Season’s greetings from all of us at ILC-UK.

In this edition we cover:

  • ILC-UK Vacancy: Senior Researcher/ Policy Analyst
  • Dates for the Diary
  • New ILC-UK Publications
  • Current ILC Activities
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts
  • ILC-UK Out and About
  • 50,000 Policy and Research Downloads

ILC-UK Vacancy: Senior Researcher/ Policy Analyst

The ILC-UK needs a Policy Analyst with proven written skills to join our small research and policy team. This new and highly influential post will help the ILC-UK understand the policy and economic impact of longevity in an ageing society. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake statistical and economic analysis. An advantage would be to have a good understanding of policy issues relevant to longevity and forecasting the future e.g. pension reform and provision of social care. For more details see:

Dates for the Diary

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession are organising two joint debates on “The Economic Value of Healthy Ageing and Working Longer”. One will take place at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh on 17 February 2010 and one at the Institute of Actuaries, Staple Inn Hall, London on 3 March 2010. More details are available on our website at

If you would like to attend either event, please email please email, specifying whether you would like to attend the London or Edinburgh meeting.

New ILC-UK Publications

The ILC-UK was commissioned by the Department of Health to produce an independent report of the Ministerial Summit on Dementia Research. The report is now available on our website at:

The ILC-UK has published our notes of our Actuarial Profession debate on decumulation policy from 13th October 2009. The report is available here:

Recent ILC-UK Events

In addition to our recent events in conjunction with the Actuarial Profession, ILC-UK has hosted some roundtable debates with opinion formers and decision makers over recent months. Charlie Massey, who leads the DWP’s work on ageing, spoke at a dinner event on older workers kindly hosted by BT in November.

In addition, Mike Foster MP, Minister at the Government Equalities Office spoke at an ILC-UK Partners Breakfast on the subject of age proofing of goods and services. Mr Foster’s speech is now on the ILC-UK website at:

If you are interested in learning more about our Partnership Programme, please email Noreen Siba at: please email

New ILC-UK Blog Posts

We have published a number of new posts to the ILC-UK Blog. The posts are accessible through or via the links below:

Changing Size, Changing Transport?

The Impact of Location Based Services:

Cohousing from an intergenerational viewpoint:

ILC-UK Out and About

ILC-UK Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross has been involved in a number events. She has chaired several briefing sessions for Peers on the Equality Bill in partnership with both the business sector and the EHRC. She has spoken at a number of conferences including one on Engineering for a Safe and Healthy Ageing, run by Newcastle University, one on dementia run by a Hospice in Wolverhampton, 25 November, and one on Changing Size, Changing Transport organised by UCL, 26 November. She also chaired the Grandparents Summit for the DWP, 12 November and spoke for the EHRC at an NDTi event on communities, 18 November.

Sally recently introduced her first Private Members Bill on the 23 November about patient transport services.

ILC-UK Achieve 50,000 Research Downloads!

Since we launched our new website in 2007, we have achieved more than 50,000 document downloads. We have doubled the number of unique visitors and increased the number of page views by a multiple of four.

Without the support of our website sponsor, Legal and General, none of this would have been possible. We are very grateful for their ongoing support.

Over recent months we have been developing a new strategy to increase our web visibility even further. As you will be aware, we recently set up an ILC-UK presence on Twitter. This gives us the opportunity to receive updates on our work (alongside news on longevity and ageing policy) very quickly. We are seeing rapid growth in the number of ILC-UK “followers”.

And finally, we have also launched a presence on Facebook. Do become a fan at:

ILC-UK in the Media

ILC-UK issued a press release in advance of the Pre-Budget Report. Baroness Greengross called upon the Government to prioritise dementia research and social care funding. See our full release at:

Current ILC-UK Activities

Whilst we are a small team, we are currently working on a variety of research reports. We are working on, for example, projects on dementia, sponsored by Pfizer and a literature research on hydration sponsored by Eau de Vie and older consumers, for Age UK. If you would like more information or to be involved in these projects please do get in touch with us.

In addition, ILC-UK are currently seeking sponsorship for a number of potentially high profile research projects. If you would like more information about sponsorship of research, please contact David Sinclair at: please email


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.

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.

We are looking for an experienced, flexible and proactive candidate to support the Senior Management Team in managing the financials of the organisation.