Since our April update, we have published two new reports; hosted three oral evidence sessions for the Drink Wise, Age Well Inquiry; hosted roundtable discussions in London and Brussels on lessons for Europe's growth strategy from East Asia and the rest of the world; and announced three new keynote speakers for our 2016 Future of Ageing conference.

On Monday, 18th April, we also hosted a roundtable discussion with the Pensions Minister, Baroness Altmann, and members of the ILC-UK Partners Programme to discuss the reality of retirement journeys and innovations in the retirement income market.

Call for written evidence: the relationship between alcohol-related harm and employment in the over 50s

The Drink Wise Age Well partnership of leading national alcohol and ageing charities have launched an Inquiry, led by the ILC-UK into alcohol-related harm amongst the over 50s.

Each year we will hold an Inquiry on a key theme pertaining to alcohol and the over 50s and for 2016, we aim to explore and consider employment.

The 2016 Inquiry is focusing on three key areas: alcohol and over 50s seeking employment; alcohol and over 50s currently in employment; and alcohol and over 50s transitioning to, or currently in, retirement.

We are inviting submissions of written evidence for one, two or all of the three key areas; the deadline for submissions is Friday, 1st July 2016.

For more information on how to submit written evidence to the Inquiry, please click here.

ILC-UK report sparks debate on adult lifespan inequalities

'An Investigation into Inequalities in adult lifespan', a new report from the ILC-UK and Cass Business School, received wide media coverage when it was published on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Co-author Professor Les Mayhew was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's flagship The Today Programme, and the report was covered by BBC News, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Mirror, attracting hundreds of comments and just under two million Twitter impressions.

ILC-UK Publications

Dementia and Comorbidities: Ensuring Parity of Care

This report demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year.

An Investigation into Inequalities in adult lifespan

Despite huge increases in life expectancy, the gap between rich and poor is increasing for the first time since the 1870s, according to this new report from Cass Business School, City University London and the ILC-UK.

ILC-UK Events

Second National Retirement Income Summit
Friday 10th June 2016; 09:15 - 16:30 (followed by a short drinks reception)

On Friday, 10th June 2016, ILC-UK will be holding our second Retirement Income Summit, hosted by The Chartered Insurance Institute.

With the end of compulsory annuitisation, navigating the retirement income maze will require great information, advice and financial capability. With these challenges in mind, the Retirement Income Summit will convene expert speakers and host panel debates on how best to negotiate the future of retirement income.

For more information, including a full agenda, please click here.

The Summit is now fully booked. To join the waiting list, please click here.

The Future of the UK Welfare State

Thursday, 30th June 2016; House of Lords

We are delighted to be holding the launch of a provocative new exploration of public service provision, the welfare state and democratic governance in the 21st century.

'The Future of the UK Welfare State', our new landmark publication, supported by Munich Re, will be launched at the event. To mark the launch we are inviting parliamentarians, policy makers, academics and members of the press to the House of Lords to hear some of our contributors provide a brief outline of their essays.

For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Innovate to Alleviate: Exploring How the Role of an Enhanced Care Worker Could Address Skills Shortages in the Social Care Sector

Monday, 4th July; House of Lords

'Innovate to Alleviate: Exploring How the Role of an Enhanced Care Worker Could Address Skills Shortages in the Social Care Sector' constitutes the first qualitative investigation of an emerging role within the adult social care sector: the 'Enhanced Care Worker', where care workers are trained to undertake clinical tasks traditionally done by nurses.

We are inviting parliamentarians, industry leaders, academics and care worker representatives to discuss the challenges and opportunities this new role presents.

For more information, please click here.

This is an invitation only event.

The Second Annual Future of Ageing Conference

Wednesday, 9th November 2016; Central Hall Westminster, Storey's
Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

We are pleased to announce that since our April update two new keynote speakers have been confirmed for the Future of Ageing 2016.

  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review; - Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP, and
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority will be joining:
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • George Magnus, Economist and Author of The Age of Aging (2008), and
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, GP and regular contributor on Radio 4’s Inside Health

We are also delighted that McCarthy & Stone and Action on Hearing Loss will be sponsoring the conference.

Register for the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference Here

We have a number of promotional opportunities for organisations wishing to be involved in the 2016 Future of Ageing Conference. For full details, please click here.

We are also happy to work with organisations on bespoke packages. If you would like to discuss sponsorship and the various packages in more detail, please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on

ILC-UK Blogs

Since our April update, we have published a summary of our press highlights from April and May, 'ILC-UK in the news - April and May 2016', including links to stories featuring ILC-UK research.

We have published two blogs by researchers at WISERD (Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods) on the upcoming EU Referendum: 'The Young, the Old and the Referendum', and 'Are Older Voters Swinging Behind Remain?'.

Guest contributors have also included Rebecca Deegan, Policy Analyst at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), writing on public attitudes to the pension freedoms one year on from the reforms; Douglas Anderson, Founder of Club Vita on why people underestimate their longevity; and Rachael Docking, Senior Evidence Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better on managing major life changes.

We also regularly publish our Friday Five: five key facts about issues related to ageing.

To read these and all our blogs, please click here.

FirstPort, EY, the Centre for Ageing Better and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing join the ILC-UK Partners Programme

We are delighted to announce that FirstPort, EY, the Centre for Ageing Better and Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing have joined the ILC-UK Partners Programme.


Membership of our Partners Programme 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.

Partners are exposed to the latest available research and data in the UK, EU and the rest of the world. Partners are helped to understand and plan for changing societal trends and given opportunities to participate in cutting-edge debates to help them remain ahead of policy curves.

The current ILC-UK Partners are: Anchor, Audley, Aviva, Centre for Ageing Better, Equiniti, EY, FirstPort, Hymans Robertson LLP, Legal & General, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the Partners Programme brochure or contact David Sinclair,

Working with ILC-UK


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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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.