Responding to news stories that the Government intends to reduce Pension Tax Relief, David Sinclair, Head of Policy and Research at the International Longevity Centre – UK, said:

“On the surface, proposals to curb tax relief on pensions for the richest in society seem fair. Over half of pension tax relief goes to higher rate taxpayers and a quarter goes to just 1% of the population with the highest income.

It would however be extremely dangerous if this money was taken completely out of the pension system. If we are to reduce pensioner poverty, we must better incentivise people to save and reduce the reliance on means tested support. The Government should invest savings into a developing decent universal basic state pension. If Government doesn’t invest in encouraging young people to save today, they will inevitably be paying more to pick up the tab for pensioner poverty in the future”

ILC-UK yesterday published a report, commissioned by poverty charity, Elizabeth Finn Care, which found that nearly two-thirds of people (65%) think that job creation should take precedence over reducing government debt. The report urged the Government to consider intergenerational fairness as it makes its decisions about spending cuts over the next week. The full results of the survey are available here.

The nationally representative telephone survey of 1000 UK adults aged 16+ was conducted between 1st and 3rd October 2010 by GfK.

Intergenerational Fairness and the Spending Review 2010 was published on Wednesday 13th October 2010 by the International Longevity Centre-UK, with the support of Elizabeth Finn Care. It analyses the potential impact of the spending review in the context of intergenerational fairness and sets there challenges for the Government ahead of the announcements on 20th October.

The three principles for maintaining intergenerational fairness set out in the report are:

  1. The Spending Review should impact fairly across different generations.
  2. The Spending Review should not exacerbate the causes of poverty in later life.
  3. The Spending Review should not undermine the drivers of increased longevity.


ILC-UK are once again looking for someone to speak for 10 minutes on the plenary platform in front of 250 people at our annual Future of Ageing Conference (29th November, London).

“Auto-enrolment has successfully led to millions more saving each month towards a pension, but the Committee is right to call for action to get people saving more. We are pleased they support our recommendations to consider automatic escalation of pension contributions for some individuals, and we agree that a strategy is needed to automatically-enrol the self-employed."

Dr Brian Beach, Senior Research Fellow at ILC-UK and who gave oral evidence to the Committee, welcomes the Committee’s call for stronger action by Government and EHRC and says it’s crucial that employers understand what ageism really is.

“The latest Fiscal Sustainability Report makes it very clear that we are facing an uncertain future. Demographic pressures are set to continue to dominate the agenda, with health, pension and adult social care spending all set to rise as a proportion of total GDP."

Are you looking for a short-term paid role in a think tank over the summer?
The independent think tank the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is seeking a summer intern to start on Monday 23 July. The intern would work 4 days a week for a period of 4 weeks, with the possibility of extension.

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