A study of older people in changing times: ILC-UK at the launch of the ELSA Wave 4 results

Last week the Wave 4 report of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing was launched, offering a picture of the health, wealth and wellbeing of older people aged 50+ in England. The study, which began in 2002, interviewed a total of 10,860 aged 50 and above during the course of 2008/9. Overall, the findings showed stagnation in some of the gains made in terms of wealth and levels of health witnessed earlier in the millennium.

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The education shoestring budget

The full scale of the Government’s cuts in the higher education budget was outlined in an email leaked to the BBC today [1]. Over four billion pounds is to be slashed from the education budget – a total of £3.2 billion (79%) is to be cut from the teaching budget and £1 billion from the research budget [1]. Such inconceivable cuts in both higher education budget areas have obviously grave consequences for the quality and sustainability of teaching, research, and even the existence of some universities.

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Climate change in an ageing world

Two of the most significant challenges facing society are of addressing climate change and meeting the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society. But whilst there is a significant amount of work which reviews some of the health implications of climate change, there remains very limited published research and thinking which links older people and climate change.

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Hutton Review: showing promise but must try harder

The public and private sector are very different types of employers. This is demonstrated by recent attempts by both the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to get to grips with their different occupational pension systems. And it is into this muddy water that today’s report by the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission (chaired by Labour peer John Hutton on behalf of the coalition government) dives head first.

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