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ILC-UK Population Patterns Series

Six seminars will be held over the next twelve months

November 2013
'The End of the Census'
chaired by Norma Cohen of the FT will explore the impact of the proposed changes to the census on public policy.


March 2014
'Missing 90 year olds'
will consider how reliable the estimates of the number of oldest old in the UK are, and what the policy implications might be.


May 2014 - Edinburgh
'The demographic implications of Scottish independence'
will explore the different demographic makeup of Scotland compared to England and the rest of the United Kingdom in the run up to the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.


July 2014
'Partnership ILC-UK 2014 factpack launch'
will outline the latest evidence about our changing ageing society.


August 2014
'Silver separators'
will consider the impact of growing divorce rates in old age alongside the trend of declining average household size.


October 2014 -  Brussels
'Europe’s ageing demography'
will launch the first ILC-UK European factpack and explore the policy implications of Europe’s changing demography across Europe.


Over the next 12 months, ILC-UK, supported by the specialist insurance company, Partnership Assurance Group plc, plans to undertake a series of events to explore the impact of demographic change on public policy.

This new ILC-UK Population Patterns Seminar Series will consider the evidence base of our changing demography and explore how policy-makers need to respond to demographic change.

ILC-UK argues that demographic changes create significant long term challenges for Governments. Previous ILC-UK work on the Cost of Ageing has highlighted the projected growth in age related expenditure on health, care and pensions. It also highlighted the need for Government to do more to maximise the economic contribution of older people in light of demographic change.

The announcement of the series has come as new statistics published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in November revealed that: 
  • The number of state pensioners will increase by around one third between 2012 and 2037 (to 16.1 million)
  • The average age will increase rises from 39.7 years in 2012 to 42.8 by mid-2037
  • By 2037, the number of working-age people for each person of state retirement age will fall to 2.7 from the current 3.2
  • The number of those aged over 80 will double over 25 years to 6.2m people
  • The number of women aged 105 and older will rise almost 10-fold to 3,404
Announcing the series, Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of ILC-UK said:
“Over recent years we have seen very positive policy movements in terms of tackling the challenges of pensions and social care facing older people today. Our ageing society however, requires politicians and Government to look much further ahead than their political tenure. As politicians we all have a responsibility to plan for the future. Yet I fear our collective failure to respond to the long term demographic challenges will have devastating economic and social consequences. Now is the time for Government and all the main political parties to work together and create a cross party Commission on demographic change.”
Richard Willets, Director of Longevity at Partnership, comments:
“While there is much recognition that the UK population is ageing, there is still a great deal of work to be done on understanding what the statistics mean for society as a whole and whether the data we collect at the moment is best suited to tackling these challenges. Partnership is delighted to be working with the ILC-UK to explore some of these issues going forward.”
Individuals interested in attending or participating in any of these events should contact ILC-UK at


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