urzi Brancati was speaking at the ILC-UK National Retirement Income Summit, attended by 160 industry and consumer experts in London today. 

The ILC-UK’s Second Retirement Income Summit was announced 10 years on from the Pensions Commission. The Pensions Commission painted a future where individuals would need to do a combination of working longer, saving more, or paying more tax. The Commission argued that a failure to act would lead to poorer pensioners.

In April this year, ILC-UK argued that whilst progress has been made since 2006, there is much to do. The analysis (http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/news/news_posts/press_release_think_tank_urges_government_to_introduce_a_new_cross_party_pe) revealed that:

  • The average age of exit from the labour force is increasing but it is still below what it was in the 1960s and 1970s
  • In fact, the average time spent in retirement continues to increase
  • Auto-enrolment has delivered a growing number of employees with workplace pensions
  • But median contribution rates are low and a growing proportion of us have no savings. Final Salary pension coverage continues to fall
  • Younger people are less well placed than previous generations to save and may attract lower long term returns on their savings
  • Effective tax rates have been falling but have increased more recently
  • Spending on pensioner benefits are slightly above the long run average as a percentage of GDP

ILC-UK’s Retirement Income Summit is being hosted by the Chartered Insurance Institute on 10th June 2016. Other speakers at the event include: Ben Franklin (ILC-UK); Baroness Jeanie Drake; Steve Webb (Royal London); Gregg McClymont (Aberdeen Asset Management); Professor David Blake (Cass); Chip Castille (Blackrock); and Michelle Cracknell (TPAS).

Ends

Notes

ILC-UK analysis, has been drawn from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), a survey of people aged 50+ living in private households in England. Beginning with interviews in 2002 on a nationally-representative sample derived from the Health Survey of England, ELSA has since gathered an extensive range of health and socioeconomic information from respondents every two years.

The data were made available through the UK Data Archive. ELSA was developed by a team of researchers based at the NatCen Social Research, University College London and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The data were collected by NatCen Social Research. The funding is provided by the National Institute of Aging in the United States, and a consortium of UK government departments co-ordinated by the Office for National Statistics. The developers and funders of ELSA and the Archive do not bear any responsibility for the analyses or interpretations presented here.

Contact
David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk 07543646992) or David Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk on 07531164886)

Since our April update, we have published two new reports; hosted three oral evidence sessions for the Drink Wise, Age Well Inquiry; hosted roundtable discussions in London and Brussels on lessons for Europe's growth strategy from East Asia and the rest of the world; and announced three new keynote speakers for our 2016 Future of Ageing conference.

On Monday, 18th April, we also hosted a roundtable discussion with the Pensions Minister, Baroness Altmann, and members of the ILC-UK Partners Programme to discuss the reality of retirement journeys and innovations in the retirement income market.


Call for written evidence: the relationship between alcohol-related harm and employment in the over 50s

The Drink Wise Age Well partnership of leading national alcohol and ageing charities have launched an Inquiry, led by the ILC-UK into alcohol-related harm amongst the over 50s.

Each year we will hold an Inquiry on a key theme pertaining to alcohol and the over 50s and for 2016, we aim to explore and consider employment.

The 2016 Inquiry is focusing on three key areas: alcohol and over 50s seeking employment; alcohol and over 50s currently in employment; and alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement.

We are inviting submissions of written evidence for one, two or all of the three key areas; the deadline for submissions is Friday, 1st July 2016.

For more information on how to submit written evidence to the Inquiry, please click here.


ILC-UK report sparks debate on adult lifespan inequalities

'An Investigation into Inequalities in adult lifespan', a new report from the ILC-UK and Cass Business School, received wide media coverage when it was published on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Co-author Professor Les Mayhew was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's flagship The Today Programme, and the report was covered by BBC News, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Mirror, attracting hundreds of comments and just under two million Twitter impressions.


ILC-UK Publications


Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring Parity of Care

This report demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year.

An Investigation into Inequalities in adult lifespan

Despite huge increases in life expectancy, the gap between rich and poor is increasing for the first time since the 1870s, according to this new report from Cass Business School, City University London and the ILC-UK.


ILC-UK Events

Second National Retirement Income Summit
Friday 10th June 2016; 09:15 - 16:30 (followed by a short drinks reception)

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

With the end of compulsory annuitisation, navigating the retirement income maze will require great information, advice and financial capability. With these challenges in mind, the Retirement Income Summit will convene expert speakers and host panel debates on how best to negotiate the future of retirement income.

For more information, including a full agenda, please click here.

The Summit is now fully booked. To join the waiting list, please click here.


The Future of the UK Welfare State

Thursday, 30th June 2016; House of Lords

We are delighted to be holding the launch of a provocative new exploration of public service provision, the welfare state and democratic governance in the 21st century.

'The Future of the UK Welfare State', our new landmark publication, supported by Munich Re, will be launched at the event. To mark the launch we are inviting parliamentarians, policy makers, academics and members of the press to the House of Lords to hear some of our contributors provide a brief outline of their essays.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.


Innovate to Alleviate: Exploring How the Role of an Enhanced Care Worker Could Address Skills Shortages in the Social Care Sector

Monday, 4th July; House of Lords

'Innovate to Alleviate: Exploring How the Role of an Enhanced Care Worker Could Address Skills Shortages in the Social Care Sector' constitutes the first qualitative investigation of an emerging role within the adult social care sector: the 'Enhanced Care Worker', where care workers are trained to undertake clinical tasks traditionally done by nurses.

We are inviting parliamentarians, industry leaders, academics and care worker representatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities this new role presents.

For more information, please click here.

This is an invitation only event.


The Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference

Wednesday, 9th November 2016; Central Hall Westminster, Storey's
Gate, London, SW1H 9NH


We are pleased to announce that since our April update two new keynote speakers have been confirmed for the Future of Ageing 2016.

  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review; - Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP, and
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority will be joining:
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • George Magnus, Economist and Author of The Age of Aging (2008), and
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health

We are also delighted that McCarthy & Stone and Action on Hearing Loss will be sponsoring the conference.

Register for the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference Here

We have a number of promotional opportunities for organisations wishing to be involved in the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference. For full details, please click here.

We are also happy to work with organisations on bespoke packages. If you would like to discuss sponsorship and the various packages in more detail, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk.


ILC-UK Blogs

Since our April update, we have published a summary of our press highlights from April and May, 'ILC-UK in the news - April and May 2016', including links to stories featuring ILC-UK research.

We have published two blogs by researchers at WISERD (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods) on the upcoming EU Referendum: 'The Young, the Old and the Referendum', and 'Are Older Voters Swinging Behind Remain?'.

Guest contributors have also included Rebecca Deegan, Policy Analyst at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), writing on public attitudes to the pension freedoms one year on from the reforms; Douglas Anderson, Founder of Club Vita on why people underestimate their longevity; and Rachael Docking, Senior Evidence Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better on managing major life changes.

We also regularly publish our Friday Five: five key facts about issues related to ageing.

To read these and all our blogs, please click here.

FirstPort, EY, the Centre for Ageing Better and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing join the ILC-UK Partners Programme

We are delighted to announce that FirstPort, EY, the Centre for Ageing Better and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing have joined the ILC-UK Partners Programme.


PARTNERS PROGRAMME

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Equiniti, EY, FirstPort, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.


Working with ILC-UK

RESEARCH AND EVENTS

Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

PRESS

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Research from Cass Business School and the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) has found growing inequalities in adult life expectancy.

Based on data from the Human Mortality Database, Professor of Statistics Les Mayhew and Dr David Smith measured the differences in age between the earliest 10% of adult deaths and the top 5% of survivors.

They found that while people in the UK are living longer than ever, the gap between the longest and shortest lifespans appears to be increasing. In particular, the life expectancy of those in the lowest and the highest socio-economic groups is diverging for the first time since the 1870s.

The full report, An investigation into inequalities in adult lifespan, is published today.

It finds:

  • In England and Wales, 5% of men that have attained the age of 30 are living on average to 96.0 years, 33.3 years longer than the lowest 10%.
  • This gap grew by 1.7 years between 1993, when it was at its narrowest, and 2009.
  • It is the first time since the 1870s that the gap in life expectancy is widening
  • Unhealthy lifestyles are the main causes of this widening gap.
  • For women, the longest surviving are reaching 98.2 years-old, 31 years longer than the lowest. The female gap reached its narrowest in 2005, but has since levelled out
  • Men in lower socio-economic groups are most likely to make damaging lifestyle choices.

Report author Professor Mayhew said:

“We looked at data from the 1870s onwards comparing England and Wales with France and Italy. It was clear that the first half of the 20th Century was characterised by a narrowing of the gap in life span as everyone benefited from improvements in clean drinking water, better housing, higher incomes and better health. Despite general rises in life expectancy after 1950, the life expectancy gap between men and women widened whilst inequalities in lifespan persisted rather than narrowing further.

“We found that since the 1990s lifespan inequalities in men have actually worsened in England and Wales. This is partly due to some men now living to exceptionally old ages and in many cases equalling women but at the other end of the distribution there has been a lack of progress.  The research blames the widening disparity on poor life style choices rather than ambient risks which were prevalent in the first half of the 20th Century. Key amongst these is smoking, drinking and poor diet – choices that are more likely to be made by the poorest in society.

A previous UK Government set a target in 2003 that by 2010 inequalities in health outcomes should be reduced by 10% as measured by life expectancy at birth. Not only was the target missed but in fact the opposite has happened. The research concludes the answer is not so much about redistributing healthcare expenditure but more about changing lifestyle habits. The research argues that more powerful policy tools aimed at behavioural change are needed to steer people towards healthier lifestyles."

Baroness Sally Greengross, ILC-UK Chief Executive added:

“This very timely report highlights how, despite huge increases in life expectancy, the gap between rich and poor is increasing for the first time since the 1870s. This trend is particularly worrying for society and policymakers must do more to begin to narrow this gap again. Preventing inequalities in ill health and disability must be a priority for policy action”.

Additional findings including comparisons to France and Italy:

- Male life expectancy in England and Wales at age 30 is currently higher than in either France or Italy, although the margin of difference post 1950 is usually about one year or less. Female life expectancy in France and Italy is currently higher than in England and Wales and has improved by greater amounts since 1950.

- In absolute terms the male age inequality gap is currently higher in France than in England or Wales which in turn is higher than in Italy. Currently it is 37.0 years in France as compared with 33.3 years in England and Wales and only 31.7 years in Italy. The fact that male age inequalities in Italy continued to narrow in period B by more than in period A is especially worthy of note.

- In absolute terms, the female age inequality gap is currently lowest in Italy, standing at 28.2 years as compared with 30.6 years in France and 31.0 years in England and Wales. The level of improvement in Italy and France since 1950 has been notably higher than in England and Wales. In Italy, for example, the gap closed by 5.8 years but in England and Wales by only 3.1 years.

- If gender differences in age related inequalities are compared, we find that the gap is currently bigger in France than in either Italy or England and Wales and that it also continues to widen. In England and Wales the gender gap in age inequalities has been the lowest of all three countries and remarkably similar throughout periods A and B. However, this similarity ceased after 1990 when the male gap started to re-widen.

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year.

The report, ‘Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring parity of care’, which was kindly supported by Pfizer, shows that people with dementia are less likely to have cases of depression, diabetes or urinary tract infections diagnosed, and those that do are less likely to receive the same help to manage and treat these comorbidities.

This lack of parity can lead to people’s dementia worsening more quickly leading to greater health and social care costs. ILC-UK demonstrate an annual total net loss of up to approximately £994.4 million for just three conditions:

  • £501.7 million for people with dementia and depression
  • £377 million for people with dementia and diabetes
  • £115.7 million for people with dementia and urinary tract infections

The report also finds that the failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat comorbidities in people with dementia is leading to this group having a reduced quality of life and an earlier death than people who have the same medical conditions, but do not have dementia. It highlights how:

  • Hospital in-patients with dementia are over three times more likely to die during their first admission to hospital for an acute medical condition than those without dementia.
  • Four of the five most common comorbidities people with dementia are admitted to hospital for in the UK are preventable conditions - a fall, broken/fractured hip or hip replacement, urine infection and chest infection.

The ILC-UK identifies six key areas which appear to be leading to the discrepancy in health outcomes for people with dementia and comorbidities:

1. Atypical symptoms. People with dementia often present atypical symptoms which may lead to carers and medical professionals interpreting these problems as worsening dementia and neglecting other conditions as a potential cause.
2. Communication difficulties between medical professionals/carers and people with dementia, and between medical professional themselves, leading to lower standards of care.
3. A failure by the health system to recognise the individual as a whole, instead focussing on the person as a patient with a given diagnosis, leading to the optimisation of care for dementia while the individual continues to deteriorate because of poor management of a comorbid condition or vice versa.
4. A knowledge gap of hospital staff and carers in caring for people with dementia and comorbidities.
5. Poor medication management relating to how people with dementia’s medications are prescribed, monitored, administered and/or dispensed.
6. A lack of support to aid self-management and poor monitoring of comorbidities by health professionals.

The ILC-UK have set out seven recommendations which will help to ensure that parity occurs:

1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) must update its condition specific guidelines to take into account the needs of a people with dementia in order to ensure this group receive the same level of care as the rest of the population.
2. Care homes should modify the care plans of residents with dementia to include checklists covering the symptoms of common comorbidities (such as UTIs) to help ensure early diagnosis and treatment.
3. Health professionals must involve people with dementia, their carers and families in every decision about their care to improve both the diagnosis and management of comorbidities.
4. Health Education England should consider broadening its tier one dementia awareness training to include how dementia may affect care for both short and long term conditions.
5. Health trusts should develop comprehensive catheter action plans, based around staff education and training, to reduce the incidence of UTIs in people with dementia through unnecessary catheter usage.
6. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) should consider making it mandatory for care homes to undertake annual check-ups for residents with dementia and diabetes where their blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels and vision are monitored.
7. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) should commission a wide range of psychological therapies at a suitable capacity to ensure that GPs are not reliant on drugs to treat depression in dementia patients. 

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of the ILC-UK said:

It is an absolute scandal that Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers are too often failing to see people living with dementia as more than simply this disease. As such our health system is too often failing to prevent, diagnose, and treat comorbidities among people with dementia. This failure has a devastating impact on quality of life, and results in earlier deaths. A failure to prevent adds avoidable financial pressures to our cash strapped health service.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:

The reality for many people with dementia is that they have to contend with other long-term conditions, all of which greatly impact their quality of life. As this report highlights, to view dementia in isolation not only makes poor economic sense, but can cause unnecessary suffering. While initiatives to integrate health and social care services are a step in the right direction, it is clear government plans need to go much further to truly meet the needs of people with dementia and other health conditions.

Alzheimer’s Society is working with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia to better understand the experiences of people living with dementia and other conditions. Our report is due later this month.

Roz Schneider, MD Global Patient Affairs Lead at Pfizer said:

This report clearly highlights disparities in care and health outcomes that are associated with people living with dementia who also have comorbid illnesses. Patients and their caregivers, as well as others in their support community, can provide subtle yet critical insights about medical changes that affect these patient’s lives. Such a collaborative approach could lessen or avoid the progression of some comorbid conditions. That is why this expanded care community stand ready to partner with healthcare teams in order to advance these important healthcare conversations and care decisions.

Contact
Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) on 020 7340 0440, or 07531 164 886.

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The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

The ILC-UK is an independent, research led, think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and demographic change. Based in the heart of Westminster, much of our work is directed at the highest levels of government in London, Europe and internationally.

Our policy and research remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We are recruiting a part-time Finance Manager who will provide maternity cover to support our growing research and events team.

We are looking for an experienced, flexible and proactive candidate to support the Senior Management Team in managing the financials of the organisation. The post will be responsible for maintaining the current financial position of ILC-UK and ensuring we meet all financial regulatory requirements.

You must have excellent communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail and be qualified or part-qualified in accountancy as well as have experience of using Sage Line 50. You should have a good understanding and interest in the work that the ILC-UK undertakes and this should be reflected in your covering letter (www.ilcuk.org.uk).

You must also have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). We are looking for someone who has a conscientious attitude, who is comfortable working in a small team.

Person Specification

  1. Essential: Minimum of AAT accounting qualification or studying towards a professional qualification, e.g., ACCA, CIMA or similar.
  2. Essential: Working experience of Sage Line 50, undertaking VAT returns and reporting to Companies House and the Charity Commission.
  3. Essential: Some knowledge of not for profit organisations and small companies’ statutory reporting requirements.
  4. Essential: Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines in a small team.
  5. Essential: Strong written and oral communication skills.
  6. Essential: IT literate including Microsoft Office.
  7. Essential: Experience dealing with confidential matters.
  8. Essential: Able to demonstrate the links between finance information and relevant business needs/uses.
  9. Desirable: Experience or interest in the field of longevity, demographics or ageing issues.
  10. Desirable: At least 2 year’s hands-on all round experience, dealing with all aspects of financial management in a small charity setting, including budget management.

Send a (maximum) two page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Operations Director at info@ilcuk.org.uk ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field. Please also confirm where you originally saw this advert.

Hours
2 days a week, 14 hours (flexibility on days/ hours per day)

Application deadline
Midnight, Sunday 1 May 2016

Duration of contract
12- 15 months (including handover period)

Interview date
Friday 20 May 2016

Salary
Up to £35,000 per annum, pro rata.

Start date
June 2016

Place of Work
Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please click on the below link to review the Job Description for this position.

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Welcome to the April edition of the ILC-UK update

Since our February updated, we have published two new reports, opened registration for the second annual Future of Ageing Conference, given oral evidence to a parliamentary Inquiry and participated in a live TV debate on the State Pension age.

On Thursday 17th March Ben Franklin, ILC-UK's Head of Economics of Ageing presented our response to the 2016 Budget in the House of Lords. The slides presented at the event, supported by our Partners Programme are now available to download here.

ILC-UK establish high level alcohol Inquiry and call for written evidence

The Drink Wise Age Well partnership of leading national alcohol and ageing charities have launched an Inquiry, led by the ILC-UK into alcohol-related harm amongst the over 50s.

Each year we will hold an Inquiry on a key theme pertaining to alcohol and the over 50s and for 2016, we aim to explore and consider employment.

The 2016 Inquiry will focus on three key areas: alcohol and over 50s seeking employment; alcohol and over 50s currently in employment; and alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement.

We are inviting submissions of written evidence for one, two or all of the three key areas.

For more information on how to submit written evidence to the Inquiry, please click here.

The Inquiry will also be holding three oral evidence sessions. For more information about the oral evidence sessions and to register to attend as an audience member, please click here.

ILC-UK give evidence to the Work and Pension Committee's Intergenerational Fairness Inquiry



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Ben Franklin give evidence to the Intergenerational Fairness Inquiry

As part of the Work and Pensions Select Committee's Inquiry into Intergenerational Fairness, ILC-UK's Head of Economics of Ageing, Ben Franklin, gave oral evidence to the committee on Wednesday 16th March.

To view the transcript of the oral evidence session, please click here.

ILC-UK Publications

Tomorrow's World: The Future of Ageing in the UK

What might the future of ageing look like? Will we live longer, healthier and wealthier lives, or will there be too little for too many? Using data featured in the expert testimony delivered at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, this report describes the future challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing population.

The Future of Private Pension Saving

The Future of Private Pension Saving, kindly supported by Age UK, brought together Parliamentarians, business, academics and industry experts to discuss how best the UK Government can incentivise private pension saving.

ILC-UK Events

Drink Wise, Age Well Inquiry - Alcohol and Employment in the Over 50s Population
Monday, 18th April; Friday, 6th May; Monday, 23rd May 2016

ILC-UK, supported by the Drink Wise, Age Well partnership of alcohol and ageing charities and academic institutions from across the UK will lead a high level Inquiry into the relationship between alcohol and employment in the over 50s population in the UK. The Inquiry aims to reach out and engage with a wide cross section of stakeholders and generate wider political public awareness, understanding and traction on this issue.

The Inquiry will be held over three dates with each session focussing on a different theme. For more information, and to register to attend any of the sessions, please click here.

Roundtable Discussion: Means Testing of Adult Social Care in England
Tuesday, 26th April

Professor Les Mayhew of Cass Business School has drafted a new paper on the topic of means testing of adult social care. ILC-UK will be launching the paper with Professor Mayhew later in the year, but ahead of the launch, we will be holding a roundtable discussion to allow contributors to provide expert input on the draft paper as well as comment on the recommendations.

This is an invitation only roundtable discussion, but if you are interested in more information please contact events@ilcuk.org.uk.

Unequal Ageing: The Future of State Pension Age and Inequalities in Life Expectancy
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

ILC-UK and Cass Business School host a private debate and reception, supported by the ILC-UK Partners Programme and hosted by Prudential.

During the debate, Cass Business School's Professor Les Mayhew will present new research revealing that the life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest has begun to increase. Following the presentation, respondents from the ILC-UK, industry and the voluntary sector will explore how public policy should best respond to the growing inequality.

Spaces for this event are very limited. To register to attend, please click here.

Second National Retirement Income Summit
Friday, 10th June 2016

ILC-UK's Second National Retirement Income Summit will take place on Friday, 10th June 2016, and is hosted by the Chartered Insurance Institute. For more information about the Summit, including details on the current policy landscape, the agenda and confirmed speakers, please follow the link below.

The Summit is now fully booked. To join the waiting list, please click here.

The Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference
Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The annual Future of Ageing conference assembles experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.

Confirmed speakers for the 2016 Future of Ageing conference include The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Cantebury 1991-2002; Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing; George Magnus, Economist and Author of The Age of Aging (2008), and; Dr Maragaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health.

For more information about the 2016 Future of Ageing conference, including details on our early bird rates, please click here.

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our February update, we have published a summary of our press highlights from the first quarter of 2016, 'ILC-UK in the news - January, February and March' including links to stories featuring ILC-UK research.

In February we published a three part special Valentine's Day series on sex and love in later life: 'Sexual desire and sexual activities in later life', 'Finding Love in later life', and 'Rethinking relationships in later life', which all provide new insights based on analysis of data from the English Longitudinal Survey.

We also published two expert guest blogs: 'Just lie to yourself: the (real) secret to longer life' by Dr Austen Hayes, Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and a piece by Jennifer Noel of Compassion in Dying on their new website designed to allow people to draft a free Advance decision.

On the 4th April, the 10th anniversary of the final report of the Pension Commission, ILC-UK published new analysis in 'Pension Commission:10 years on', and called for the Government to introduce a new cross party Pension Commission.

To visit the ILC-UK blog, please click here.
 

Working with ILC-UK

PARTNERS PROGRAMME

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti Paymaster, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

RESEARCH AND EVENTS
Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

PRESS
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The Drink Wise Age Well partnership of leading national alcohol and ageing charities have launched an Inquiry, led by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) into alcohol-related harm amongst the over 50s.

Each year we will hold an Inquiry on a key theme pertaining to alcohol and the over 50s and for 2016, we aim to explore and consider employment. We have selected this theme for 2016 based on some of the early findings from the Drink Wise Age Well survey; of those surveyed whose alcohol use has increased, 40% cite retirement and 20% loss of purpose for their increased consumption.

The 2016 Inquiry will focus on three key areas: alcohol and over 50s seeking employment; the second will examine alcohol and over 50s currently in employment; and the third will focus on alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement. We are inviting submissions of written evidence for one, two or all of the three key areas.

Guidelines on making a submission

  • If you would like to make a submission of written evidence to the Inquiry, please state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation.
  • Please be concise – we recommend no more than 1500 words in length.
  • Include a brief introduction about yourself/your organisation and your reason for submitting evidence.
  • Include any factual information you have to offer from which the Inquiry might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other witnesses for their reactions.
  • Include any recommendations for action by the Government or others which you would like the Inquiry to consider.

Submissions of written evidence might consider:

1. To what extent does alcohol use either indirectly or directly impact employment prospects, job seeking activities and work performance in the over 50s? With around 1 million people aged 50-64 across the UK not currently in work but wanting to work, to what extent might alcohol-related harm be a cause, and/or symptom of prolonged unemployment? For those in work, what are the workplace consequences of alcohol-related harm?

2. What sort of interventions are required to encourage and support over 50s either seeking work, in work or in retirement with issues around alcohol? Evidence relating to successful interventions may focus on the role of service providers, the perspective of a service user, or a combination of these perspectives.

The final report is intended for a policy and public audience, so written submissions should be accessible but at the same time, informative, thought provoking and ideally challenging while offering solutions/recommendations. The written submissions will form a key part of the evidence base for the next annual State of the Nation report; our last State of the Nation report received wide media exposure and was covered by the BBC1 Breakfast Show, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph amongst other publications, and all submission will be acknowledged where referenced. To submit written evidence please email events@ilcuk.org.uk. Please note there is a final deadline of any submissions of Friday, 1st July 2016.

We are also holding three high level oral evidence sessions in the House of Lords:
• Monday 18th April – alcohol and over 50s seeking employment;
• Friday 6th May – alcohol and over 50s currently in employment;
• Monday 23rd May – alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement.

If you would like to attend any or all of these evidence sessions as an audience member please visit the ILC-UK website for further details:
http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/drink_wise_age_well_alcohol_inquiry

This is an independent Inquiry, with the ILC-UK providing the governance and secretariat while the Chair will drive the agenda and findings. Baroness Sally Greengross will chair the Inquiries evidence sessions, which are kindly supported by the Big Lottery Fund.


Please note:
Authors are requested to provide a very short biography of themselves/organisations of no more than four lines to sit alongside their submission. Due to time constraints, we will only be making minor amendments/proofing so all submissions need to be of a publishable standard, ILC-UK reserves the right not to publish if material is deemed inappropriate. All authors and their organisation will be credited in the final report and any associated publicity and promotional material linked to the response.

ILC-UK analysis highlights progress made over past decade but find that

  • median contribution rates are falling and a growing proportion of us have no savings
  • the average time spent in retirement continues to increase

Ten years to the day after the final report of the Pension Commission, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) have announced its second National Retirement Income Summit.

The Pensions Commission painted a future where individuals would need to do a combination of working longer, saving more, or paying more tax. The Commission argued that a failure to act would lead to poorer pensioners.

ILC-UK analysis, published today, highlights positive progress in extending working lives, preventing pensioner poverty and getting more people into saving. But the think tank warns of complacency and paints a bleak picture for future pensioners.

ILC-UK analysis, published on its website finds that since the Pensions Commission

  • The average age of exit from the labour force is increasing but it is still below what it was in the 1960s and 1970s
  • In fact, the average time spent in retirement continues to increase
  • Auto-enrolment has delivered a growing number of employees with workplace pensions
  • But median contribution rates are low and a growing proportion of us have no savings. Final Salary pension coverage continues to fall
  • Younger people are less well placed than previous generations to save and may attract lower long term returns on their savings
  • Effective tax rates have been falling but have increased more recently
  • Spending on pensioner benefits slightly above the long run average as a percentage of GDP.

ILC-UK’s second Retirement Income Summit will be hosted by the Chartered Insurance Institute on 10th June 2015. Registration is open now. Confirmed speakers at the event include: Baroness Jeanie Drake; Steve Webb (Royal London); Gregg McClymont (Aberdeen Asset Management); Professor David Blake (Cass); Chip Castille (Blackrock); and Michelle Cracknell (TPAS).

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

ILC-UK Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross saidThe Pensions Commission can claim credit for successful public policy change. Auto-enrolment has enrolled many more people into the long term saving habit.

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. Ongoing demographic change, low in work earnings growth, 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.

With the onset of pension freedoms, 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 result in under-consumption as people worry about making their money last.  Navigating the retirement income maze will require better information, advice and financial capability.

The Chartered Insurance Institute agrees that such a Pensions Commission would be the better approach given the complexities of the wider personal pensions taxation. David Thomson, Director of Policy & Public Affairs saidNow that the Budget has been published and Lifetime ISAs unveiled to improve savings among younger adults, these announcements afford the Government extra time to revisit the idea of a Pensions Commission to explore the more complex question of wider pensions tax relief.”

“We said over a year ago that the Government may be tempted by short-term political and fiscal expediency of widening the Taxed-Exempt-Exempt ISA model to private pensions more generally. However such a move has longer-term economic, demographic and intergenerational implications that are exercising most, if not all, western industrial societies. Any major reform needs to have broad-based support both among policymakers and across society and a Pensions Commission might prove to be an elegant solution to achieve this.

Contact

Dave Eaton or David Sinclair, ILC-UK 02073400440

The ILC-UK Retirement Income Summit will take place on Friday 10th June 2016; 09:15 - 16:30 (followed by a short drinks reception). The Chartered Insurance Institute, 20 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY. Spaces for the retirement income summit can be booked at: http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/second_national_retirement_income_summit

Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Assistant, ILC-UK said:

‘The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) welcomes the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s inquiry into support for the bereaved. After decades of the numbers of deaths in the UK falling, 2015 marked a ‘tipping point’ where the historic trend started to reverse: as the oldest of the babyboomer generation move through their later years, deaths are expected to rise by 20% .

As our 2015 report ‘The Funeral Time Bomb’ commissioned by mutual OneFamily found that funeral debt (where money has been borrowed to cover the cost of a funeral) in the UK could reach a quarter of a billion pounds in less than 20 years, we welcome the Committee’s call to raise the maximum Social Fund Funeral Payment to the price of a ‘simple funeral’.

However, our report also found that the price of a simple funeral could rise to £5226 by 2020. As more than half of UK households have less than £3000 in savings , we would urge the Department for Work and Pensions to consider carefully how it can support people during such extremely difficult periods’.


Contact
Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) on 07531 164 886.

Responding to the latest Aviva Working Lives report, David Sinclair, Director, International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), said:

Ten years on from final Pension Commission report, we see more people saving due to the success of auto-enrolment. Now is the time to build on this success.

Almost half of those working later than they hoped, are doing so because they haven’t saved enough. Whilst we have more people saving, the levels are woefully inadequate, particularly given we are living longer. Investment returns remain relatively low so even those who are saving aren’t getting the return they hoped for.

With the Cridland review exploring further increases to state pension age, future pensioners should be prepared to need to work longer. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As the research points out, for many older people, working longer provides a “feelgood factor”.

Government and employers must find ways of ensuring that older people aren’t forced out of the workforce prematurely. The benefit of extending working lives goes beyond the benefit to individuals. UK plc faces a significant economic hit if we don’t better adapt workplaces to cope with demographic change.

On 10th June, ILC-UK are organising their second Retirement Income Summit.

A new report by Professor Les Mayhew and Dr David Smith from Cass Business School's Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance and Duncan O' Leary, Research Director at Demos draws on research published by the International Longevity Centre - UK into the concept of the 'Equity Bank'.

'Paying for Care Costs in Later Life Using the Value in People's Homes', published in The Geneva Papers examines two new financial arrangements designed to meet the needs of people whom require social care in different financial circumstances. The first option considered is an equity-backed insurance product, and the second an 'Equity Bank' (the idea of using the home as a low-cost method to boost income).

The concept was originally explored in 'The UK Equity Bank - Towards Income Security in Old Age' published by the International Longevity Centre - UK. The UK Equity Bank would allow people to exchange a fixed proportion of the equity in their home for a lifetime income linked to inflation. The report found that providing people with a secure income by unlocking the equity in housing assets could improve standards of living for the benefit of the people themselves, the local community and society as a whole.

To read 'Paying for Care Costs in Later Life Using the Value in People's Homes' in full, please follow the link below.

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For Immediate Release

3 March 2015

Press Release

Charities and industry experts warn against a move to a “pension ISA” system for saving

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) supported by Age UK, calls on the Government to avoid damaging confidence in our pensions system at the forthcoming Budget, and to act to foster a ‘savings culture’.

‘The Future of Private Pension Saving’ warns the Government against reforming the pensions system in a way which would disincentivise saving, in particular, arguing that switching to a 'Pension ISA' system where tax is paid upfront and income in retirement is received tax-free (known as a TEE or taxed-exempt-exempt system), would be highly damaging to saving.

The report highlights research that has shown that under a TEE system, employers would expect their staff to save less and would place a lower value on employer contributions. There is a very real risk that a TEE system would ‘kill’ pension saving, as people would not find the promise of tax exempt withdrawals forty year later to be credible.

Instead, the report concludes, the Chancellor should use this opportunity to encourage pension saving by reforming tax relief to make it fairer to lower earners, and explain the roles of both Government and employers in helping people to save. 

The report, ‘The Future of Private Pension Saving’, makes a series of recommendations based on a discussion held between industry experts, consumer and business representatives on Monday 25th January in the House of Lords.

David Sinclair, Director at the International Longevity Centre - UK said:

“Despite the success of auto enrolment, too many younger people are saving far too little to give them a decent income in retirement. The Chancellor must ensure that future generations have access to the best incentives to support saving.

We need long term savings policy, not one where the goal posts move from Budget to Budget. But developing a long term savings strategy to avoid future pensioner poverty will go far beyond tax incentives. Government needs to work with employers and savers to create this savings strategy. We must plan now for the long term.”

Caroline Abrahams Charity Director at Age UK said:

“We fervently hope that all the talk about moving towards an ISA-style pensions system with contributions made after tax remains just that – talk: we are wholly unconvinced that such a scheme would benefit this or future generations and extremely worried that it could, in fact, put off lots of people from saving for a pension at all.”

“The stakes are extremely high: dignity in retirement for millions of people in this country depends on us having a good, well-functioning pension system, and we undermine that at our peril.”

Eminent US pensions expert David John, Senior Strategic Policy Adviser at the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) presented evidence from the US experience, where TEE systems do not provide a savings incentive. He said:

“Evidence shows that only 15% of retirement savers are ‘active savers’, i.e. those who respond to tax subsidies and move their assets accordingly”.

The report also calls on the Government to maintain the existing system of tax relief up front and to consider other ways of incentivising private pension saving beyond the tax system.

Yvonne Braun, Director of Long Term Savings at the ABI said:

"There is a strong case for reform of the pension tax relief system to make it fairer and more sustainable. At present more than 70 percent of tax relief goes to higher earners. Moving to a single rate of tax relief, reframed as a Savers' Bonus, would spread that more evenly, increasing the incentive to save for Basic Rate taxpayers.

“In contrast, a Pension ISA would damage the economy and lower savings, making it unsustainable given the UK's looming demographic challenges.”

Contact

Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) on 020 7340 0440, or 07531 164 886.

Notes

The Future of Private Pension saving is available on the ILC-UK website at http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/the_future_of_private_pension_saving

ILC-UK are hosting their second Retirement Income Summit on 10th June, hosted by CII. http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/second_national_retirement_income_summit

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

The ILC-UK is an independent, research led, think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and demographic change. Based in the heart of Westminster, much of our work is directed at the highest levels of government in London, Europe and Internationally.

Our policy and research remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We are looking to recruit an intern who can join part of our growing team in addressing some of the key demographic challenges of today.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach, and, as a result, we are looking to grow our team.  We are currently seeking an intern to learn and contribute to our work and gain experience and understanding of our policy, research and events activities.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and eager intern who is willing to embrace all aspects of the organisation. In return, you will gain valuable experience on a range of assignments: from supporting colleagues in the delivery of a project or high profile event, to independently managing the delivery of key research; you will have real responsibility from week one. Many of our interns have continued their employment with the ILC-UK after their initial placement and this represents a great opportunity to work with a small, dynamic and friendly team in the heart of Westminster.

You must have excellent research and writing skills, with a high level of attention to detail. Being adept in interpreting and using data, allied to a good knowledge of current economic, health and public policy debates, would be advantageous. Candidates should have high standards of written and spoken English, and an ability to write for both academic and lay audiences. You should have a good understanding and interest in the work that the ILC-UK undertakes and this should be reflected in your covering letter (www.ilcuk.org.uk).

You must have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). We are looking for someone who has a flexible attitude, who is comfortable working in a small team and who is able to adapt to new tasks with ease and work in a fast paced environment.
We are open to applications from recent graduates, or individuals looking for experience in a policy environment.
Key skills

  1. Essential: Able to support the research team with a range of research activities, including:
    • Information and evidence gathering.
    • Undertaking literature reviews.
    • Strong analysis of official statistics and other data using Excel.
    • Report writing.
    • Referencing, formatting and dissemination
  2. Essential: Provide research assistance on briefings for team members attending meetings and events.
  3. Essential: Develop and produce blogs for the ILC-UK website.
  4. Essential: Provide communications support, including drafting press releases and writing occasional articles for magazines.
  5. Essential: Understanding of UK policy environment and influencing process.
  6. Essential: Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines in a small team.
  7. Essential: Strong written and oral communication skills.
  8. Desirable: Interest or experience of working on longevity, demographic or ageing issues in the field of research or policy.
  9. Desirable: Experience or interest in the dissemination of research and presentation of results.

Send a (maximum) two page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at info@ilcuk.org.uk ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Hours
5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)

Application deadline
Midnight, Sunday 27th March 2016

Duration of contract
6 months with strong potential for an ongoing formal position.

Interview date
Week commencing Monday 18th April 2016

Salary
London Living Wage: £9.40 per hour

Start date
As soon as possible

Place of Work
Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please click on the below link to review the Job Description for this position.

Documents:

Research and Policy Intern - Job Description (PDF)

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The ILC-UK is an independent, research led, think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and demographic change. Based in the heart of Westminster, much of our work is directed at the highest levels of government in London, Europe and Internationally.

Our policy and research remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design and the macroeconomic implications of population change. We are looking to recruit a full-time Researcher who can join part of our growing team in addressing some of the key demographic challenges of today.

We need a Researcher with excellent writing skills and a strong passion for policy to join our busy and expanding team. Experience in quantitative research or a background in economics would be beneficial but certainly not essential.

This is a great opportunity for someone who has a genuine interest in the socioeconomic consequences of population ageing; an engaging writing style that can stimulate policy-makers; and an enquiring mind-set.

Key skills:

  1. Essential: Degree or Higher degree in Social Sciences with Research Methods Component including Quantitative Analysis.
  2. Essential: Has some experience of conducting research beyond an undergraduate degree – e.g. at post-graduate level, or experience working for a charity, think tank or business.
  3. Essential: Demonstrable experience of producing or contributing towards high quality reports in either an academic or policy context.
  4. Essential: Proven ability to write engaging articles, briefs and reports for different audiences in pressurised, tight deadline environments.
  5. Essential: Ability to work independently but to offer support and guidance to more junior members of the research team as well as work with other members of the team.
  6. Desirable: Experience of fundraising through leading on, or contributing to, tenders or project proposals from ideally a range of funders, including Government, academic trusts, foundations and charities.
  7. Desirable: Experience of the dissemination of research and the presentation of results in an academic, public or policy setting.
  8. Desirable: Experience of leading or contributing to tenders or projects proposals.
  9. Desirable: Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of public policy environment in this field including policy development and the political process.

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, secondments or permanent placements for the right candidate. The post is initially offered on a year contract, with the strong possibility of extension and increase for the right candidate, who will then develop their own programs of work in ageing research.

Send a (maximum) two page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at info@ilcuk.org.uk ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Hours
5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)

Application deadline
Midnight, Sunday 27th March 2016

Duration of contract
1 year contract with a 6 month review, and a strong possibility of extension and increase for the right person.

Interview date
Week commencing Monday 18th April 2016

Salary
£22k - £25k, depending on experience

Start date
As soon as possible

Place of Work
Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Please click on the below link to review the Job Description for this position.

Documents:

Researcher - Job Description (PDF)

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Press Release

Future of Ageing bleak without better planning

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) argues that our ageing society offers significant social and economic opportunities but only if policymakers plan better for the long term.

The report, ‘Tomorrow’s World: The Future of Ageing in the UK’ describes the future challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing population.

The ILC-UK argues that our society is not adequately responding to ageing today:

  • The social care system is crumbling and health care is failing to incentivise the prevention of ill health.
  • The housing and planning system is failing to respond to ageing resulting in people living in housing which does not meet their needs.
  • Individuals are currently underestimating their life expectancy and risking running out of money in retirement.

ILC-UK point out that without action today, the picture in 10 years time could be much worse. The report predicts that average pensioner incomes will start falling as more people retire with a less generous state pension and without the benefit of final salary pensions.

If urgent action is not taken to address the challenges posed by population ageing, ILC-UK presents a future in which health expenditure has increased debt as a proportion of GDP to 180%; more than 1 million additional care workers are required to meet the demand for social care; and millions have failed to save enough ahead of retirement.

ILC-UK predicts that:

  • Without action to better support more disadvantaged social groups and communities, the gap in life expectancy between the wealthy and the poor will continue to increase.
  • Without action to address the current funding and workforce shortages in health and social care, the future needs of our ageing population are unlikely to be met.
  • Without action to better highlight how long people are likely to live, and the measures that they need to take to ensure financial security later in old age, even wealthier older adults may experience financial difficulties in later life.
  • Without action to encourage and facilitate longer working lives we will see a future drop in the UK’s employment rate and reductions in overall productivity.
  • Without action to build more houses, and houses which are adapted to the needs of older people, the housing shortage will continue.

The report proposes 10 long-term indicators of progress. ILC-UK plan to report against these indicators at their next Future of Ageing Conference on November 9th.

1. Health must find a way to be more responsive and preventative
2. Government must make progress in delivering a long term settlement to pay for social care
3. Savings levels for working age adults must increase
4. Average age of exit from the workforce should rise
5. The number and type of homes built should be increasingly appropriate for our ageing society
6. Government should make progress in facilitating greater risk sharing in accumulation and decumulation of retirement income
7. We must have a more informed older consumer
8. Our aspirations for retirement must be about much more than us spending more hours watching television
9. Businesses should better respond to ageing
10. We must strengthen the social contract between young and old

The report incorporates expert testimony from contributors at ILC-UK’s first Future of Ageing Conference which took place on Tuesday 24th November 2015. ILC-UK’s second Future of Ageing Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016: http://www.futureofageing.org.uk/

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Chief Executive of ILC-UK said:

‘If we want future generations of older people to age well policymakers must act now. The UK’s demography is slow to change and we can make some reasonable predictions and forecasts on how this may influence UK society over the next ten years. This gives us an opportunity to plan for the change we will witness. We can’t wait and hope ageing goes away. It won’t’.

Dr Michael Hutton, Chief Scientific Officer, Neurodegenerative Disease at Eli Lilly and Company Ltd said:

‘An ageing population is placing pressure on finite NHS resources whilst there are also important concerns about the quality of care, particularly for our elderly population in health and social care settings. The total cost of conditions such as dementia is huge. When assessing the scale of the problem, we must have a holistic understanding of the disease to ensure patients and their families are adequately supported and also to prevent a knock on effect to our economy, as this caring role prevents ‘carers’ from accessing other forms of employment’.

‘Innovation offers the NHS a real opportunity to meet the challenge of increasing demand on resources and squeezed budgets. Lilly was delighted to support this event and help develop ideas, to make the UK the best possible environment for supporting an ageing population’.

Lord Filkin, Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better said:

‘If we don’t build the social care workforce by some mechanism both in volume and skill we are in trouble. It is hard to overstate what a bad place we are in. The system is crumbling now. Social care needs to have increased investment: the increase in long term conditions in the older population will drive big increases in demand and cost’.

Professor Ian Philp CBE, Deputy Medical Director for Older People, Heart of England Foundation Trust said:

I think we can turn a concern about the costs of an ageing population into an opportunity to see growth, partly because so much wealth, asset wealth and disposable income sits with older people in our society. That wealth can be mobilised, for example to pay for major infrastructure projects through investment and return. We could turn it on its head from the apocalyptic tales of ‘we can't afford an ageing population’ to ‘my goodness what an asset’. 

Emma McWilliam, Hymans Robertson LLP said:

‘Grey hair is definitely something to be celebrated. That's easier to do when governments have applied wisdom to setting policies that encourage generations to save enough to enjoy retirement, as well as leaving a fair and sustainable legacy for future generations that we can be proud of. There is more that Government can do, both to safeguard future generations and to support people in retirement.

The Government's role in retirement should be to provide certainty through the flat rate state pension and act as an insurer of last resort for long-term care needs. To ensure those roles can be performed in a sustainable way, it's vital that individuals are clear about how much money they will have in retirement, how far off track they might be and what they need to do to get back on track. Talking about the 'savings gap' in general terms doesn't resonate with individuals.

They need to know how they will personally be affected. Technology is making that easier, and the government should pave the way to make that technology more readily available to greater numbers of people. Enabling a smoother transition into retirement through part-time working will also help address individuals' savings shortfalls, as well as deal with a potential future fall in UK productivity as we see greater swathes of the population ‘retired’.

Gary Day, Land & Planning Director from McCarthy & Stone, said:

‘The population is ageing rapidly but the UK’s housing stock is not coping with this change. There is a lack of choice when older people come to move to properties suitable for them in later life. This impacts negatively on a range of areas – poorer well-being, higher public spending on health and care, and blocked housing chains. We need to raise our focus beyond starter homes and encourage the building of more specialist housing suitable for older people across all tenures’.

Lord Filkin and Professor Ian Philp are available for further comment.

“Tomorrow’s World” has been made possible with the financial support of Eli Lilly.

Contact
Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk) on 020 7340 0440, or 07531 164 886.

Notes
ILC-UK’s first Future of Ageing Conference took place in November 2015.
Representatives from Government, business, academia and civil society gathered for the first annual Future of Ageing conference, hosted by the International Longevity Centre – UK ILC-UK.

Speakers included Baroness Altmann (Pensions Minister), Lord Willetts (Executive Chair, the Resolution Foundation), Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Officer), Lord Filkin (Chair, Centre for Better Ageing and former Labour Minister with responsibility for Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies), and Professor Jane Elliott (Chief Executive, The Economic and Social Research Council).

ILC-UK’s second Future of Ageing Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 http://www.futureofageing.org.uk/

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.


Welcome to the February edition of the ILC-UK update

On Monday 25th January our Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross, hosted a discussion on the future of private pension saving in the House of Lords, supported by Age UK. The event sold out in just over an hour and featured the new Shadow Pensions Minister's first major speech.

We are also pleased to announce that the second Retirement Income Summit will be held on Friday 10th June.

ILC-UK Publications

Drink Wise, Age Well: Alcohol Use and the Over 50s in the UK

A hidden population of over 50s at increasing risk from their drinking may well be hidden in plain sight according to the first 'State of the Nation' report from Drink Wise, Age Well.

Generation Stuck: Exploring the Reality of Downsizing in Later Life

Downsizing is not for everyone, but there should be a good flow of information and housing options should people wish to move to improve their own personal situation in later life.

Financial Advice Market Review: A response from the International Longevity Centre - UK

ILC-UK has conducted new analysis to feed into FCA and HM Treasury Financial Advice Market Review, which argues that ensuring policy and practice raises confidence in the provision of advice is key to increasing uptake.

The End of Formal Adult Social Care?

Detailed analysis of the social care funding measures outlined in the Spending Review, conducted by the ILC-UK Centre for Later Life Funding and supported by Age UK reveals a bleak future for older people needing care.

George Holley-Moore introduces 'Drink Wise, Age Well: Alcohol Use and the Over 50s in the UK'

ILC-UK Events in 2016

We are pleased to announced that the second Retirement Income Summit will be held on Friday 10th June at the Chartered Insurance Institute. We will be releasing more information and opening the registration for this event very soon.

If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring the second Retirement Income Summit, please contact our Events Manager, Lyndsey Mitchell, on events@ilcuk.org.uk.

If you have received this newsletter via a colleague and are not currently registered on our mailing list, you can do so by emailing us at events@ilcuk.org.uk, or by visiting www.ilcuk.org.uk.

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our December update, we have published a summary of the our press highlights from the final quarter of 2015, 'ILC-UK in the news - October, November and December' featuring links to all relevant media sources.

In January we published a guest blog from UCL's Professor David Metz which describes his motivation to create a new online resource to help families face end-of-life decisions; you can read David's blog here. To read more on end-of-life issues, you can also refer to David Sinclair's blog, 'Let's talk about death' which was also published in January.

In 'Financial education - why older people?', David Sinclair challenges the assumption that financial education need only be focused on younger people. The blog also presents ILC-UK's initial thoughts on why we believe there is an urgent need to better understand financial capability and its impact on retirement.

You can access the ILC-UK blog here; and the ILC Global Alliance blog here. If you would like to write a guest blog for us, please contact us at events@ilcuk.org.uk.

ILC-UK launch new adult immunisation website

The International Longevity Centre – UK has launched the European Adult Immunisation Hub, www.adultimmunisation.eu/, made possible through the support of Pfizer.

Please do have a look at the website and engage with the facebook, Linkedin and twitter accounts we have launched to promote the site, using the hashtag #adultimmunsation.

We are organising editorial board meetings for the website on 1st March in London, and 11th March in Brussels. During the meetings we will discuss the barriers to adult immunisation and the plans for future content. If you would like to attend either of the editorial board meetings please email Dave Eaton events@ilcuk.org.uk

You can also receive regular updates from the European Adult Immunisation Hub by signing up to the newsletter, using the form on the homepage at http://www.adultimmunisation.eu/.

Working with ILC-UK

PARTNERS PROGRAMME

Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti Paymaster, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Retirement Advantage, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk. We are increasing the cost of our Partners Programme for new members in April, so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in joining.

RESEARCH AND EVENTS
Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

PRESS
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NEW STUDY: STIGMA AND SHAME STOPPING ‘HIDDEN’ OVER 50s DRINKERS SEEKING HELP

Biggest ever study of its kind reveals attitudes towards alcohol and ageing could be leaving over 50s at increased risk of harm from alcohol. 

A hidden population of over 50s at increasing risk from their drinking may well be hidden in plain sight according to the Drink Wise, Age Well report released today. Attitudes held and experienced by older drinkers may stop them for asking for help in reducing their alcohol use.

Respondents who drank more than they used to gave age-related reasons for doing so. Furthermore, over three-quarters (83%) of those surveyed who were at increasing risk from alcohol use had never been asked about their drinking by someone who might be able to help. Risks associated with alcohol include depression, poor sleep, memory problems, and trouble with relationships as well as more serious illnesses such as cancer or liver disease.

The biggest-ever study of its kind into drinking behaviours among the over 50s surveyed over 16,700 people from 10 areas across the UK. Categories of risk were defined using the international recognised AUDIT screening tool.

Preliminary findings are:

  • Over half of respondents aged over 65 believe that people with an alcohol problem have themselves to blame. Nearly a quarter think they should feel ashamed.  
  • The five most frequently reported reasons for those who drink more now than in the past are age-related. These include retirement, bereavement, loss of sense of purpose, fewer opportunities to socialise and finances.
  • Around 4 in 5 of those who are at increasing risk of harm from alcohol said that on no occasion had relatives, friends, doctors or other health workers been concerned about their drinking or suggested they cut down.
  • 1 in 4 said they would not tell anyone if they needed help.


Julie Breslin, Drink Wise, Age Well Programme Lead said:

“One positive from the Drink Wise, Age Well study is that 80% of those surveyed who drink, are drinking at lower risk levels. However, of those who are drinking at more risky levels the majority have never had anyone, including health professionals, talk to them about their alcohol use. Also a quarter of people would not know where to go for help nor would they ask if they needed it. Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund, Drink Wise, Age Well is working to tackle the stigma around alcohol use in the over 50s population and do this through raising awareness, training frontline staff to ‘ask the question’ and ensuring appropriate help is available to those when they do look for it.”

Baroness Sally Greengross from the International Longevity Centre - UK said:

“This report gives us an opportunity to start putting some wrongs to rights in relation to older adults and alcohol. We are all living longer lives; however, it is vital to ensure this is a life of quality and good health. If the number of people that are drinking at increasing risk levels continue this into later life there may be some serious impacts both on their own health and at a societal level. At a policy level we need to create a climate where sensible drinking is considered within the wider scope of healthy ageing and longevity.”

David McCullough, Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive said:

“What this report gives rise to are some concerning characteristics in relation to higher risk drinkers. More often than not, they are not in a relationship and live alone, and have a longstanding illness or disability. 1 in 3 higher risk drinkers cite being down or depressed as a reason for drinking and 41% say they drink because they are lonely or bored. Tackling social isolation among older people is a key commitment of Royal Voluntary service and this report highlights that we need to be much more vigilant and aware of the potential for high risk drinking in a population that are more isolated. We are delighted to be partners of the Drink Wise, Age Well programme so we can tackle this together.”

Drink Wise, Age Well is supported by the Big Lottery Fund as part of Rethink Good Health, a £25 million UK-wide programme to inform policy and practice UK-wide in preventing alcohol misuse amongst older people, specifically those aged 50 and over. It works in five areas to help prevent harm caused by alcohol in the over 50s, promote alternatives to alcohol in communities, build skills in communities to help at risk over 50s and seeks to get the issue on the health agenda.

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Drink Wise Age Well media contact:
Steve Williams, Communications and Public Affairs:
Tel: 0141 221 8390 steven.williams@addaction.org.uk

Addaction press office: 020 7017 2747
Out of hours: 07818 587696


Notes to Editors:

  • The AUDIT Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test identifies three categories of drinker:

o LOWER RISK: This group is defined as: AUDIT score of 0-7 Or: Men who regularly drink 3-4 units per day. Women who regularly drink 2-3 units per day. This group is defined as ‘lower risk’ rather than ‘no risk, as evidence is accumulating that no level of alcohol use is without risk entirely. This is particularly true for older adults.
o INCREASING RISK DRINKERS This group is defined as: AUDIT score of 8-15 or Men who regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units a day, but less than the higher risk levels. Women who regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units a day, but less than the higher risk levels.
o HIGHER RISK DRINKERS This group is defined as: AUDIT score of 16+ or Men who regularly drink more than 8 units a day or more than 50 units of alcohol per week. (5 bottles of wine or 20 pints)
Women who regularly drink more than 6 units a day or more than 35 units of alcohol per week. (14 pints lager or 3 ½ bottles of wine)

  • Drink Wise, Age Well will be delivered over a seven year period by a consortium led overall by Addaction and in Northern Ireland by Addiction Northern Ireland, and including Royal Voluntary Service, International Longevity Centre UK and Drug and Alcohol Charities Wales. The programme will be evaluated by an academic team led by the University of Bedfordshire’s Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team (SMART).
     
  • Each partner will take the lead in a demonstration area:
    Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland: Addiction Northern Ireland (contact Director Thelma Abernethy or Locality Manager Joanne Smith )
    Cwm Taf Wales: Drug Aid (Director, Caroline Phipps or Locality Manager Richard Broadway )
    Devon County, England:  Addaction (Contact Clare Pawley)
    Sheffield City, England : Royal Voluntary Service- (Contact Emma Wells )
    Glasgow City, Scotland: Addaction (Contact Graeme Callander )
    Research and Evaluation: Sarah Wadd, SMART who will lead a UK wide academic team
    Policy- Sally Bamford. ILC-UK

    • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
    Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year it funds 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.

    Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

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All of us at the International Longevity Centre – UK would like to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this opportunity to introduce the latest member of our Partners Programme, Hymans Robertson LLP. After many years of close collaboration, we are delighted to welcome Hymans Robertson, a leading independent pensions consultancy, as Partners.

Emma McWilliam, Senior Life Consulting Actuary at Hymans Robertson said:

'Hymans Robertson is delighted to join ILC-UK's Partners Programme. Whilst living a long age is to be celebrated, longevity causes challenges for pension schemes, insurers and society at large.

We look forward to improving awareness and understanding of how best to manage longevity, as well as contributing to the shaping of bespoke products and services to meet our aim of enabling certain financial futures.

Our leading developments such as Club Vita, one of the richest longevity datasets of its kind, and Guided Outcomes, an award-winning innovation to help pensioners achieve their retirement goals, will allow us to contribute valuable insights and help deliver the solutions needed to tackle the issues of demographic change'.

They will now join Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti Paymaster, Legal & General, Partnership, Prudential and Retirement Advantage in being the first to receive new original research; in interacting with policy makers, opinion formers and prospective clients; and in having the ILC-UK team at their disposal to discuss policy and research developments.

You can read about the advantages of joining our Partners Programme in our new brochure. The price of corporate membership quoted as coming into effect from January 2016 has now been postponed until 1st April 2016.

Click to read our new Partners Programme brochure

For any questions about the programme, please contact David Sinclair at davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk

ILC-UK publishes new analysis to feed into FCA and HM Treasury Financial Advice Market Review


Ensuring policy and practice raises confidence in the provision of advice is key to increasing uptake, argues the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) in their submission to the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR).


The ILC-UK has undertaken new analysis of the Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS) (1) to feed into their submission. The analysis finds that:

 

  • Approximately 18.2 million people took out a financial product in the last two years, with nearly 3.1 million investing in risky assets.
  • Among the 43.5% who have taken out a financial product in the last two years, approximately 1 in 10 (11.2%) had been influenced by an Independent Financial Adviser. In terms of overall population, this is equivalent to approximately 2 million people.
  • Worryingly, 2.7 million people took out a financial product in the last two years without collecting any information at all.

The ILC-UK reveal that best buy comparison websites most influenced decisions about which product to take out, followed by information from providers.  In making product decisions:

  • 6.1 million people were influenced by “Best buy information, comparison website or shopped around a lot of different sources”;
  • Approximately 2 million were influenced by an “Independent Financial Adviser”;
  • Roughly 3.9 million were influenced by “Information collected from providers or providers websites”;
  • About 1.7 million were influenced by friends or family;

The ILC-UK analysis reveals that older (age 55+) consumers are significantly more likely to influenced by IFAs or providers, than by best buy information on websites.

Consumers who indicated IFAs as the most trustworthy source for retirement income advice, were significantly more likely to have been influenced by an IFA when choosing to take out a financial product.

Homeowners are also significantly more likely to be influenced by an IFA when choosing to take out a financial product. While only 1 in 16 renters (who have taken out a financial product) are likely to be influenced by an IFA, the proportion rises to 1 in 8 for homeowners.

There is greater awareness of the value of IFAs amongst those purchasing potentially risky investments. (2) ILC-UK find that the proportion of people influenced by IFAs doubles for people buying these products.

Consumers who are most financially able, i.e. those who report that they know exactly how much they have in their bank account, are also more likely to choose DIY financial solutions, by surfing best buy websites or shopping around.

The number of people not collecting any information or just relying on friends and family before taking out a financial product is large – about 4.4 million. Among them, older consumers (aged 75 plus) tend to be over-represented.

ILC-UK point out that those who are burdened by debt do not reach out. Among consumers who felt burdened by debt (approximately 17% of the sample), only about 1 in 8 (or 12.7%) received any advice at all to help them deal with their debts, and among them, 3 in 5 received advice from a free agency.

Cesira Urzì Brancati, Research fellow at the ILC-UK said:

The demand for independent financial advice is mainly driven by trust. We will not expand access to advice without action to raise trust in advice.

Sadly, advice too often does not reach those who need it the most. For some, however, overconfidence is an impediment to getting advice.

Making financial advice mandatory may not have good results. Experimental evidence from the US showed that unsolicited advice has no effect on investment behaviour – only those who want advice and ask for it will act accordingly.[1]

Our research highlights again the importance of Government and industry supporting a mid retirement financial health check. We need to ensure that people making important financial decisions in their 70s and beyond, get the support they need”.

On 1st December, the ILC-UK published Understanding Retirement Journeys, a report, supported by Prudential, which explored consumption in later life. In the report, ILC-UK called for the introduction of a mass market mid-retirement financial health check and financial advice. The Think Tank also called for the development of new rules of thumb to be built into the financial guidance process.(3)

Contact

Ben Franklin (benfranklin@ilcuk.org.uk) or Cesira Urzì Brancati (CesiraUrziBrancati@ilcuk.org.uk) at ILC-UK on 02073400440

Notes
1) The ILC-UK analysis takes advantage of the largest and most comprehensive source of information on income, wealth and assets in Great Britain, the Wealth and Assets Survey (WAS). The WAS is a longitudinal survey, which means that the same individuals are followed over time, and it is representative of all private households in Great Britain. For the purpose of our analyses, we focus on the latest wave, i.e. data collected between 2010 and 2012, and we keep only individuals aged 16+ who completed the entire interview. We are, therefore, left with a remarkably large sample of 37,601 observations.

2) By investments we mean an equity ISA, PEP, unit trust or investment trust, investment bond, stocks and shares or an endowment policy that was not linked to a mortgage.

3) See http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/news/news_posts/press_release_researcg_busts_the_myth_of_a_hedonistic_retiree_population
The ILC-UK response to the FCA and HM Treasury Financial Advice Market Review will be published on the ILC-UK website on 18th December 2015.
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Press Release

Embargo: 00:01 Saturday 12 December 2015

The end of formal adult social care?

  • UK heading towards the bottom of OECD league table for spending on care as proportion of GDP.
  • Local authorities with the highest concentration of older people and with highest reliance on unpaid informal caring will perversely be able to raise least from the Council Tax Precept announced in the Spending Review.
  • Lack of investment will lead to growing reliance on informal carers with significant economic and social implications.

Detailed analysis of the social care funding measures outlined in the Spending Review reveals a bleak future for older people needing care.

The new research published by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) Centre for Later Life Funding and supported by Age UK, reveals:

  • Approximately 1.86 million people over the age of 50 in England (1 in 10) have unmet care needs – an increase of 120,000 people (or 7%) since 2008/9.
  • Data from 326 local authorities shows that the councils with the highest concentration of older people and unpaid carers will be the ones that will bring in the least amount of money from the 2% council tax precept.
  • There are approximately 4.3 million people aged 50+ in England who are living alone (that’s roughly 1 in 5 middle aged and older people living on their own).

ILC-UK point out that even if the Spending Review announcements bring £3.5bn into adult social care, a scenario they describe as “highly unlikely”, this will still only mean that spending on care returns to 2015 levels by the end of the Parliament. This level of funding would imply an overall fall in expenditure on care as a proportion of GDP putting us firmly towards the bottom end of the OECD league table.


The think tank argues that the low level of funding offered is likely to result in a polarisation of care – private formal care for those that can afford it, rising reliance on informal carers and increasing unmet needs for those that can’t.

The end of formal adult social care” points out that the numbers accessing care services have fallen by half a million since 2008/9 (a drop of 30%) despite a growing ageing population. The number of over 80s have risen by 800,000 in the last decade. The provocation notes that there are already around 1.5 million people providing over 50 hours per week of unpaid care and that without investment the need for informal care will increase.


ILC-UK highlight that increasing pressures on unpaid carers will have a significant economic impact, preventing more people from continuing in work. They argue that the UK does not have the required infrastructure to move to a model of care that relies so heavily on family and community support and that if this were to happen, significant extra investment would be needed. Without greater support, both financial and in terms of more formal care support, greater unpaid caring could risk an erosion in the quality of care provided.  


Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of an Ageing society at ILC-UK warned:

“The future for adult social care looks bleak.


The social care settlement will be insufficient to meet the growing care needs of an ageing population and does little more than paper over the cracks which many of those who are in need of care are already falling through.

While some will be able to rely on family to support their needs, increased prevalence of unpaid caring may have adverse consequences for those providing support, for the economy as a whole due to reduced employment, and without additional investment may even lead to an erosion in the quality of care provided.”

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK said:


"This report reinforces the consensus among experts that the measures the Government ‎announced in the Spending Review will not be enough to arrest the further decline of social care in this country.


"As such it is a wake-up call for the public, women especially, because they make up most family carers. Over the last twenty years the need to provide a system of childcare has been‎ first recognised and then at least partially met, in order to enable more women to work and support decent family incomes. Now many of those same women, or sometimes their mothers, could find they have to leave work to care for their own ageing parents, because we are effectively dismantling our system of social care. This is the wrong political and economic choice and it will hurt older people and their families."

Notes


On Saturday 12th December, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), will publish its analysis of the implications of the 2015 Autumn Spending Review on adult social care. (www.ilcuk.org.uk)


The provocation, “the end of formal adult social care” was supported by Age UK.


ILC-UK is the country’s leading think tank impacting policy on longevity, ageing and population change.


This report is the second publication from The Centre for Later Life Funding, which in turn, sits under the guise of the ILC-UK. The Centre is, in part, a continuation of its predecessor body the Care Funding Advice Network (CFAN) – a coalition of organisations and individuals seeking to improve on the Care Act’s recognition of the need for financial advice.


The Centre represents a significant expansion in terms of scope and output to include policy briefings and research papers, which consider not just questions about care funding but questions about funding retirement more broadly. And critically, it is focused on developing ideas and solutions to these questions. We think that the artificial separation of retirement funding from care funding is unhelpful given that long-term care can be one of the biggest costs that people face during their retirement years.


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Press Release

Embargoed 00.01 1st December 2015

Research busts the myth of a hedonistic retiree population

•        Retirees are saving £48.7bn per year
•        Rather than spending their kids inheritance on holidays and leisure, older people spend decreasing amounts on non-essentials
•        On average retirees think they have a 70% chance of leaving an inheritance of £50,000 or more

New research by the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) and Prudential busts the myth of older people splashing their retirement cash on leisure and holidays. The report reveals that from the age of 50 onwards, spending on most non-essential items begins a slow decline. With the exception of early retirement, retirement does not lead to more holidays or other leisure activities. Nor does retirement lead to a sudden splurge in eating out.

Understanding Retirement Journeys, published today in conjunction with Prudential presents findings of detailed research into what retirement is really like.

The report finds:

Consumption falls during retirement: A household headed by someone aged 80 and over spends, on average, 43% less than a household headed by a 50 year old.

Many older households continue saving throughout retirement. Individuals aged 80 and over are saving, on average, around £5,870 per year. ILC-UK calculate total per annum savings made by those in retirement in the UK today of around £48.7bn. This equates to 2.8% of GDP. The majority of savings made by older people are sitting in low interest current accounts. On average, retirees think they have a 70% chance of leaving an inheritance of £50,000 or more. 

Contrary to popular perceptions, retirement does not lead to more holidays. However as we age, time at home alone increases while time spent with family and friends falls. By age 90+, watching television and spending time at home alone are the most common daily activities.

Health appears to restrict an increasing proportion of older people from doing the things they want to do in retirement. However, the vast majority of retirees say that they are able to do the things they want. Even by age 90+, 65% of the population say they can do the things they want “often” or “sometimes”.

ILC-UK argue that excess savings in retirement could have adverse macroeconomic implications, pointing to excess savings relative to investment in Japan which has acted as a drag on economic growth. The think tank argues that if older people are saving, “we need to find effective ways of putting those savings to good use to help drive economic growth”.

In the report ILC-UK call for:

• The introduction of a mass market mid-retirement financial health check and financial advice
• The development of new rules of thumb, based on evidence in this report and others which can be built into the financial guidance process
To respond to high savings levels by older people, ILC-UK argue that:
• The financial services industry should consider how it can help retirees maximise customers’ returns on these savings.
• The Government should develop a long-term strategy to harness the savings made by retirees to deliver increased investment and drive forward economic output.

Given the reality of consumption falls in retirement, ILC-UK argue that typical decumulation strategies might reasonably prioritise flexible retirement income in the initial retirement period to help support consumption followed by secure income in later life to ensure people don’t run out of money before the end of their life.   

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing at ILC-UK said:

“In light of the pension freedoms, there has been much speculation about consumption needs in retirement and the types of retirement income products that might be required to meet these needs.
Our research points to evidence of a “default retirement consumption path” where consumption falls lead to savings in later life. This implies people may need a combination of flexibility and security of income in retirement to support higher consumption earlier on while ensuring people are still able to afford their regular bills in later life.
Striking the right balance between flexibility and security will not be an easy task and will require financial guidance and advice throughout retirement.”


Tim Fassam, Head of Public Affairs at Prudential UK added: 

“The research findings provide an insight into retirees’ actual behaviour that is unexpected yet thought provoking. By having a greater understanding of spending patterns in retirement, the rate at which older people save and their hopes to leave an inheritance, it becomes easier to help them plan financially for retirement.
“It points to financial advice being equally important in the latter stages of retirement as at the start, and of the need for our industry to focus beyond the point at which someone retires.”


Notes

Understanding Retirement Journeys provides detailed analyses of two large datasets: 1) the Living Costs and Food Survey, which enables us to gain insights into income and expenditure patterns of the older population, and 2) the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, which allows us to explore what people are actually doing in their daily lives and whether they are content with this.

Understanding Retirement Journeys will be published on 1st December on the ILC-UK website. Advanced Copies are available for journalists.

Understanding retirement Journeys will be launched at an event hosted by Prudential on Tuesday 1st December. Details of the event are here http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/what_is_retirement_really_like

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Press Notice

For Immediate Release

23 November 2015

Think tank urges government and business to maximise economic benefit of ageing

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) will tomorrow host their first UK Future of Ageing Conference. The conference will paint a picture of the future of ageing and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Speaking ahead of the event, ILC-UK Director, David Sinclair said “Ageing could offer huge rewards to UK plc if we can ensure more of us age healthily. The UK will benefit if we can maximise the employment of older workers and if we better respond to the demands of the older consumer.

This week’s spending review will undoubtedly focus on the immediate challenges of funding health and social care. But it is also key that we start planning not just for increased costs associated with an ageing society, but also to ensure that we maximise the current and future economic contribution of older people.”

Last week, ahead of the conference, a group of national and international businesses pledged to “work over the next five years to help make our ageing society and economy more sustainable” (1).

Confirmed speakers at the Future of Ageing Conference include:

• 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);
• Steve Groves (Chief Executive Officer at Partnership);
• 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)
• 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 will explore 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.

Following the conference, ILC-UK will publish a Future of Ageing Report.

Notes

1. See: Ageing poses risk to UK economy argue business leaders http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/news/news_posts/press_release_ageing_poses_risk_to_uk_economy_argue_business_leaders

200 delegates will attend the first Future of Ageing conference on Tuesday, 24th November 2015; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start) – 17:00; 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

ILC-UK will be tweeting from the event using the hashtag #futureofageing

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Companies pledge to lead the way in tackling the challenges of demographic change

A group of major national and international companies have signed an open letter and pledged to “work over the next five years to help make our ageing society and economy more sustainable”.

In the letter, the companies point out that “without action, our ageing society poses a risk to the UK economy and our business''. 

The businesses highlight that demographic change today means that we are “already witnessing shortages in critical parts of our economy“.

Whilst on the one hand, the business leaders recognise the potential of older consumers. They highlight that too few people are saving enough to have a good retirement. They also point out that having a healthy workforce will be key to addressing the UK productivity, yet point out that more investment in healthy ageing needs to be made.

The businesses signing the letter argue that “action by all of us over the next five years could make the UK a world leader.”

They point out that “companies have a big part to play in tackling the challenges of demographic change.  We can create jobs for all ages. We can help our workforce age well. And we can ensure our products and services are relevant for all.”

Next week, government, industry and voluntary sector experts will come together at the first national Future of Ageing Conference. The conference, organised by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) will seek to kick start a debate on the role companies have to play in helping us adapt to demographic change.

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, ILC-UK Chief Executive said: “Businesses must play a significant role in helping us adapt to our ageing society. They need to create jobs for all ages, help UK plc improve its productivity and help people to plan better for their retirement. Businesses who grasp the demographic opportunity will reap significant financial rewards. Older consumers have significant purchasing power and reaping this potential will offer economic returns. It is in all of our interests that more businesses engage with the challenges and opportunities of demographic change”.

Jane Ashcroft CBE, CEO of housing and care provider Anchor said: "We must stop seeing our ageing society as a cost. Older workers can bring wisdom and experience in the same way older consumers are fuelling our economy. We have to act now to ensure a positive future for the older people of tomorrow."

Shaun Crawford, Global Insurance Sector Leader at EY: “EY fully endorses the critical role businesses have in creating and sustaining healthy workforces that deliver the benefits for employers, individuals and communities. EY’s own research has clearly established the link between wellbeing, productivity and performance. Taking care of physical and psychological health is critical to enjoying life;working at older ages to sustain household incomes and as longevity continues to increase, improving the proportion of this extended life in good rather than in poor health.”

Steve Groves, Chief Executive Officer, Partnership said: "Partnership is pleased to add its support to the ILC-UK led pledge to work towards helping make our ageing society and economy more sustainable. The challenges associated with demographic change are significant and it is important that these are addressed as a priority. With an ever growing older population, with few saving enough for a good retirement, it is essential that more is done to encourage and stimulate a pensions savings culture and equip people with the skills and interest to engage more in the process."

Gary Shaughnessy, CEO of Zurich UK Life, said: “Increasing life expectancy and chronic under-saving could leave many people facing a shortfall in retirement. The insurance industry is rising to the challenge by encouraging more people to save and developing new products that support them in later life. The Government also has a role to play by fostering a stable pensions system that incentivises long-term saving."

Douglas Anderson, Partner at Hymans Robertson and Founder of Club Vita, said  “Attitudes around the age at which we retire are turning on their head. The mass ‘early retirement’ programmes of the 1980s and 1990s are likely to be confined to the annals of history. Average life spans have increased by around four years since then. Importantly, there is growing evidence of the health benefits of working longer - and into what is currently considered ‘retirement age’ but in the future may not. Club Vita data shows that those who begin drawing pensions at 70 live a year longer than those retiring at 60. Gradual work-to-retirement transitions, instead of a clean break, look increasingly sensible to employers as well as employees. Employers should respond accordingly and make it easier for employees to phase down working avoiding a later retirement cliff edge. This would improve productivity, staff engagement and crucially also help prevent career blockages for younger generations keen to move through the ranks.”

Gary Day from McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, said: “The population is ageing rapidly but the UK’s housing stock is not suitable to cope with this change. There is a lack of choice when older people come to move to properties that are designed for them in later life. This impacts negatively on a range of areas – poorer well-being, higher public spending on health and care, and blocked housing chains. We need to raise our focus beyond starter homes and greatly encourage the building of more retirement properties and housing suitable for older people across all tenures.”

Fiona Dunsire, Chief Executive Officer, Mercer said: “Mercer’s Age Friendly Employer Research showed only a fraction of companies have implemented ‘age friendly’ policies to help them retain and attract older workers. Tactics like age-specific wellness programmes, reviews of pay equity across comparable jobs across age bands, age discrimination checks, training targeted at older workers and line manager training are still only offered by a handful of employers. Employers need to be doing more to develop corporate policies that allow their business to tap into this talent pool. We strongly advocate that companies investigate their workforce planning need to establish the extent of the impact of an ageing society on their businesses.”

Martin Jones, Chief Operating Officer at Home Instead Senior Care, a UK national homecare provider which specialises in care for older people, said: “We are already committed to creating jobs for all ages. We have CAREGivers in their 50s, 60s and 70s whose life experience make them brilliant assets for our business which delivers relationship-led homecare for the UK's ageing population. We simply do not see age as a barrier to a career in care with us and we provide ongoing training to promote personal development, no matter what a person's stage in life."

Bruce Moore, Chief Executive of Housing & Care 21, said: “As a specialist provider of housing and care services for older people, we can see clearly the challenges that an ageing population presents to society, and the different ways in which we can work together to meet these challenges and make sure people can continue to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles in later life. We must also not lose sight of the contribution older people can continue to make to our society, given the right opportunities and support.”

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, Business in the Community said “More and more employers are making the most of the increasing asset of skilled, knowledge able and networked people that longer working lives offer. Making the most of this asset does mean changing how workplaces operate – responsible businesses are leading the way”.

Colin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Key Retirement said: “As an organisation focussed on the financial wellbeing of our older population we wholeheartedly support this initiative by ILC-UK. As a company who specialises in financial advice and support for the over 55s we fully understand the importance of ensuring that as our society ages we must continue to innovate and provide financial solutions which give both genuine and tangible values to the wider ageing population.”

Signatories to the letter and pledge are:

Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor

Andy Briggs, CEO, Aviva UK Life

Nick Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer, Audley Retirement

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, Business in the Community

Shaun Crawford, Global Insurance Sector Leader, EY

Jilly Forster, Chair, Forster Communications

Bruce Moore, Chief Executive, Housing and Care 21

Douglas Anderson, Partner at Hymans Robertson & Founder of Club Vita

Martin Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Home Instead Senior Care

Stephen Lowe, Group Director, Just Retirement

Colin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Key Retirement

Fiona Dunsire, Chief Executive Officer, Mercer

Gary Day, Land and Planning Director, McCarthy and Stone

Andrew Rear, Chairman, Munich Re UK Services

Steve Groves, Chief Executive Officer, Partnership

Phil Loney, Group Chief Executive, Royal London

Romana Abdin, Chief Executive for Simplyhealth

Gary Shaughnessy, UK Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance plc

Denise Keating, Chief Executive of The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion,
and Chair of the Age Action Alliance Healthy Workplaces Group.

Contact
Dave Eaton (davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk) or David Sinclair (davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk). Tel 02073400440

Notes to editor

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) has organised the first “future of ageing” conference to take place on November 24th. During this event, signatories to the letter and the ILC-UK pledge will debate the role of business in responding to the challenges of ageing.

Other speakers at the event include 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);Steve Groves (Chief Executive Officer at Partnership); 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 pledge

We will work over the next five years to help make our ageing society and economy more sustainable.

The Open Letter

Our ageing society is of significant importance to UK plc. Without action, our ageing society poses a risk to the UK economy and our business. But action by all of us over the next five years could make the UK a world leader.

Companies have a big part to play in tackling the challenges of demographic change. We can create jobs for all ages. We can help our workforce age well. And we can ensure our products and services are relevant for all.

As business leaders we have a vested interest. We need skilled workers yet are already witnessing shortages in critical parts of our economy.

We know that a healthy workforce will be a vital part of addressing the UK productivity puzzle as our society ages yet society invests too little in healthy ageing.

We want tomorrow’s older consumers active in the economy yet savings levels are not likely to be adequate to allow many to enjoy the active retirement they want.

Next week, government, industry and voluntary sector experts will come together at the first national Future of Ageing Conference. The conference will kick start a debate on the role companies have to play in helping us adapt to demographic change.

As a group of companies, we will work with policymakers and key stakeholders the over the next five years, to make our ageing society and economy more sustainable. We urge other companies to join with us.

Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor

Andy Briggs, CEO, Aviva UK Life

Nick Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer, Audley Retirement

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, Business in the Community

Shaun Crawford, Global Insurance Sector Leader, EY

Jilly Forster, Chair, Forster Communications

Bruce Moore, Chief Executive, Housing and Care 21

Douglas Anderson, Partner at Hymans Robertson & Founder of Club Vita

Martin Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Home Instead Senior Care

Stephen Lowe, Group Director, Just Retirement

Colin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Key Retirement

Fiona Dunsire, Chief Executive Officer, Mercer

Gary Day, Land and Planning Director, McCarthy and Stone

Andrew Rear, Chairman, Munich Re UK Services

Steve Groves, Chief Executive Officer, Partnership

Phil Loney, Group Chief Executive, Royal London

Romana Abdin, Chief Executive for Simplyhealth

Gary Shaughnessy, UK Chief Executive Officer Zurich Insurance plc

Care sector faces crisis as huge new care workforce gap revealed
 

The adult social care sector in England faces a gap of 200,000 care workers by the end of this Parliament because of restrictions on immigration and a failure to attract British workers. Longer term, the sector could face a shortfall of 1 million workers in the next twenty years.  That’s according to new research from Independent Age, the older people’s charity, and the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).

The ground-breaking report - Moved to Care - maps the size, shape and scope of the care workforce in England and warns of the impact of recent restrictions on migration and a continued failure to attract more UK born workers to social care.

Other key findings in the report - based on analysis of population figures from the Office for National Statistics and workforce data from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care - include:

  • 1 in 5 of the adult social care workforce (18.4%) in England was born outside of the United Kingdom, which includes 150,000 working in residential care homes and 81,000 working in adult domiciliary care
  • Non-EU migrants account for the greatest proportion of migrants working in adult social care – approximately 1 in every 7 care workers (191,000 people)
  • Greater London is particularly reliant on migrant care workers with nearly 3 in 5 of its adult social care workforce (59%) born abroad
  • For the most recent migrant workers joining the social care sector, the top five countries of birth are India, Poland, the Philippines, Romania and Nigeria
  • Approximately 1.45 million people work in the adult social care sector in England, but it is already struggling to recruit and retain staff.  Nearly 1 in 20 (4.8%) of positions in adult social care in England are currently vacant – nearly twice the vacancy rate in UK’s labour force as a whole (2.6%). The Care Quality Commission recently warned of the effect of staff shortages on the safety and quality of social care provision

At the same time, a rapidly ageing population and significant cuts to social care funding are placing the sector under immense pressure.  The number of people aged over 80 is expected to double in size to over 5 million by 2037 and social care funding has been reduced by nearly 11% in the last five years.

Independent Age and ILC-UK are calling for action to both attract more UK-born workers to the care sector and make it easier for social care providers to recruit from overseas. The report sets out the changes that could help reduce the workforce gap, including:
 
  • Investing in training, apprenticeships and career development to make adult social care an attractive career choice for UK born workers
  • Adding highly skilled roles in the adult social care sector - such as therapist and social worker - to the Shortage Occupation List, making them easier for employers to recruit from overseas
  • Allow low-skilled migrant workers to enter the social care workforce by opening up the Tier 3 visa route

Simon Bottery, Director of Policy at Independent Age, said:

“Without action, there is a real risk of care services worsening as providers fail to fill job vacancies and staff struggle to cope with increasing demand. That can only be bad news for the older people who rely on these services to carry out basic tasks like eating and dressing''.

“We need to recognise the current reliance of social care on migrant workers and make it easier for them to work here but also look to the sector’s longer-term future.  The government must use the upcoming Spending Review to invest in social care so it can attract more UK workers, while at the same time exploring new ways of caring for our ageing population in the future.”

Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of Ageing at ILC-UK, said:

“Enabling migrant workers to fill workforce gaps is one part of the solution, but it is no silver bullet. We ensure that the sector is able to attract more UK and foreign born workers alike.

“This will require a substantive shift in the direction of policy as well as a change in public perceptions about what working in care is like. The alternative will be a degradation in the quality of care and an increasing reliance on family carers. If this is the future, it will have dire implications for those needing care, their family members and the wider economy.”


Notes to editor
 
  • Projections of population growth and net migration levels are taken from Office for National Statistics Population Projections
  • Information on the size, make-up and vacancy rate of the current adult social care workforce is taken from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care, based on a 2015 survey of providers
  • Most recent migrant workers’ refers to migrants workers who arrived in the UK from 2007 to 2014
  • Care Quality Commission: The state of health care and adult social care in England (2014/15)
  • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services: ADASS Budget Survey 2015

Welcome to the October edition of the ILC-UK Update

Since our last update, ILC-UK has published four new reports, and ILC-UK research has also frequently been cited in the press. Our report 'Rethinking Cancer', which quantified the cost of cancer to the UK economy was cited in The Metro and The Independent, and our work with the Ready for Ageing Alliance dispelling the ‘Myth of the Baby Boomers’ featured in four articles in the Telegraph, two in The Guardian, and also enjoyed attention in The Independent and The Times.

These updates are sent every couple of months. If you would like to keep on top of our latest news, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our Linkedin Group.
 

Downing Street Reception for Baroness Sally Greengross’ 80th Birthday

In September we were honoured to be hosted by Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street for a drinks reception in celebration of Baroness Greengross' 80th birthday. We were delighted to be joined by a number of our Partners, colleagues, friends and supporters, and to have had an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to addressing the challenges of ageing in such a prestigious location.

To read more about the reception, please click here.


ILC-UK Publications

Creating a Sustainable 21st Century Healthcare System

The first report in the SOS 2020 Health series examines how the NHS can achieve its planned £22bn efficiency savings, and calls for the health service to be supported to continue to invest in innovation in order to save money in the long-term.

Village Life
Funded by Audley Retirement and Bupa, this report has found that extra care housing can have a major impact in promoting residents' quality of life and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Rethinking Cancer
'Rethinking Cancer' quantifies the cost of cancer to the UK economy, its families and its communities. The report considers the wider cost of cancer alongside the 160,000 deaths it causes each year in the UK.

The Myth of the Baby Boomer
This report seeks to bust the widely touted myth that there is a uniform group of older people in the UK – so called baby boomers – who have benefitted at the expense of younger age groups.


ILC-UK Events

The Future of Ageing: ILC-UK 2015 Conference
Tuesday, 24th November 2015; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start); 17:00
20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

You are invited to attend the ILC-UK Conference, The Future of Ageing, on Tuesday 24th November 2015 in London.

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

We are delighted to confirm the following speakers:

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

£200+VAT - Charity / Not for Profit / Students / Lecturers / Individuals
£275+VAT - Corporate

The Future of Ageing - Book your place here.


We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone and Partnership for their sponsorship of this conference, and to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the organisers of the IFA 2016 Conference, and Lipreading Practice for providing inserts for delegate packs on the day.
                                       
                                                                                            
                                           
                                            
 
We are still accepting further sponsorship for the conference and packages include:

  • Exhibition space
  • Advertisement space in the conference brochure
  • Promotional materials in delegate packs


We are also happy to work with organisations to create bespoke packages. Please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk or 0207 340 0440 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.
 

The Impact of the Spending Review on Later Life Funding

Thursday 26th November 2015, 08:30 (for a 09:00 start) – 10:30; House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
An Age UK and ILC-UK debate

The Spending Review, due to be published on 25th November 2015 will set out the Governments plans to deliver additional departmental savings with a view to eliminating Britain’s deficit by 2019-2020.

Government Departments have been asked to model the impact of real term spending cuts of between 25% and 40%. At the same time some Departments have already been given an assurance that their spending will be protected. The Government has committed to invest in both the NHS and defence whilst also continuing to protect spending on education and foreign aid.

Because of the scale of cuts planned and the fact that some Departmental spending is protected, other Departments may face significant funding cuts.

This debate will examine the impact of the spending review on adult social care and later life funding, and will take place the morning after the Spending Review has been announced.

To register for this event, please click here.
Please note, due to security regulations at the House of Lords, anyone who has not pre-registered will not be permitted entrance.
 

Events in 2016

We have started working on our 2016 events calendar. If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring an ILC-UK event in 2016, please contact our Office and Events Manager, Lyndsey Mitchell, on events@ilcuk.org.uk.

To keep up-to-date with ILC-UK events, please continue to check the ILC-UK website on a regular basis. Public events will also be advertised to our mailing list.

If you have received this newsletter via a colleague and are not currently registered on our mailing list, you can do so by emailing us at events@ilcuk.org.uk, or by entering your email address into the 'Join our mailing list' box at the top of this page.
 

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our last newsletter we have posted blogs from a number of guest writers, ranging from the future of housing to the economic challenges of population ageing.

Paul Teverson from McCarthy & Stone highlighted the misconceptions held by some local authorities, which encourage them to pursue starter-home development at the expense of ensuring adequate provision of retirement properties. Paul explained how suitable retirement properties reduce demand for health and social care resources, and called for a more balanced and forward-thinking planning system.

Nick Sanderson from Audley responded to our Village Life report, and reiterated his support to promote alternatives to care homes. He noted how access to a retirement village with extra care provision can half the number of people over 80 with care needs being admitted to institutional care homes, and he called upon the Government to shift its focus from first time buyers and into providing adequate levels of retirement housing.

David Sinclair examined the Department for Transport’s 2014 National Travel Survey (England) and identified ten things it revealed about age and national travel. He also referred to our recent ‘Future of Transport in an Ageing Society’ report to highlight how transport is failing many older people, and considered how we can ensure the transport of the future responds to ageing.

A guest blog from Trevor Llanwarne, former Government Actuary introduced his new booklet ‘Greater Savings for Retirement’, which uses behavioural insights to suggest policies relevant to regulation, legislation and taxation.

Brian Please from Equiniti has written on how nothing takes away from the need for guaranteed levels of income in retirement, and the merits of annuities despite their poor press. He also cited Equniti's sixth Annual Retirement Survey, which has evidenced change and trends to the issues relating not only to annuities, but to all things retirement too.

David Sinclair and Ben Franklin also addressed personal finances as they wrote about how population ageing may lead to rising wages, before reminding us of the economic challenges ageing poses.

Yvonne Sonsino, Partner and Innovation Leader at Mercer contributed to our 'Future of Ageing' series ahead of our conference on the 24th November. She described how there are new rules of living longer (eleven of them to be precise), and explained how the future of ageing holds more challenges than ageing itself.

You can access the ILC-UK blog here; and the ILC Global Alliance blog here. If you would like to write a guest blog for us, please contact us at events@ilcuk.org.uk.
 

Working with ILC-UK

PARTNERS PROGRAMME
We have revamped our ILC-UK Partners programme. Membership is open to companies and not for profit organisations.

Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti Paymaster, Legal & General, Retirement Advantage, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk. We are increasing the cost of our Partners Programme for new members in the Autumn so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in joining.

RESEARCH AND EVENTS
Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair, davidsinclair@ilcuk.org.uk.

PRESS
If you would like to receive ILC-UK press releases, please email events@ilcuk.org.uk and we will add you to our press release list.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is organising its first major all day conference on The Future of Ageing, on Tuesday 24th November 2015 in London.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Baroness Altmann (Minister or Pensions);
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser [GCSA] and Head of the Government Office for Science);
  • David 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);
  • Steve Groves (Chief Executive Officer at Partnership);
  • Professor Jane Elliott (Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council);
  • Steven Baxter (Partner, Hymans Robertson); and
  • Professor Ian Philp (Deputy Medical Director for Older People’s Care, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust) will be speaking at the conference.

The conference will be chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross (Chief Executive, ILC-UK) and Lawrence Churchill (Trustee, ILC-UK).

ILC-UK are grateful to McCarthy & Stone and Partnership for their sponsorship of this conference.

Bookings can be made through the ILC-UK website.

 

On Tuesday 29th September, ILC-UK and a number of our Partners, colleagues, friends and supporters were honoured to be hosted by Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street, for a reception in celebration of Baroness Greengross’ 80th birthday.

Samantha Cameron spoke about the importance of ILC-UK’s work, and noted that the challenges posed by an ageing population will affect all of us. She highlighted some of the issues that Government and civil society must address now to ensure a sustainable future and a high quality of life for all in later age, and notably discussed the need to address dementia.

Baroness Greengross described the event as an early celebration of the UN’s International Older Peoples’ Day on the 1st October. She mentioned how serious illness in our 50’s and 60’s has fallen, more older people are choosing to work longer, and more people are saving.

She also outlined the challenges an ageing population poses, and joined Samantha Cameron in calling for a continued collaborative effort to address dementia. She took the opportunity to thank all those in attendance for the vital contribution and support they provide to ILC-UK, and invited everyone to look to the future at ILC-UK’s Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November.

The deadline for our discounted early bird rates for the ILC-UK 'Future of Ageing' conference is fast approaching.

To ensure your organisation is represented, and at the discounted rate, register before the end of Wednesday 30th September. Do feel free to circulate this information to colleagues within your organisation if you think they might be interested in attending the conference on the 24th November.

'The Future of Ageing, an ILC-UK Conference' will be held on Tuesday 24th November at 20 Cavendish Square in London. Book your space now.
Early bird rates will end on Wednesday, 30th September.

Click here to book your early bird ticket

If you miss this deadline, don't panic. Provided the conference is not at capacity, tickets will still be available, but at the higher rate.

 

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone and Partnership 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.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, visit the ILC-UK website or contact Lyndsey Mitchell at ILC-UK on lyndseymitchell@ilcuk.org.uk.

  • The UK is home to some of the world’s leading innovation in healthcare but we can learn from successes in USA, India, Australia, Africa and Europe
  • ILC-UK urge health leaders to work to ensure that the £22bn savings being asked of the NHS act to stimulate not prevent innovation

The NHS should be supported to continue to invest in innovation in order to save more money in the long-term argues a major new report ‘Creating a sustainable 21st century healthcare system’ by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).

‘Creating a sustainable 21st century healthcare system’, sponsored by EY, is the first report in ILC-UK’s SOS 2020 Health series. It highlights how a ‘perfect storm’ of demographic and wider economic and social trends are converging to push up the cost of healthcare across the globe. The report showcases examples of innovation from across the world which could save lives and money if introduced more widely.

The UK’s healthcare system provides a third of the exemplary case studies showcased in the report, but the report suggests that more work needs to be done to share and spread innovation in the UK, and that there’s much to learn from other leading markets such as India, Australia, Europe and the US.

The report points out that the 15 million people who have a long term health condition account for 70% of the total health and care spend in England. Yet across Europe, on average only 3% of healthcare expenditure is allocated to prevention and public health programmes.

The NHS is committed to achieving £22bn efficiency savings through productivity gains of 2% or 3% a year between now and 2020. The ILC-UK research has shown this target will be very challenging without real innovation. The OBR highlight productivity in the health sector only rose by around 1% per annum on average between 1979 and 2010.
The report suggests that a concerted focus on innovation and prevention - developing more empowered health consumers, whilst also maximising the potential of big data - would help to deliver significant savings in the long-term.
Phase two of the report, due out in 2016, will model the impact of applying the leading global innovations showcased in the first report to new markets to highlight the potential global savings of sharing innovation.


Baroness Sally Greengross, ILC-UK Chief Executive said “Whilst innovation can save money in the long term, it requires up-front investment. And the nature of introducing new or dual systems can mean that for the first few years costs go up and services don’t improve.
The picture is not as bleak as it may sound however. Advances in health technology have the potential to significantly influence patient’s access to health care and the way that health care is delivered. Big data can revolutionise the way services are focussed on the individual.

But for us to maximise the potential we have to create a climate for innovation in the health service. We might also accept that if we are to innovate to reduce costs and improve services over the long term, public and private investment is vital. Government must ensure that the £22bn savings being asked of the NHS act to stimulate not prevent innovation.”

Shaun Crawford, EY Global Insurance Sector Leader said  “‘The report  has sourced a bank of robust innovative global case studies that demonstrate the potential to deliver better health outcomes and reduce costs across the world at a time of growing pressure on our health care systems. Empowering consumers and harnessing big data will be crucial to delivering long-term savings for the sector.”

Global health innovations

  • The ‘Stay on Your Feet’ programme in Australia is preventing falls among older people by targeting their knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, resulting in a 22% lower incidence of self-reported falls and a 20% decrease in fall-related hospitalisations.
  • Canterbury District in New Zealand has developed a vision of ‘one system, one budget’, bringing in experts to support clinicians to redesign care pathways and workflow. The result has been reduced admissions across acute care, as well as a 20% drop in nursing homes admissions.
  • Healthcare providers in South Central Pennsylvania  used ‘big data’ to identify ‘superutilisers’, then developed a coordinated care service for these people, resulting in inpatient admissions dropping by 34% after enrolment in the programme, equating to savings of $1,242,000 for 138 patients in 12 months.

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