Welcome to the October edition of the ILC-UK Update

Since our last update, ILC-UK has published four new reports, and ILC-UK research has also frequently been cited in the press. Our report 'Rethinking Cancer', which quantified the cost of cancer to the UK economy was cited in The Metro and The Independent, and our work with the Ready for Ageing Alliance dispelling the ‘Myth of the Baby Boomers’ featured in four articles in the Telegraph, two in The Guardian, and also enjoyed attention in The Independent and The Times.

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Downing Street Reception for Baroness Sally Greengross’ 80th Birthday

In September we were honoured to be hosted by Samantha Cameron at 10 Downing Street for a drinks reception in celebration of Baroness Greengross' 80th birthday. We were delighted to be joined by a number of our Partners, colleagues, friends and supporters, and to have had an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to addressing the challenges of ageing in such a prestigious location.

To read more about the reception, please click here.

ILC-UK Publications

Creating a Sustainable 21st Century Healthcare System

The first report in the SOS 2020 Health series examines how the NHS can achieve its planned £22bn efficiency savings, and calls for the health service to be supported to continue to invest in innovation in order to save money in the long-term.

Village Life
Funded by Audley Retirement and Bupa, this report has found that extra care housing can have a major impact in promoting residents' quality of life and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Rethinking Cancer
'Rethinking Cancer' quantifies the cost of cancer to the UK economy, its families and its communities. The report considers the wider cost of cancer alongside the 160,000 deaths it causes each year in the UK.

The Myth of the Baby Boomer
This report seeks to bust the widely touted myth that there is a uniform group of older people in the UK – so called baby boomers – who have benefitted at the expense of younger age groups.

ILC-UK Events

The Future of Ageing: ILC-UK 2015 Conference
Tuesday, 24th November 2015; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start); 17:00
20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

You are invited to attend the ILC-UK Conference, The Future of Ageing, on Tuesday 24th November 2015 in London.

During the conference, we will paint a picture of the future of ageing and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead. Through our unique lifecourse focus we will explore the potential impact of ageing not just on today’s older population, but also on tomorrows.

We are delighted to confirm the following speakers:

  • Baroness Altmann (Minister of Pensions)
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport (Government Chief Scientific Adviser [GCSA] and Head of the Government Office for Science)
  • Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
  • Professor Jane Elliot (Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council)
  • Lord Filkin (Chair of the Centre for Ageing Better and Chair of the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change)
  • Professor Ian Philp (Deputy Medical Director for Older People's Care, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Steve Groves (Chief Executive Officer at Partnership)
  • Steven Baxter (Partner, Hymans Robertson)
  • David Willetts (Executive Chair at Resolution Foundation, and former Minister of State [Department for Business, Innovation and Skills])
  • Professor Ian Philp (Deputy Medical Director for Older People’s Care, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Elaine Draper (Director, Accessibility & Inclusion, Barclays)
  • Baroness Kay Andrews (Member of the House of Lords Built Environment Committee, Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) 2006-2009)

£200+VAT - Charity / Not for Profit / Students / Lecturers / Individuals
£275+VAT - Corporate

The Future of Ageing - Book your place here.

We are grateful to McCarthy & Stone and Partnership for their sponsorship of this conference, and to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), the organisers of the IFA 2016 Conference, and Lipreading Practice for providing inserts for delegate packs on the day.
We are still accepting further sponsorship for the conference and packages include:

  • Exhibition space
  • Advertisement space in the conference brochure
  • Promotional materials in delegate packs

We are also happy to work with organisations to create bespoke packages. Please contact Lyndsey Mitchell on or 0207 340 0440 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Impact of the Spending Review on Later Life Funding

Thursday 26th November 2015, 08:30 (for a 09:00 start) – 10:30; House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
An Age UK and ILC-UK debate

The Spending Review, due to be published on 25th November 2015 will set out the Governments plans to deliver additional departmental savings with a view to eliminating Britain’s deficit by 2019-2020.

Government Departments have been asked to model the impact of real term spending cuts of between 25% and 40%. At the same time some Departments have already been given an assurance that their spending will be protected. The Government has committed to invest in both the NHS and defence whilst also continuing to protect spending on education and foreign aid.

Because of the scale of cuts planned and the fact that some Departmental spending is protected, other Departments may face significant funding cuts.

This debate will examine the impact of the spending review on adult social care and later life funding, and will take place the morning after the Spending Review has been announced.

To register for this event, please click here.
Please note, due to security regulations at the House of Lords, anyone who has not pre-registered will not be permitted entrance.

Events in 2016

We have started working on our 2016 events calendar. If you or your organisation are interested in sponsoring an ILC-UK event in 2016, please contact our Office and Events Manager, Lyndsey Mitchell, on

To keep up-to-date with ILC-UK events, 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

Since our last newsletter we have posted blogs from a number of guest writers, ranging from the future of housing to the economic challenges of population ageing.

Paul Teverson from McCarthy & Stone highlighted the misconceptions held by some local authorities, which encourage them to pursue starter-home development at the expense of ensuring adequate provision of retirement properties. Paul explained how suitable retirement properties reduce demand for health and social care resources, and called for a more balanced and forward-thinking planning system.

Nick Sanderson from Audley responded to our Village Life report, and reiterated his support to promote alternatives to care homes. He noted how access to a retirement village with extra care provision can half the number of people over 80 with care needs being admitted to institutional care homes, and he called upon the Government to shift its focus from first time buyers and into providing adequate levels of retirement housing.

David Sinclair examined the Department for Transport’s 2014 National Travel Survey (England) and identified ten things it revealed about age and national travel. He also referred to our recent ‘Future of Transport in an Ageing Society’ report to highlight how transport is failing many older people, and considered how we can ensure the transport of the future responds to ageing.

A guest blog from Trevor Llanwarne, former Government Actuary introduced his new booklet ‘Greater Savings for Retirement’, which uses behavioural insights to suggest policies relevant to regulation, legislation and taxation.

Brian Please from Equiniti has written on how nothing takes away from the need for guaranteed levels of income in retirement, and the merits of annuities despite their poor press. He also cited Equniti's sixth Annual Retirement Survey, which has evidenced change and trends to the issues relating not only to annuities, but to all things retirement too.

David Sinclair and Ben Franklin also addressed personal finances as they wrote about how population ageing may lead to rising wages, before reminding us of the economic challenges ageing poses.

Yvonne Sonsino, Partner and Innovation Leader at Mercer contributed to our 'Future of Ageing' series ahead of our conference on the 24th November. She described how there are new rules of living longer (eleven of them to be precise), and explained how the future of ageing holds more challenges than ageing itself.

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, Retirement Advantage, Partnership and Prudential.

For more information, see the 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,

If you would like to receive ILC-UK press releases, please email and we will add you to our press release list.


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.

“The latest Fiscal Sustainability Report makes it very clear that we are facing an uncertain future. Demographic pressures are set to continue to dominate the agenda, with health, pension and adult social care spending all set to rise as a proportion of total GDP."

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