Welcome to the June edition of the ILC-UK Update

Since our last update, ILC-UK have continued to publish reports, comment on current affairs and we have held a number of 'sold out' events.

During April, we published two major reports: The Missing Million – Recommendations for Action and The Funeral Time Bomb. Missing Million was covered in the Daily Mail, as well as the trade press, with coverage in Training Journal and HR Magazine. The Funeral Time Bomb was covered by The Sun, as well as two stories in the Daily Mail. BBC News also covered the findings of the report, along with many regional and online publications.

In May we published our analysis of the main party manifestos, Vision needed to tackle the challenge of population ageing. This was covered in the FT Advisor, as well as the Western Daily Press. ILC-UK continues to be the UK’s leading commentator on demographic change and longevity. News coverage on the BBC and The Week of new research on the life expectancy gender gap narrowing featured comment from our Research Fellow Brian Beach.

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Call for Sponsorship

The Future of Ageing - ILC-UK 2015 Conference

On the 24th November 2015, ILC-UK will be holding a day conference in London on 'The Future of Ageing'.

We have various sponsorship and promotional opportunities available at the conference, from exhibition space at the venue and advertisement space in the conference brochure, to the opportunity to include promotional materials in delegate packs on the day.

We would be happy to work with organisations to put together a package that suits your requirements and budget.

More information is available on the ILC-UK Website.
The Future of Ageing, ILC-UK 2015 Conference - Promotional Opportunities

If you would like to discuss these packages, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell, ILC-UK's Office and Events Manager on or 0207 340 0440.


ILC-UK are recruiting for a Research and Policy paid Intern

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and eager Research and Policy Intern who is willing to embrace all aspects of the organisation. In return, you will gain valuable experience on a range of assignments: from supporting colleagues in the delivery of a project or high profile event, to independently managing the delivery of key research; you will have real responsibility from week one.

Many of our interns have continued their employment with the ILC-UK after their initial placement and this represents a great opportunity to work with a small, dynamic and friendly team in the heart of Westminster.

For more information about this role and for details on how to apply, please click on the below link.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Sunday 21st June. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 13th July 2015


ILC-UK Publications

Vision needed to tackle the challenge of population ageing
In this analysis of the main party manifestos we highlight a failure to respond to demographic change and long term population ageing.

The Missing Million - Recommendations for Action
The Missing Million research, undertaken by ILC-UK with Business in the Community and PRIME, has identified more than a million people aged over 50 who are forced out of work involuntarily.

The funeral time bomb
After decades of the number of deaths in the UK falling, 2015 will mark a “tipping point” where the historic trend starts to reverse: as the oldest of the babyboomer generation move through their later years deaths are predicted to rise by 20%.

Decision time: Will the voluntary sector embrace the age of opportunity?
This is the final report of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing which was set up by NPC and the ILC-UK to put ageing on the agenda of the voluntary sector.


ILC-UK Events

Research Launch - The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society
Thursday 18th June 2015; 15:00 (for a 15:15 start) – 17:00; The House of Lords, Westminster, London

Demographic change will require a rethinking of current transport strategies. New approaches are needed to ensure that our growing population of older people are able to remain active and mobile during later life. To this end ILC-UK is working with Age-UK to try to set the agenda for the future age-friendly transport policy.

To register for this event, please click on the below link:
Research Launch - The Future of Transport in an Ageing Society

ILC-UK’s launch of the Centre for Later Life Funding
Friday 26th June 2015; 08:00 (for an 08:30 start) – 10:00; Great Hall, Chartered Insurance Institute, 20 Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HY

You are invited to join us at the ILC-UK’s launch of the new Centre for Later Life Funding.

This new body will focus explicitly on finding solutions to the retirement funding issues facing older people and represents a coalition of private sector organisations and charities working to support the funding needs of today’s retirees.

For more information about the event, the Centre for Later Life Funding, and to register to attend this event, click on the below link:
ILC-UK’s launch of the Centre for Later Life Funding

Senior Entrepreneurship: Seniors as Mentors
Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June 2015; The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, SE11 5RR

We are pleased to invite you to take an active role in the  implementation of our upcoming EU-funded best practice exchange on Senior Entrepreneurship: Seniors as Mentors.

ILC-UK, as the hosting organisation along with the contractor, Development Solutions, will be holding our first best practice exchange on Seniors as Mentors in order to exchange ideas on how to aid older people to become and continue to be mentors for younger entrepreneurs, as well as taking on other roles such as investors in entrepreneurship. More information relating to this best practice exchange can be found in the letter of support from the European Commission attached to this email, as well as a highlight on the DG GROW website:

Spaces are limited so will be allocated to those who will be most suitable for the event. Development Solutions will also be able to cover travel, accommodation and board for those based outside of London.

For more information about this event, please contact Development Solutions, who will be managing registrations:

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 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

It has been a busy few weeks for the ILC-UK blog, which has included our special blog series in the run-up to the General Election.

Following our report on the rising cost of funerals, George Ames from Forster Communications wrote a thought-provoking guest blog on our attitudes towards dying. You can read his blog, ‘Hello Death’ here. Our other guest blog was from Andrew Tulley of MGM Advantage, arguing that more professional advice is needed to make the most of new pensions freedoms; you can read the blog here.

Supported by Munich RE, in the run up to the Election, ILC-UK published a series of blogs analysing the future of British public policy from an intergenerational perspective. The blog series, called It’s Longevity, Stupid, looked to cut through the hyperbole in an Election debate increasingly drawn across generational lines.

First we looked at the significant demographic changes in the electorate since 1955 in The Changing Face of the Electorate. The next blog looked at the issue of low turnout in young people, and whether this generation is particularly different from previous ones in Blaming Young People for Low Turnout is… Stupid!, before seeing whether there are significant differences in policy priories and party association between generations today in It’s Always the Economy, Stupid.

Later in the blog series, we built an economic attitudes index and a social attitudes index, and looked at how opinions differ by age in Vision and Values Matter Too and The Rise of the Minnows: It’s Social Attitudes, Stupid. Finally, we took a step back and urged the next Government to look at The Bigger Picture.

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, 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.