With autumn now upon us, we are delighted to bring you the latest edition of the ILC-UK update.


ILC-UK Publications

The mortgage debt of older households and the effect of age
An analysis using the Wealth and Assets Survey 2008-10. Is there a relationship between a person’s age and mortgage borrowing, or the difficulties they face meeting their payments?
To download a PDF of this analysis, visit the ILC-UK website.

The burden of constipation in our ageing population
This review of evidence and policy across Europe uncovers a hidden burden of constipation affecting older people.
ILC-UK, supported by Norgine and working alongside a steering group of European experts, have conducted a European review of the evidence and policy on constipation in older people, particularly those living in residential care settings.
The review is available to download from the ILC-UK website.

Working Longer: An EU Perspective
A review of policies in place across the European Union and its Member States that are supporting older workers.
‘Working Longer: an EU Perspective’ presents a view of policies in place to enable people to stay in work up to retirement age and beyond.
Both the full review and the profiles of Member States referred to in the review are available here.

Understanding the oldest old
A briefing from ILC-UK and the Personal Finance Research Centre on the 85+ age group with new findings from Understanding Society.
Using new data from UK’s largest ever social survey, Understanding Society, PRFC and ILC-UK have uncovered startling preliminary findings about the ‘oldest old’ (aged over 85) and their levels of participation, wellbeing and health.
Click here to download a PDF of the briefing.


ILC-UK Events

ILC-UK at the 2013 Party Conferences

We had a presence at this year's Party Conference events, as ILC-UK and as a member of the Ready for Ageing Alliance.

With our Ready for Ageing Alliance hats on, we were delighted to meet with Paul Burstow MP, Mike Farrar of the NHS Confederation, Greg McClymont MP, Malcolm Booth of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, to name only a few of the people interested in ensuring we are ready for ageing population.

If you did not attend the Party Conferences, or had a very busy schedule and are interested in meeting with a representative of the Ready for Ageing Alliance to discuss how we can work together to respond to the health challenges set out by Lord Filkin in his Ready for Ageing report,  please contact Jonathan at

2013 and 2014 ILC-UK events calendar
We are currently finalising the details of our autumn events, so please continue to check the EVENTS tab of the ILC-UK website for updates.

If you are interested in working with us on an event in 2014, please email Lyndsey Mitchell at



Recently on the ILC-UK blog we’ve been discussing the rise in internet dating amongst older people, and we’ve run a live blog alongside our European policy debate ‘How do we support older workers?

The NPC and ILC-UK recently launched the Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector and its Chair, Lynne Berry OBE, has highlighted the Commission’s important role as a platform to discuss the opportunities and implications presented by an ageing society.

We’re continuing to publish guest blogs, and have recently heard from Paul Teverson, discussing new research on the housing needs of the UK’s older population, and Jamie Fiveash, responding to the recent news that one in 10 workers are choosing to opt-out of ‘The People’s Pension’.

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


ILC-UK out and about

ILC-UK attended the annual British Society of Gerontology Conference this September, which took place at the University of Oxford. On the 13th September, David Sinclair, Jessica Watson and Trinley Walker delivered the symposium, ‘Reviewing European Policy’. The session included three presentations of comparative policy reviews across the EU, outlining research approach and highlighting opportunities and challenges.

In late September, Brian Beach chaired a panel on localism and ageing organised by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Panellists included Professor Les Mayhew and representatives from Age UK, the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Big Lottery Fund.

As a member of the ILC Global Alliance, ILC-UK will be participating in an online discussion entitled "How should older people's wellbeing be measured?" being hosted by WikiProgress  and HelpAge from the 3rd to 14th October. The online debate is one of many events to mark the launch of the Global AgeWatch Index on 1 October. The aim is to get a broad and engaging debate that involves as many networks and audiences as possible. We invite you to take part in this discussion via the below link:
Online Discussion: How should older people’s well-being be measured?


Working with ILC-UK

Commissioning ILC-UK research and supporting an ILC-UK event
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 at

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


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.