Welcome to the March edition of the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) Newsletter.

In this edition we cover:

  • New Publications ...
  • Dates for the Diary ...
  • New ILC-UK Blog Posts ...
  • Additional News ...
  • And Finally ...


New Publications ...

New ILC-UK Publication ...

How will the Retail Distribution Review impact on people with small pension pots?

On the 1st March 2012, the ILC-UK supported by Partnership, launched a report which makes recommendations as to how to ensure that people with small pension pots have access to advice after the introduction of the Retail Distribution Review.

The report has attracted significant interest from politicians, industry and the media. Alongside the report, ILC-UK published an open letter to Steve Webb MP, Mark Hoban MP and Lord Turner. The letter was signed by a cross-party group of Parliamentarians and senior representatives of the financial services industry. The open letter can be found here.

New ILC Global Alliance Publication ...

Global Perspectives on Multigenerational Households and Intergenerational Relations

An ILC Global Alliance paper examining household structure and intergenerational relations across a spectrum of countries.

In this report, the ILC Global Alliance initiate a dialogue on multigenerational households and intergenerational relations from a global perspective. This report reviews the status of multigenerational households and intergenerational relations in specific countries that vary widely in terms of social attitudes, population structure, cultural traditions and economic development

Dates for the Diary ...

ILC-UK Debate, supported by Friends Provident Foundation: Financial Citizenship - Rethinking the state’s role in enabling individuals to save

24th April 2012
ILC-UK, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB
16:15 to 19:00

The UK has a chronic under-saving problem, which has been exacerbated by the financial crisis and economic downturn.  A high proportion of UK households have little or no saving or investment wealth, and these households are concentrated among those with the lowest incomes. The under-saving problem is compounded by indebtedness, especially for young people, and particularly acute in relation to saving for retirement. Relatively few households are setting aside sufficient funds for retirement. For more information about this event and to reserve your place, click here.

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession Debate: The Economics of Promoting Personal Responsibility for Improved Public Health – Saving Costs or Costing Society? Supported by Alliance Boots

25th April 2012
The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ
16:00 for 16.30 start to 19:00

ILC-UK is delighted to be working with Alliance Boots and the University College London School of Pharmacy to explore why public health has just got ‘personal’ and if such a trend will yield cost savings or cost some groups of society or sections of the economy more than others. For more information about this event and to reserve your place, click here.

ILC-UK and the Actuarial Profession, supported by New Dynamics of Ageing: Improving care, tackling isolation and reducing costs? Can new technology live up to its promise?

16th May 2012
The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London WC1V 7QJ

Telecare and telemedicine can improve health outcomes and save money, argued the Prime Minister late last year. The Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme was set up by the Department of Health to attempt to, amongst other things, explore the evidence base as to the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these technologies.

More information about this event will be available on the ILC-UK website shortly.


New ILC-UK Blogs ...

Response to OPEN LETTER: Urgent call for a ‘retirement income summit’ to protect poorest and least well pensioners

Budget 2012 – Live Blog

Protecting our Vulnerable Adults

Guest blog: Ilona Haslewood – A better life: old age, new thoughts

Caring about Nutrition

Ageing, well-being and development

Nudging people into saving

Guest blog: Peter Barnett – Italy’s baby retirees leave a costly legacy

Nutrition and Hydration Week

Guest Blog: Elizabeth Feltoe – Care in crisis – urgent action needed

Ageing on the inside: how should we respond to our ageing prison population?

Guest blog: Peter Barnett – Revisiting vaccination

Tackling the digital divide. Should we compel, educate, or nudge people online?

Guest blog: Peter Barnett – Lonely Planet or Lonely People?

Should older workers pay National Insurance? No they should not, say the young

Medicine for older age: training for the future, not the present

Guest blog: Sophie Handler – Ageing Facilities: a creative practice of age-conscious interventions

Apps for independent living

Guest blog: Peter Barnett – Caring for our Future

Guest blog: Peter Barnett – World Aids Day – ‘Getting to Zero’

Additional News ...

Age UK are currently promoting their Care in Crisis petition, calling on the Government to reform the care system in this country so that everyone gets the care they need to live with a good quality of life, with dignity and the ability to plan ahead.
For more information, and to sign the petition, click here.

Keele University's Centre for Social Gerontology will be hosting the British Society of Gerontology's 41st Annual Conference. The conference will take place from 11th-13th July 2012 on the beautiful Keele campus with its award winning conference facilities and Grade II listed Keele Hall - venue for the 2012 conference Gala dinner.
For more information about the event, click here.

And Finally ...

We are pleased to welcome two new members to the ILC-UK team.

Mark Mason joins us as Senior Researcher. He is currently in the process of completing his PhD at Oxford Brookes University, examining illegal drug use among older adults. His research interests are qualitative research methodologies and approaches, substance use, community safety and ageing.

Trinley Walker joins us as Research and Policy Assistant. He obtained his BA in Political Science from the University of Essex and went on to complete an MSC in Conflict Resolution and Governance at the University of Amsterdam, where his dissertation examined the role of a conflict narrative in a diaspora context. Trinley has a range of research interests and is particularly interested in intergenerational cohesion, quality of life provisions for older people and comparative societal approaches to ageing.


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.