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

The final ILC-UK update of 2014 brings you new reports, blogs and updates, along with information on upcoming ILC-UK events both confirmed and in the pipeline. It also brings you information about an ILC-UK workshop on Understanding Ageing.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015.

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Understanding Ageing - An ILC-UK one-day workshop

On Tuesday, 24th February 2015, ILC-UK will be holding its first one-day workshop, focusing on Understanding Ageing. The workshop is open to anyone who would like to gain a rapid introduction into ageing research and policy. It will help individuals and organisations to maximise their understanding of the impact of our ageing society.

Spaces are limited for this workshop. For more information, details of the cost to attend and how to register, please visit 'Understanding Ageing – A one day workshop' on the ILC-UK website.


ILC-UK Population Patterns Seminar Series

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

This series considered the evidence base of our changing demography and explored how policy-makers need to respond to demographic change.

It opened with 'The End of the Census', an exploration into how proposals to change the way we undertake our Census may impact on our ability to understand our future society. The debate fed into an ILC-UK response to the Census consultation.

The second event, 'Missing 90 year olds', explored how much we really know about life expectancy at the highest ages. The event was reported in This is Money and the Actuarial Post. A write-up from the event is available to download here.

We held the third event in The Dome at New Register House in Edinburgh where we discussed 'The demographic implications of Scottish independence'. We were delighted that Tim Ellis, Chief Executive of the National Records of Scotland, chaired the event. The event and the write-up, Scottish Independence. Charting the implications of demographic change was reported in The Scotsman, the Herald Scotland, and The Economic Voice.

We launched our second ILC-UK Factpack at the fourth event, which focused on 'Mapping Demographic Change', and at the event we heard from Gregg McClymont MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions. The publication was reported on and the FT Adviser.

The fifth event in the series was held at the European and Economic Social Committee in Brussels. During this event, we explored 'Europe’s ageing demography'. We welcomed Jean Lambert MEP, Fritz von Nordheim and Andrew Rear as speakers. During the event, we launched the first ILC-UK EU Factpack which was picked up by the Daily Express and the Telegraph.

The final event, held in the House of Lords, looked at 'Silver Separators', divorce later in life, where we heard from The Rt. Hon. Paul Burstow, amongst other speakers. We launched 'The rise and rise of the silver separator' written by Ben Franklin and Helen Creighton. The report was reported in the Financial Times, and the Express online.


ILC-UK Publications

Rising from the ashes: the role of older workers in driving Eurozone recovery
Harnessing the power of older workers is a vital component of any long-term strategy to rejuvenate economic growth across Europe. This report estimates that the Eurozone’s economy could lose one in six workers due to population ageing. It also shows that raising labour force participation rates amongst older age groups could make a significant difference to rates of economic growth over the next 40 years.

The Missing Million - Illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50s
Working with The Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) and Business in the Community, the ILC-UK have published a major new report about the challenges facing older workers, The Missing Million: illuminating the employment challenges for the over 50s. This is the first in a series of three reports being published on this topic over the next year.

Isolation: The emerging crisis for older men
This report highlights the growing generation of older men that are facing a future of increased isolation. The number of older men living alone is projected to rise by 65% between now and 2030. ILC-UK and Independent Age have conducted this research.

Public health responses to an ageing society: opportunities and challenges
This think piece, published by the ILC-UK, with the support of Sanofi Pasteur MSD, explores the extent to which England’s public health structures are able to respond to our ageing population after the radical reforms introduced by the Health and Social Care Act in 2012.

Europe’s Ageing Demography. An ILC-UK 2014 EU Factpack
The whole of Europe is going grey, but in Europe’s Ageing Demography we show that Eastern Europe will be hit the hardest by the brewing demographic storm. This is the first ILC-UK EU factpack.

New perspectives and approaches to understanding dementia and stigma
This new compendium of essays examines the social stigma which surrounds dementia, highlighting that stigma is impeding early diagnosis, care and research into the disease. This report shines a light on the impact the fear around dementia has on those living with the condition, and their families and carers, which prevents the research community from capturing a full picture of the disease.

Challenges in the new world of pensions
A Population Patterns Seminar Series brief, supported by Partnership. This brief explores the challenges posed by recent pension reforms.

The Age Audit: Delivering a business response to ageing
This report asks whether it is time to rethink our concept of retirement, and includes an 8-point action plan to support companies who want to respond to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. The Age Audit has been published by ILC-UK and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and states that unless businesses respond to ageing, the UK faces significant fiscal and economic challenges.

Getting Ready for Ageing: a manifesto for action
The Ready for Ageing Alliance has launched its manifesto for action, Getting Ready for Ageing. After previously releasing an eleven point prescription to help individuals prepare for ageing, the Ready for Ageing Alliance now calls on policymakers to wake up to both the challenges and opportunities that are arising from our ageing society.

End of Life Decisions: the information we need on the conversation that no one wants to have…

Human mortality remains at 100 percent; we all eventually die. Ideally, we should all be well informed on end of life choices and how we die should be in our control. This short ILC-UK briefing summaries the issues debated by Baroness Greengross' Expert Roundtable on End of Life.

The rise and rise of the silver separator
Growing divorce rates in old age could contribute to increasing isolation and a greater need for formal care, argues the ILC-UK. This briefing paper was launched at the final event in the ILC-UK Population Patterns Seminar Series.


ILC-UK Events

Research launch: Tackling consumer confusion and giving retirees what they want. How can the wishes of consumers be supported by the pension reforms?

Wednesday 14th January 2015; 08:30 (for 08:45 start) - 10:30; EY, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF

On 14th January 2015, ILC-UK will publish a major piece of qualitative and quantitative consumer research which explores how people might behave under the new policy framework and ascertain what their preferences are for taking an income in retirement and why.

Register to attend this event here.

Report Launch of the Enquiry into Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society

Tuesday 27th January 2015; 15:30 - 17:00; House of Lords

This event will launch an enquiry into Electrical Safety in an Ageing Society. The report is a culmination of extensive research, a ‘call’ for information, an evidence session attended by experts in the fields of housing and dementia, and a high-level review group.

Delegates are required to register if they would like to attend this event. To register, please click here.

Understanding Ageing – A one-day workshop

Wednesday 24th February 2015; 10:00 - 16:00; ILC-UK, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3QB

A one-day workshop to help individuals and organisations to maximise their understanding of the impact of our ageing society.

Spaces are limited for this workshop. For more information, details of the cost to attend and how to register, please visit 'Understanding Ageing – A one day workshop' on the ILC-UK website.

Other events in 2015

We will be holding a number of other events in 2015 that are currently in planning stages. These will be on a range of subjects, from transport in an ageing society to pensions.

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

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ILC-UK Blogs

The ILC-UK blog has played host to a wide range of topics in recent months. There have been blogs on everything from drink driving among women, in The Female Menace, to the opinions of older people on climate change, in Climate Change: an age old problem?.

We have run a number of pieces on the housing market in The downsizing double dividend, Let’s get Britain building and Government housing proposals let down todays and tomorrows older population.

We also published two pieces on the lack of comprehensive data on ageing, with Ken Bluestone’s guest blogs, Older people: the forgotten generation, and Out of the limelight: older people left in the shadows of the data revolution both addressing this important issue. Lyndsey Burton, Alan Marshall, James Nazroo and John Read have also contributed to guest blogs in What Pensions crisis? and How will the digital nature of Universal Credit affect older people?.

In Are we killing with kindness? David Sinclair wrote about the importance of physical activity and in 7 lessons from the Missing Million he summarised the recent ILC-UK report published in conjunction with PRIME and BITC. In The silent challenge: Overemployment facing the over 50s Ben Franklin addressed the problems faced by older workers and the blog has also featured a piece on the different experiences of ageing across the world, in There are some things money can’t buy.

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


New Additions to the ILC-UK Team

We are delighted to welcome Cesira Urzì Brancati to the ILC-UK team. Cesira joins us as Research Fellow from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. We are also delighted to announce that George Holley-Moore and Helen Creighton, both of whom joined ILC-UK in the second half of 2014, have been promoted to Research and Policy Assistants from January 2015.

More information about the ILC-UK team and our Board of Trustees is available on the ILC-UK website.


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, MGM 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.