NEWS:

Welcome to the December edition of the ILC-UK Update.

Savers could buy £1 bonds for chance to win cash prizes in monthly draws.

A nationwide end-of-life rights outreach service, My Life, My Decision, launches today (Thursday 27th November) with Care Minister the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Baroness Greengross OBE and Justice Minister the Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP.

European policy makers urged to support rather than compel longer working lives.

ILC-UK were delighted to host the 2014 International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC Global Alliance) Annual Conference in October.

Growing divorce rates in old age could contribute to increasing isolation and a greater need for formal care, argues the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).

Councils must ensure that spending cuts and short term targets do not undermine long-term investment in the prevention of ill health in old age.

The whole of Europe is going grey, but in Europe’s Ageing Demography ILC-UK show that Eastern Europe will be hit the hardest by the brewing demographic storm.

Pensions Minister says the situation is improving for older workers but we must "keep our foot on the accelerator".
 

The social stigma which surrounds dementia is impeding early diagnosis, care and research into the disease, according to a new report by thr ILC-UK

Working with The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) and Business In The Community, The Internation al Longevity Centre have published a major new report about the challenges facing older workers, The missing million: illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50s. This is the first in a series of three reports being published on this topic over the next year.

A growing generation of older men is facing a future of increased isolation. Meanwhile, the number of older men aged 65+ living alone is projected to rise by 65% between now and 2030.

A new business “Age Audit”, published today, includes an 8-point action plan to support companies who want to respond to the challenges and opportunities of ageing.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance today launches its manifesto for action entitled ‘Getting Ready for Ageing’.  The report calls on policymakers in Government and beyond to start engaging seriously with the trend towards longer lives, which is fundamentally changing our country and our world.

ILC-UK and Electrical Safety First are undertaking an Inquiry into electrical safety in an ageing society, and we are calling for expert opinions on the two broad themes of housing and dementia.

ILC-UK will be hosting the 2014 Global Alliance Annual Conference in London from Sunday 26th October to Wednesday 29th October. The conference will see visits to the UK from representatives of the 14 ILC Global Alliance members.

The coalition urges individuals to keep fit, eat healthy, plan ahead and listen to a little One Direction.

Charities will flourish or wither at hands of ‘super boomers’— New paper from the Commission on Voluntary Sector & Ageing.

We are now looking for a Research Fellow with excellent writing skills and a strong passion for policy to join our busy and expanding team.

SOS 2020 is a major new programme of work led by ILC-UK which will raise awareness of the need to adapt our economy and society to the big strategic challenges posed by an ageing population.

97% of the fall in annuity rates down to increased longevity and low investment returns

Many lifetime annuities offer fair value for money according to new research by Jonquil Lowe of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance at The Open University Business School.

Future generations of pensioners face a bleak future unless Government addresses the long term challenges of working age poverty, argues the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).

A Provocation launched today explores potential savings to the state if we were able to intervene successfully on the risk factors that cause dementia- these include physical activity, smoking, obesity and depression.

Responding to today’s Fiscal Sustainability Report, Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) said:

A report launched today presents new data to show not only the predicted growth in the number of people with hearing loss, which is set to account for almost 20% of the total population by 2031, but also highlights a £25 billion loss to the UK economy in potential economic output.

Local and national policy-makers are failing to ensure that our communities meet the needs of all ages according to a new report, Community Matters. Making our Communities Ready for Ageing.

We are now looking for a Research Fellow with excellent writing skills and a strong passion for policy to join our busy and expanding team. Experience or expertise in quantitative research or a background in economics would be advantageous.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, flexible and eager Research, Policy and Events Intern who is willing to embrace all aspects of our core work and in return will receive invaluable experience and insight into the national and international policy aspect of our work.

One million pension savers face significant risks as a consequence of the new pension freedoms to be introduced in 2015 argues a new report.

The Government should create a state-run “Equity Bank” to help low income older people generate extra income from their property argues a new report.

ILC-UK are seeking a consultant researcher with a strong research background ideally in ageing and/or in health, housing or the economics of ageing.

As from the 4th June, when Noreen Siba retires, David Sinclair will lead the ILC-UK and take it to its next chapter.

ILC-UK are currently planning our activities at the 2014 Political Party Conferences. We hope to run a series of events on topics as diverse as pensions, health, employment, care and communities as part of the main party conference fringe programme.

Welcome to the May edition of the ILC-UK Update.

The ILC-UK has launched a Commission seeking to address the significant and growing problem of hearing loss in the UK. Six million people in the UK experience hearing loss at a level where they would benefit from wearing a hearing aid and this is set to increase to 10 million by 2037.

With the independence vote on the horizon, Scotland’s policymakers must face up to the challenges of a falling working age population while also tackling significant public health challenges argues a new report by the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK).

ILC-UK have announced that after seven years, Noreen Siba, Managing Director of the International Longevity Centre–UK (ILC-UK) is to retire in early June 2014.

The Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing today publishes ‘Age of Opportunity’, a new study exploring the risks and opportunities facing the voluntary sector as a result of the UK’s ageing population.

New international research has found that single over-50s were almost twice as likely to report financial dissatisfaction as those who were married.

The Ready for Ageing Alliance responds to the progress made a year on from the publication of the report from the Public Service and Demographic Change Committee

Most older people “Burdened by Bills” or “Conservative consumers”

ILC-UK and Partnership look at whether we have been over-optimistic about Life Expectancy

Ahead of the 5th Anniversary of Base Rates being held at 0.5% (5th March), Ben Franklin, Senior Researcher at ILC-UK said:

With seven events and five report launches in January and February alone, ILC-UK have hit the 2014 road running.

Responding to new ONS data on Health Inequalities published today, Ben Franklin, Senior Research Fellow at the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) said: “This data reveals that inequalities in health are most stark amongst the pre-retirement age bracket (ages 35-59).

Responding to the ONS Beyond 2011 consultation on the future of the Census, the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), the leading think tank on longevity and demographic change has urged the Government not to scrap the decennial census.

A new report from ILC-UK argues that increasing the state pension age without taking into account the 18 year difference in healthy life expectancy across the UK, risks disadvantaging groups of older people. 

A slide pack outlining how encouraging and supporting people over the age of 65 to continue working, and increasing net migration could help to reduce the economic impact of ageing.

Using data from the UK’s largest social survey, Understanding Society, new research reveals that people who are struggling to manage their finances in old age have eight times the odds of having reduced levels of mental wellbeing.

New analysis of Labour Market Statistics from ILC-UK.

A new report, launched today (Tuesday 21 January) by the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research, will argue that the current system of state support for funeral costs requires urgent review.