With a busy June ahead and the sun finally looking like it is making an effort to shine, we bring you the June edition of the ILC-UK newsletter.


ILC-UK Publications

Tales of the Tallyman: Debt and problem debt among older people
Debt has often been seen as an issue affecting younger people, with limited attention paid to older people in debt or who are overindebted. In new analyses of British and English data, ILC-UK explore debt and problem debt affecting older people, and its impact on their lives. This report was kindly supported by Age UK as part of the Age UK fellowship.
Launched at an event this morning, delegates heard from keynote speaker Dr Stella Creasy MP; one of the report's authors, Dr Dylan Kneale; along with Brian Calvert from Age UK Croydon; and Sally West from Age UK.

Extending working lives: a provocation
Despite nearly a million people aged 65+ now in employment, the gap between effective retirement age and state pension age remains a drag on the UK economy, which will be exacerbated further by population ageing.
The full report is available to download on the ILC-UK website.

Downsizing in later life and appropriate housing size across our lifetime
A think piece calling for a fresh look at under-occupation and housing in later life. This think piece is one of series produced for the Hanover@50 debate.
It laments the refusal of many people aged over 65 to recognise they are ageing, aggravated by a misinterpretation of ‘ageing in place’ in the UK.
To download the think piece, please visit the ILC-UK Website.



20th June 2013 - Working longer: an EU perspective
European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels; Revised time - 13:30 (for a 14:00 start) - 16:45

As Europeans continue to live longer than ever, and are increasingly living healthier lives, many are also able to carry on working for longer. However, there remain a number of barriers facing those individuals who wish to stay in employment, including unfavourable working conditions, age discrimination and forced retirement.

The event will take the form of a panel discussion featuring  Oscar Vargas (Eurofound), David Lain (University of Brighton), Claire Talbot (Department for Work and Pensions, UK) and Rebecca Taylor MEP, with other speakers to be confirmed.

We only have a few more spaces available for this event. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

16th July 2013 - 'Widening choices for people with high support needs', an ILC-UK, JRF, NDTi and Community Catalysts joint event
ILC-UK, Westminster, London; 16:00 (for a 16:30 start) - 18:30

This event draws on the recent JRF-funded study ‘Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs’, carried out by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Community Catalysts, which explores the options available for re-crafting support networks for older people in Britain. It will analyse not only the formal options available, for example Shared Lives, Homeshare, Time Banks, but also the important role played by informal care arrangements built on mutual and reciprocal support between older people and their friends and family.

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

2013 ILC-UK events calendar
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 or early 2014, please email Lyndsey Mitchell at


In Focus

Ready for Ageing Alliance
Following the publication of the Ready for Ageing Report on 14th March 2013, ILC-UK have teamed up with six other charities to urge the Government to respond positively to the report.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance has written to the Prime Minister calling on the government to take heed of the report’s warnings that the country is currently “woefully unprepared” for the ageing of its population.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance is organising meetings with government and with journalists over the next couple of months. We are planning a series of events including a presence at the Party Conferences. The Alliance has recently expanded with the addition of Alzheimer’s Society and Carers UK to the team.  For more information contact David Sinclair.

Adult Immunisation in the UK – Focus Group Discussion
On May 23rd ILC-UK hosted a focus group discussion that focussed on adult immunisation policy in the UK. The discussions examined adult vaccination through the lens of healthy ageing, asking whether current policy provision is adequate and what we could do further to promote adult vaccination. The session was attended by a variety of stakeholders and experts including academics, immunisation leads from within primary health care, individuals from the charity sector and also relevant industry representatives.

The fruitful discussions that took place will now feed into a policy report on adult vaccination that the ILC-UK will publish in the autumn, to coincide with the release of the SAATI (Support Active Ageing through Immunisation) report card on adult vaccination within the EU.

ILC-UK is a founding member of the SAATI alliance, a pan-European working group dedicated to providing a pro-active discussion on adult immunisation at an EU-level.

Housing for older people globally: What are the best practices? An ILC Global Alliance Discussion Paper
This Discussion Paper collates the findings of 10 ILCs within the ILC Global Alliance on the subject of housing for older people. Coordinated by Monica Ferreira, Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance and President of ILC-South Africa, the research was commissioned to analyse the different policies used globally to provide housing for older people and to illicit best practice examples. The paper intends to begin filling in the gaps of knowledge and spark debate on the subject of shelter for older people.

The discussion paper and individual country papers are available to download from the ILC Global Alliance website, and we encourage readers to please join the discussion.



Recently, we’ve been blogging about news stories on the concerns older people have on the cost and complexity of energy efficiency schemes and on the announcement of the introduction of a new adult vaccination for shingles and our ongoing work on lifecourse vaccination.

If you missed out on our event ‘Public Service and Demographic Change’ featuring Lord Filkin presenting on the findings of the House of Lords’ Public Service and Demographic Change committee, you can read the ILC-UK live blog of the debate. We also heard from one of our panellists, Claire Turner from JRF, with her response to the report.

We’ve been continuing our guest blogs with thoughts from Chris Harding at Broadband Genie on the mobile phone market and have seen something a bit different from Alex Rotas writing on his photography of older athletes.

Continuing our series of blogs on issues affecting older women, we have published pieces in response to Harriet Harman’s calls for a more equal representation of older women on television and on representations of gender and ageing.

We’re currently working alongside colleagues at the Personal Finance Research Centre at the University of Bristol on a project looking at financial circumstances and wellbeing of older people, supported by ESRC. David Sinclair of ILC-UK has blogged on some of the first findings of this research with David Hayes and Sharon Collard from PFRC.

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


ILC-UK out and about

David Sinclair presented at the British Geriatric Society conference in Belfast in April 2013 which explores the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society. The slides from his presentation are available to view on slideshare.


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

Recruitment at ILC-UK
ILC-UK recruit for office staff as and when required. However, if you are interested in working at ILC-UK, you are welcome to send your CV and cover letter to us at, and we will keep your details on file for future vacancies.


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.