Welcome to the April edition of the ILC-UK newsletter.

With Spring struggling to stay on Mother Nature's good side, we at ILC-UK have been keeping ourselves warm and busy with events, blogs, and an exceptionally well received Compendium of Essays published on International Women's Day.


ILC-UK Publication

Has the Sisterhood forgotten older women?
A Compendium of Essays highlighting the challenges and opportunities of ageing for women, launched in celebration of International Women’s Day 2013.
This collection draws together 38 essays penned by a variety of high profile authors, including politicians, policy-makers, academics and campaigners. The essays debate the opportunities and challenges for older women at the national and global level, exploring diverse subjects.

Following the launch, Baroness Greengross was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. To listen to the interview, click here.



ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession debate “Public Service and Demographic Change”, supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation
We are pleased to announce that Lord Filkin, chair of the House of Lords Public Service and Demographic Change committee, will be speaking at an upcoming ILC-UK event on the 23rd April.
Lord Filkin will be presenting the findings of the committee's report, published on the 14th March, at this joint debate with the Actuarial Profession. ILC-UK are grateful to Joseph Rowntree Foundation for their support of this event.
Due to an overwhelming response to this invitation, this event is now at capacity. However, we are operating a waiting list. Please add your details to our waiting list here.

Meeting the challenge of an ageing population: Improving the evidence base for social care in later life
On the 30th April, ILC-UK and the University of Southampton, will be hosting a private Afternoon Tea Reception in the House of Lords to showcase ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in the field of social care using policy-modelling tools at the University of Southampton, which is informing policy and shaping practice.
If you would like to receive some more information about the event, please contact us at

Adult Vaccination
ILC-UK are currently working on a policy paper which explores how we can better promote vaccination as a tool for healthy ageing across the lifecourse. We will be holding a small focus group in London on the 23rd May to discuss our initial ideas.
If you would like to join us at this event, please get in touch with Trinley Walker at

2013 ILC-UK events calendar
We have a large number of plans for 2013 events. We hold approximately 20 events per year, from dinner and lunch debates to conferences for up to 150 delegates. We are currently planning our events at this autumn’s party conference events.
If you are interested in working with us on a project or event in 2013, please email Lyndsey Mitchell at


In Focus

Launch of the Older Women’s Policy and Research Action Alliance
Following the successful launch of our compendium Has the Sisterhood forgotten older women? to celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we are now looking for members and supporters for our Older Women’s Policy and Research Action Alliance.

After the tremendous enthusiasm and support expressed for this subject – 38 essays submitted to the Compendium – an oversubscribed launch event in the House of Lords and national coverage in the Telegraph, Independent and Daily Mail - we would like to continue this journey and deliver real solutions to improve the lives of older women in the UK.

We will be holding our launch event and working meeting at the end of June (date to be confirmed) in a central London venue. The first part of the event will include invited speakers from Government and an invited representative from Labour’s Commission on Older Women and the second part of the day will be dedicated to group discussions on selected themes from the Compendium, including work and finances and health, social care and caring. An agenda will be circulated nearer the time.

To register to attend the launch and working meeting, please contact: We are also looking for sponsorship for this Alliance and event, for further information please contact:

ILC-UK Care Funding Advice Network
April sees the launch of the ILC-UK Care Funding Advice Network which will be led by Nick Kirwan. Nick recently represented the financial services industry on developing the White Paper, Caring for our Future, and is ideally placed to lead our initiative. Our aim is to ensure that the draft legislation results in care self-funders getting regulated financial advice on how best to meet the cost of their care. We would be delighted to hear from interested parties who would like to work with ILC-UK on this key issue.
For further information, please contact



Recently, ILC-UK have been blogging in response to new stories, such as the publication of the Francis Report, on the role of nutrition in good care and on what good quality social care looks like (from Margaret Blake).

Alongside the great success of the launch of our Compendium of Essays, Has the Sisterhood forgotten older women?, we are publishing more on ageing and gender in a series of blogs. We have already heard from Jane Silk on marketing to older women (or the lack thereof) and from Drs Linda Thomson and Helen Chaterjee of UCL, with more to come in the series. Keep an eye out for these blogs on Fridays over the next few weeks.

In response to the House of Lords report Ready for Ageing, the ILC-UK blog saw a number of blogs responding to the issues raised by the Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change. Contributors included Caroline Abrahams from Age UK, Jim Boyd from Partnership, as well as Paul Teverson from McCarthy and Stone writing on the housing elements of the debate, and Charles Musselwhite from the University of the West of England raising some of the transport issues.

Elsewhere, we’ve published posts on long term saving across Europe (also featured on the ILC Global Alliance website), equity release and even issued a call for research participants for a study on discrimination against LGBT people in End of Life Care.

If you would like to write a guest blog for us, please contact


ILC-UK out and about

Public Service and Demographic Change Committee
In March, the House of Lords' Public Service and Demographic Change Committee published its report. The report echoes many of the recommendations that ILC-UK have made over recent years. Our response attracted news coverage in national and trade press including The Sun, The Mail Online and BBC News. Our press release welcoming the report can be found here. Our chief executive Baroness Greengross gave oral evidence to the Committee last year. Our written submission to the Committee can be found here.


Working with ILC-UK

The ILC-UK Partnership Programme
The ILC-UK Partnership Programme is a unique opportunity for the corporate sector to benefit directly from the work streams, research and policy networks of the only UK think-tank dedicated to addressing longevity, ageing and population change. For more information, and to view a list of our current Partners, click here.

If you are interested in becoming an ILC-UK Partner, please contact the ILC-UK Managing Director, Noreen Siba, at


New data analysis reveals the vast market for health apps – including the 760,000 ‘living fast, dying young’ under 40s who smoke, drink frequently, have a smart phone and regularly use the internet.

We are recruiting for a temporary Events Coordinator to coordinate and support our busy events calendar for the remainder of 2018, build on our external communications and assist the Head of External Affairs on communications around our Future of Ageing conference.

New international report explores the relationship between life expectancy and productivity in developed countries.

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.