Welcome to the August edition of the ILC-UK Update.

At the end of November, we will be holding a one-day conference titled The Future of Ageing, We are delighted that Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser [GCSA] and Head of the Government Office for Science) and Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies) will be speaking at the conference. More information about this is included below. Register soon to benefit from the early bird rates.

In July, we launched our 2015 factpack, 80 at Eighty, which was inspired by our Chief Executive Baroness Sally Greengross' 80th Birthday.

Previous ILC-UK research continues to appear in the press; this month our research was quoted in an article on divorce in later life in The Telegraph, a story about older drivers in The Daily Mail and an article on Government investment into driverless cars on Yahoo

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Registration is now open for our 2015 conference.
Early Bird rates currently available

The Future of Ageing - ILC-UK 2015 Conference

Tuesday, 24th November 2015; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start) – 17:00
20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

You are invited to attend the ILC-UK Conference, The Future of Ageing, on Tuesday 24th November 2015 in London.
During the conference, we will paint a picture of the future of ageing and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead. Through our unique lifecourse focus we will explore the potential impact of ageing not just on today’s older population, but also on tomorrows.
We will explore five key areas:

  • The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in an ageing society
  • The future of retirement income: Wealthy pensioners or persistent poverty?
  • The future of our economy in an ageing society: Adapting our economy to ageing?
  • The future of our built environment in an ageing society.
  • The future of ageing research

We are delighted to confirm that Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser [GCSA] and Head of the Government Office for Science) and Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies) will be speaking at the conference.

We are currently offering early bird rates until the end of August.
£150+VAT - Charity / Not for Profit / Students / Lecturers / Individuals
£200+VAT - Corporate

To benefit from these rates now, please visit the ILC-UK website.
The Future of Ageing - Early bird rates

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone and Partnership for their sponsorship of this conference.

We are still accepting further sponsorship for the conference and packages include:

  • Exhibition space
  • Advertisement space in the conference brochure
  • Promotional materials in delegate packs

We are also happy to work with organisations to create bespoke packages. Please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on or 0207 340 0440 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.


European Adult Immunisation Hub

ILC-UK plan to launch an online European Adult Immunisation Hub in the autumn.

The online hub, supported by Pfizer, will provide a platform for materials to discuss the role of adult immunisation in supporting healthy ageing. ILC-UK will be collating interviews and blogs as well as promoting evidence and news on adult immunisation.

For more information or if you would like to contribute content, please contact David Sinclair (

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ILC-UK Publications

Opportunity Knocks: Designing Solutions for an Ageing Society
This report, which highlights the vital role of good design, technology and innovation, is a collaboration between the ILC-UK, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre.

Summer Budget 2015: ILC-UK Policy Briefing
The Conservative’s first Budget as the majority party since 1996 was not without incident or surprise. This short briefing outlines the ILC-UK response to the announcements.

80 at Eighty. An ILC-UK factpack
Inspired by ILC-UK Chief Executive and founder, Baroness Sally Greengross, who turned 80 on the 29th of June this year, we have launched our new factpack, '80 at Eighty' giving 80 facts about life in your 9th decade.

At a cross-roads: understanding the future likelihood of low incomes in old age
In this new White Paper for the ILC-UK Centre for Later Life Funding we argue that “Recent successes in poverty reduction at older ages could be reduced to a footnote in history” in the absence of a long term strategy for later life funding.

Avoiding the demographic crunch: Labour supply and the ageing workforce
This new study by the CIPD, in collaboration with ILC-UK, reveals that the UK could face serious skills shortages over the next 20 years if employers don’t change their approach to workforce planning as our population ages and demand for certain services rises.

The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society
This project from ILC-UK and Age UK sets out the key transport challenges that are arising from the UK’s ageing population.


ILC-UK Events

Village Life: Independence, Loneliness, and Quality of Life in Retirement Villages with Extra Care

Wednesday 19th August 2015; 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) – 18:00
followed by a drinks reception; London, SW1

On the 19th August, we will be holding a launch event of a new research report “Village life” which considers the impact of retirement villages on independence, loneliness and quality of life of residents.

The report incorporates a survey of residents and compares the sample with a comparable group of non-residents living in private housing.

The report has been produced with the support of Bupa and Audley. Anchor provided additional survey respondents.

During the launch, Brian Beach, Research Fellow at ILC-UK, will present the findings of the research and Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley, and Jeremy Porteus, Director of Housing LIN, will respond.

This event is now at capacity with a long waiting list. If you have registered to attend but are no longer available, please let us know and we will release your space to someone on the waiting list.


ILC-UK and University of Manchester dinner debate - ‘Can integrated health and social care save money and improve services?’ supported by Independent Age.

Sunday 4th October; 18:30 (for a 19:00 dinner) – 21:00
Manchester (outside the secure zone)

In early 2015 it was announced that Greater Manchester will become the first region in England to gain full control of health spending, with 10 local authorities taking over a combined health and social care budget of approximately £6 billion.

This innovation in health care is a good opportunity to achieve joined up health and social care, a move which could improve financial sustainability of health systems as well as improving the health and wellbeing of populations.

This policy has the potential to improve the success of health innovations which have a focus on prevention. The priorities and responsibilities of local government are markedly different from central government, as it is local councils that fund other areas which may benefit from a preventative approach to health care, for example social care, housing and leisure facilities. There is therefore a direct economic interest for local authorities to, for example, delay admission into care homes, or reduce childhood obesity.

The reforms in Manchester provide a positive opportunity to take a preventative approach to health care, and are a significant opportunity to meet the challenge of the big, cross-sectional challenges resulting from demographic change.

But will the reforms deliver their promise? During this dinner debate we will consider

  • How can we ensure the devolution of health spending results in increasing focus on preventative health?
  • How can we maximise improvements in health and social care whilst also saving money?
  • How will we know if the Manchester initiative has succeeded? How should we measure success?
  • Where next for integration between health and social care?

This is a private, invitation only, dinner debate. For more information, please contact


Other events in 2015

We continue to hold various events throughout the year. These are on a range of subjects, from transport in an ageing society to pensions to dementia.

To keep up-to-date with ILC-UK events, please continue to check the ILC-UK website on a regular basis. Public events will also be advertised to our mailing list.

If you have received this newsletter via a colleague and are not currently registered on our mailing list, you can do so by emailing us at, or by visiting


ILC-UK Blogs

Since our last newsletter we have posted a number of interesting blogs on our website.

David Sinclair wrote a piece on The future of long term care spending in the UK. The post highlights the relatively small proportion of GDP which is spent on long term care in the UK, and warns of the false economy of squeezing social care budgets, in that it simply increases healthcare costs. This month has also seen David, in his post titled Lifelong Learning, write about the potential impact that cuts to spending on adult learning may have, with a focus on the UK’s productivity problem.

Following on from the launch of an ILC-UK report on innovation and technology in an ageing society, in Opportunity Knocks Helen Creighton writes that without improved productivity growth, healthcare spending as a percentage of GDO could more than double by 2064.

Riah Wilkinson wrote about Gill Pharaoh, a palliative care nurse, and her decision to opt for assisted suicide over growing old.

July has also published two guest blogs. John Lawson from Aviva wrote a piece on How to incentivise pension saving, arguing that using simple and familiar messages would make the concept easier to understand, such as rebranding tax relief as the Government contribution to pension saving. Kirsty Woodard write about The challenges of ageing without children, focusing on issues such as finance, management of money, low level support and a lack of an obvious power of attorney.

You can access the ILC-UK blog here; and the ILC Global Alliance blog here. If you would like to write a guest blog for us, please contact us at


Working with ILC-UK

We have revamped our ILC-UK Partners programme. Membership 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, Legal & General, Retirement Advantage, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the new Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair, We are increasing the cost of our Partners Programme for new members in the Autumn so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in joining.

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,

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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.