Welcome to the April edition of the ILC-UK update

Since our February updated, we have published two new reports, opened registration for the second annual Future of Ageing Conference, given oral evidence to a parliamentary Inquiry and participated in a live TV debate on the State Pension age.

On Thursday 17th March Ben Franklin, ILC-UK's Head of Economics of Ageing presented our response to the 2016 Budget in the House of Lords. The slides presented at the event, supported by our Partners Programme are now available to download here.

ILC-UK establish high level alcohol Inquiry and call for written evidence

The Drink Wise Age Well partnership of leading national alcohol and ageing charities have launched an Inquiry, led by the ILC-UK into alcohol-related harm amongst the over 50s.

Each year we will hold an Inquiry on a key theme pertaining to alcohol and the over 50s and for 2016, we aim to explore and consider employment.

The 2016 Inquiry will focus on three key areas: alcohol and over 50s seeking employment; alcohol and over 50s currently in employment; and alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement.

We are inviting submissions of written evidence for one, two or all of the three key areas.

For more information on how to submit written evidence to the Inquiry, please click here.

The Inquiry will also be holding three oral evidence sessions. For more information about the oral evidence sessions and to register to attend as an audience member, please click here.

ILC-UK give evidence to the Work and Pension Committee's Intergenerational Fairness Inquiry

Click the image to see ILC-UK's Head of Economics of Ageing
Ben Franklin give evidence to the Intergenerational Fairness Inquiry

As part of the Work and Pensions Select Committee's Inquiry into Intergenerational Fairness, ILC-UK's Head of Economics of Ageing, Ben Franklin, gave oral evidence to the committee on Wednesday 16th March.

To view the transcript of the oral evidence session, please click here.

ILC-UK Publications

Tomorrow's World: The Future of Ageing in the UK

What might the future of ageing look like? Will we live longer, healthier and wealthier lives, or will there be too little for too many? Using data featured in the expert testimony delivered at the 2015 Future of Ageing conference, this report describes the future challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing population.

The Future of Private Pension Saving

The Future of Private Pension Saving, kindly supported by Age UK, brought together Parliamentarians, business, academics and industry experts to discuss how best the UK Government can incentivise private pension saving.

ILC-UK Events

Drink Wise, Age Well Inquiry - Alcohol and Employment in the Over 50s Population
Monday, 18th April; Friday, 6th May; Monday, 23rd May 2016

ILC-UK, supported by the Drink Wise, Age Well partnership of alcohol and ageing charities and academic institutions from across the UK will lead a high level Inquiry into the relationship between alcohol and employment in the over 50s population in the UK. The Inquiry aims to reach out and engage with a wide cross section of stakeholders and generate wider political public awareness, understanding and traction on this issue.

The Inquiry will be held over three dates with each session focussing on a different theme. For more information, and to register to attend any of the sessions, please click here.

Roundtable Discussion: Means Testing of Adult Social Care in England
Tuesday, 26th April

Professor Les Mayhew of Cass Business School has drafted a new paper on the topic of means testing of adult social care. ILC-UK will be launching the paper with Professor Mayhew later in the year, but ahead of the launch, we will be holding a roundtable discussion to allow contributors to provide expert input on the draft paper as well as comment on the recommendations.

This is an invitation only roundtable discussion, but if you are interested in more information please contact

Unequal Ageing: The Future of State Pension Age and Inequalities in Life Expectancy
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016

ILC-UK and Cass Business School host a private debate and reception, supported by the ILC-UK Partners Programme and hosted by Prudential.

During the debate, Cass Business School's Professor Les Mayhew will present new research revealing that the life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest has begun to increase. Following the presentation, respondents from the ILC-UK, industry and the voluntary sector will explore how public policy should best respond to the growing inequality.

Spaces for this event are very limited. To register to attend, please click here.

Second National Retirement Income Summit
Friday, 10th June 2016

ILC-UK's Second National Retirement Income Summit will take place on Friday, 10th June 2016, and is hosted by the Chartered Insurance Institute. For more information about the Summit, including details on the current policy landscape, the agenda and confirmed speakers, please follow the link below.

The Summit is now fully booked. To join the waiting list, please click here.

The Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference
Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The annual Future of Ageing conference assembles experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.

Confirmed speakers for the 2016 Future of Ageing conference include The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Cantebury 1991-2002; Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing; George Magnus, Economist and Author of The Age of Aging (2008), and; Dr Maragaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health.

For more information about the 2016 Future of Ageing conference, including details on our early bird rates, please click here.

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our February update, we have published a summary of our press highlights from the first quarter of 2016, 'ILC-UK in the news - January, February and March' including links to stories featuring ILC-UK research.

In February we published a three part special Valentine's Day series on sex and love in later life: 'Sexual desire and sexual activities in later life', 'Finding Love in later life', and 'Rethinking relationships in later life', which all provide new insights based on analysis of data from the English Longitudinal Survey.

We also published two expert guest blogs: 'Just lie to yourself: the (real) secret to longer life' by Dr Austen Hayes, Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and a piece by Jennifer Noel of Compassion in Dying on their new website designed to allow people to draft a free Advance decision.

On the 4th April, the 10th anniversary of the final report of the Pension Commission, ILC-UK published new analysis in 'Pension Commission:10 years on', and called for the Government to introduce a new cross party Pension Commission.

To visit the ILC-UK blog, please click here.

Working with ILC-UK


Membership of our Partners Programme is open to companies and not for profit organisations. Benefits of membership include: a discount on research, guaranteed spaces at events, your logo on 3 events and 3 reports per year, and advanced copies of ILC-UK research. We also provide information and advice consultancy services to our Partners and organise exclusive events.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Equiniti Paymaster, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair,

Research and events produced by ILC-UK are made possible by funding from various sources. If you are interested in commissioning ILC-UK research or supporting an ILC-UK event, please contact David Sinclair,

If you would like to receive ILC-UK press releases, please email and we will add you to our press release list.


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.