New homes needed at fastest rate since the 1970s to meet population growth

The lack of new housing supply has been a political hot potato for some time. Now, as we approach the 2015 General Election, both the Conservatives and Labour are promising to tackle this issue head on. George Osborne has promised £500m of financing for small builders and new Garden Cities as part of his blueprint to ease the country’s housing shortage with 200,000 new homes. For their part, Labour have promised to build 200,000 new homes a year – the highest level of house building since the late 1980s. But are these plans sufficient?
Continue reading

Guest blog: Peter Langford – Get Involved in Silver Sunday 2014!

Silver Sunday, on 5th October 2014, is an annual day of free activities and events for older people across the UK. It aims to celebrate the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities and to also combat the loneliness which affects many older people. A recent survey announced that 2/5 of older people regard their TV as their main form of company and Silver Sunday’s goal is to reach out to these isolated members of the community.
Continue reading

International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance members to participate in the Hyderabad Conference

Seventeen years have elapsed since the 3rd IFA Conference was held in Durban, South Africa in 1997 and the 12th IFA Conference takes place in Hyderabad this June. I was a co-organiser of the Durban conference, which we convened three years into the country’s proud new democracy, after the jubilantly heralded demise of apartheid (Ferreira, 1997). Continue reading

Dreaming of Number One

A Hugh Grant response to the news of China becoming the largest economy in the world

‘Next time someone tells you China is the number 1 economy, a bumbling Hugh Grant response is probably apt: “well, yes um, maybe, but, for how long, and, why does it matter?”’

Over the past few weeks there have been a host of stories about China overtaking the US as the largest economy in the world. This stems from analysis undertaken by the World Bank’s International Comparison Programme (ICP) which has revised its methodology for calculating comparative GDP. Continue reading

Guest blog: Stuart Fox – Young people won’t vote tomorrow, and older people will – but we won’t notice the difference…

Tomorrow the country will head to the polls to vote in the European elections. As far as most voters and the media is concerned, the outcome of the election will have much more significance for domestic politics than European. The campaign has been dominated – as will the days and weeks following the election – by speculation about what the results mean not for the European Parliament, but for the electoral fortunes of the major parties in the 2015 General Election.
Continue reading