Press Notice

For Immediate Release

23 November 2015

Think tank urges government and business to maximise economic benefit of ageing

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) will tomorrow host their first UK Future of Ageing Conference. The conference will paint a picture of the future of ageing and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Speaking ahead of the event, ILC-UK Director, David Sinclair said “Ageing could offer huge rewards to UK plc if we can ensure more of us age healthily. The UK will benefit if we can maximise the employment of older workers and if we better respond to the demands of the older consumer.

This week’s spending review will undoubtedly focus on the immediate challenges of funding health and social care. But it is also key that we start planning not just for increased costs associated with an ageing society, but also to ensure that we maximise the current and future economic contribution of older people.”

Last week, ahead of the conference, a group of national and international businesses pledged to “work over the next five years to help make our ageing society and economy more sustainable” (1).

Confirmed speakers at the Future of Ageing Conference include:

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

The conference will explore five key areas:

• The future challenges and opportunities of health and care in an ageing society.

• The future of retirement income: Wealthy pensioners or persistent poverty.

• The future of our economy in an ageing society: Adapting our economy to ageing.

• The future of our built environment in an ageing society.

• The future of ageing research.

Following the conference, ILC-UK will publish a Future of Ageing Report.


1. See: Ageing poses risk to UK economy argue business leaders

200 delegates will attend the first Future of Ageing conference on Tuesday, 24th November 2015; 09:00 (for a 09:30 start) – 17:00; 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

ILC-UK will be tweeting from the event using the hashtag #futureofageing


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