In this edition we cover:

  • ILC-UK and the Spending Review
  • New ILC-UK Publications
  • ILC-UK responds to the Hutton Report
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts
  • New Staff Member
  • ILC-UK Out and About
  • Dates for the Diary
  • ILC-UK Online

ILC-UK and the Spending Review - Six in ten think spending cuts will hit older people more than other generations

A new report, published today by the ILC-UK, and sponsored by poverty charity, Elizabeth Finn Care, finds that nearly two-thirds of people (65%) think that job creation should take precedence over reducing government debt. The report urges the Government to consider intergenerational fairness as it makes its decisions about spending cuts over the next week.

In the report, ILC-UK sets out three principles for maintaining intergenerational fairness in relation to the Spending Review. First, it argues that it should impact fairly across different generations; second, that it should not exacerbate the causes of poverty in later life and lastly, it should not undermine the drivers of increased longevity.

Intergenerational Fairness and the Spending Review 2010

New ILC-UK Publications

Intergenerational Fairness and the Spending Review 2010

Osteoporosis in the UK at Breaking Point

Equality and Diversity and Older People with High Support Needs

Pensions reform after the election: can consensus be maintained?

The Future of Health

ILC-UK responds to the Hutton Report

ILC-UK has responded to the interim report of the Independent Public Sector Pensions Commission. Chief-Executive Baroness Sally Greengross said:
"ILC-UK welcomes the publication of the interim report. Public sector pensions are a huge challenge within an ageing society. It is right that the coalition government addresses this challenge urgently, in an objective manner and based on evidence. In particular, we welcome the commitment to protect pensioners' accrued rights. However, using higher contributions from today's public sector workforce to fund exisiting entitlements risks undermining intergenerational fairness."

Our response is published in full in an article by Dr Craig Berry, Senior Researcher at ILC-UK and former Policy Advisor on pensions at HM Treasury
Hutton Review: showing promise but must try harder

New ILC-UK Blog Posts

“No-one should go hungry” - Community meals week seeks to raise awareness of malnutrition (Rebecca Taylor)

ILC-UK at the European Health Forum Gastein: a holistic approach to healthy ageing (Rebecca Taylor)

Hutton Review: showing promise but must try harder (Craig Berry)

A lack of panorama in the BBC’s pensions analysis (Craig Berry)

ILC-UK at the Lib Dem Party Conference: Physical and mental health for a healthier economy
(Rebecca Taylor)

Royal Mail privatisation: public sector pensions claim another victim
(Craig Berry)

Retirement RIP? (David Sinclair)

Confused About Care (David Sinclair)

Last of the positive role models? (Craig Berry)

New Staff Member

We are excited to announce a new staff member, Dylan Kneale as a Senior Researcher. Dylan completed his PhD in Demography and Social Research at the Institute of Education (University of London) in 2009, where his thesis examined transitions to parenthood using data from the British birth cohort studies. He recently completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the same institution. Dylan also has an MSc in Demography (University of London) and a BSc in Anthropology. He has worked as a Senior Researcher at the Prince’s Trust, Treasurer for Youth Express Network and consultant for a number of organisations. Dylan is particularly interested in the timing, sequence and context of lifecourse transitions; longitudinal analysis; and housing and neighbourhoods.

ILC-UK Out and About

ILC-UK Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross, continues her role as Lead Commissioner on the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the human rights of older people requiring or receiving care and support. She also continues to chair Westminster City Council’s Social Care Commission.

In Parliament, Sally has spoken in several short debates including one on the role of the charitable sector in strengthening civil society and one on the assessment of the role of allied health professionals in maintaining the health and social well-being of people with long-term neurological conditions. On the 21 October Sally will ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that people get value for money when purchasing a pension annuity.

Sally has attended and spoken at several important events and conferences recently. Sally attended and spoke at the World Demographic & Ageing Forum’s 6th World Ageing & Generations Congress 2010 from the 25-27 August. She was involved in three special sessions: Ageing and Development – Policy to Practice; Ageing and Healthcare Reform in the US, the UK and The Netherlands; and the Challenges of Acceptability of Vaccination in the Silver Population. She spoke at the ‘Impact of the Equality Act on Housing’ conference; attended a roundtable meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine on Continence Care; spoke with Steve Webb MP, Minister of State for Pensions at Age Concern Hampshire’s AGM; and at the Housing 21 conference on ‘Delivering the National Dementia Strategy in London’.

Baroness Greengross and Noreen Siba, Managing Director, ILC-UK will be attending the AGM of the ILC Global Alliance later this month. The meeting will involve a symposium on dementia and a dinner debate on 'Narrowing World Health Disparities and Longevity'.

Dates for the Diary

ILC-UK Debate: "The impact of localism on the homes and communities of older people” Supported by Anchor and Audley

For many years, advocates of empowerment and engagement have argued that decision making should be as local as possible. The new Government aiming to put localism at the heart of community decision making. This debate will be held on 29th November and consider the impact of localism on the homes and communities of older people. Speaking at the debate will be Jane Ashcroft (Anchor); Nick Sanderson (Audley); Sue Adams (Care and Repair England); Gemma Bradshaw, (Age UK); and Julian Dobson (NS +). Professor Elizabeth Burton will present the findings of IDGO 2 (inclusive design for getting outdoors).

If you would like to attend this event, please email Please state the name and date of the event in your email.

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession in partnership with Age UK. joint debate: The older consumer

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession, in Partnership with Age UK, are organizing a debate on “The Older Consumer” on 23 November 2010. ILC-UK will present a new piece of research which will be published with the support of Age UK. Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, will respond to the research ahead of a panel debate.

If you would like to attend this event, please email Please state the name and date of the event in your email.

ILC-UK and Actuarial Profession Joint debate: The economics of preventative health

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession, supported by Sanofi Pasteur MSD, are organizing a debate on “The Economics of Preventative Health” on 3 November 2010. This debate will examine the role of preventative healthcare in keeping older people, in particular older workers, in good health including whether this is practical and cost effective and what it means for employers and the economy. Please note that places are limited so if you would like to attend this event, please email

If you would like to attend this event, please email Please state the name and date of the event in your email.

ILC-UK Online

The most popular publications downloaded from the ILC-UK website this year are:

  1. Integrated Care: a Guide for Policymakers
  2. Obesity in the UK
  3. The Fictions, Facts and Future of Older People and Technology
  4. A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved? Dementia: Learning Opportunities from Europe
  5. The Future of Retirement

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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.

New research ‘An Economic Analysis of Flu Vaccination’ paints a picture of lives saved and costs averted, but more needs to be done to increase uptake

Ben Franklin, Assistant Director of Research and Policy comments on the role of public policy, industry and consumer bodies in assisting the regulator to protect consumers.

On 19th June entries opened for the Innovating for Ageing initiative, a competition to identify solutions to the challenges facing vulnerable consumers.

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and Just Group have analysed the submissions and created a shortlist to take forward that helps deal with ageing issues such as cognitive decline, failing physical health, loneliness and digital exclusion.

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