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

We have hit the 2013 road running, with a number of upcoming events scheduled, and more in the pipeline. We have been working on a new factpack on 'Ageing, Longevity and Demographic Change', due to be launched soon; and are launching a Commission on 'Ageing and the Voluntary Sector' with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), that will provide long-term, strategic thinking on the implications of an ageing population on the voluntary sector.


ILC-UK Publications

The cost of our ageing society
Governments must do more to reduce the long term cost of ageing to the public purse argues a new policy report from the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).



Following a very popular and over-subscribed event in October, ILC-UK will be holding a follow-up event in Edinburgh on 'The cost of our ageing Society'  on the 20th February 2013.
Spaces for this event are limited, so please click here to register. We are pleased to confirm that speakers for this event include Philip Simpson and Emma McWilliam (Milliman); Kenneth Gibson MSP (Convenor, Scottish Parliament Finance Committee); Maureen O'Neill (EESC); and David Sinclair (ILC-UK).

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 2013. Further details about this event will be sent in due course.

Continue to check the ILC-UK events page for details of our upcoming events.


In Focus

Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector
ILC-UK and New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) are launching a Commission on 'Ageing and the Voluntary Sector' that will provide long-term, strategic thinking on the implications of an ageing population on the voluntary sector. The Commission will include leading thinkers, practitioners and policy-makers, and will be high-profile and influential. It will explore the future opportunities and challenges facing the sector as a result of an ageing population. NPC and ILC-UK are looking for corporate contributors for this two year multi-stakeholder Commission.  Through the Commission, businesses will remain current and relevant in the ageing debate; think long-term about the implications of ageing; and provide leadership in the voluntary sector. For more information, contact

Ageing, Longevity and Demographic Change: A factpack from the International Longevity Centre - UK 2013
A new factpack from ILC-UK will be published shortly summarising the state of demographic change and longevity in the UK. In this factpack we pull together statistics from public sources as well as our own work, on population ageing in the UK and the way in which this has affected:

  •     Social care needs
  •     Health
  •     Dementia
  •     Housing
  •     Transport
  •     Labour market participation
  •     Pensions
  •     Intergenerational Issues

It is aimed at anyone interested in accessing statistics on  population ageing and will act as a starting point for further research in this field. Data varies by year of publication but the most up-to-date has been used and the factpack will be updated periodically to reflect the release of new statistics. For more information, contact

International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the ILC-UK will hold an event to launch a compendium of essays on the subject of older women. Every year on the 8th March, actions, initiatives and events are launched across the globe to promote and recognise the contribution of women alongside observing and highlighting inequalities and associated issues.

With female only speakers at an Afternoon Tea event in the House of Lords on the 7th March 2013, we intend to launch a collection of essays around the topic ‘Ageing and Women: Has the sisterhood forgotten older women?’. If you would like further information on this compendium of essays or the event, please contact us at



Since the launch of some of the first census results late last year, ILC-UK have blogged on some of the findings and asked ‘How are we ageing?’. In response to the headlines on increases in migration, we talked about old age dependency ratios, and how high migration could see the UK doing better in the face of an ageing society as a result.

On the blog, we’ve responded to a number of other research launches, such as the most recent results from the National Well-being project, reporting for example that life satisfaction is highest and anxiety levels lowest for youngest and oldest age groups. We also brought you up to the minute tweets from @ILCUK on the launch of the 2012 Consumer Experience Report from Ofcom, and a subsequent blog on the main findings of that report. This blog highlights some interesting findings around the continuing slow migration of the offline-over 75s to the internet.

On the international side of things, we’ve reported back from a conference at the Japan Foundation, Intergenerational Conflict in Japan: The Duality of the Labour Market, highlighting differences in labour policies such as increases in state pension age between Japan and many European countries.

We’ve also been blogging on policy – exposing the sleight of hand on the Disabled Facilities Grant announced in December, and looking ahead to the introduction of the single tier pension and how it will support good saving behaviour.

We welcomed a guest blog from John Turner from Swiss Re, who looked at the implications for gender equality at older ages from an insurance perspective.

ILC-UK have also looked at some interesting lifestyle issues and older people, looking at how romance and sex in old age are often ignored or overlooked in society; and how problem-drinking goes underreported in older age groups.

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



Support Active Ageing through Immunisation (SAATI)
The Support Active Ageing through Immunisation (SAATI) working group, comprising of healthcare advocates and professionals, was established in late 2011, with the aim of promoting the development of improved adult immunisation strategies and policies across Europe. Through the engagement of stakeholders and policy makers, SAATI seeks to play a leading role in promoting pro-active discussions, at the European level, as to the value of an adult immunisation schedule.

For further information regarding this project, please contact David Sinclair or Trinley Walker


ILC-UK out and about

Our report on ‘The cost of our ageing society' attracted significant media attention and we gave around 20 local and national radio and TV interviews on the topic. The report also received a great deal of media attention. For example: - Governments ‘must wake up to’ the cost of longevity – think tank
FT Adviser - Wake-up to cost of longevity - thinktank
FT Adviser - Innovation lacking in care funding: report
CITY A.M - Think tank calls for extra years of work to beat costs of ageing


Working with ILC-UK

2013 ILC-UK events calendar
We are continuing to plan our 2013 events calendar. We hold approximately 20 events per year, from dinner and lunch debates to conferences for up to 150 delegates. If you are interested in working with us on a project or event in 2013, please email

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


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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.