The reform of nursing bursaries: does it add up?

The 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) saw a fundamental change to health higher education funding. It was announced that the NHS nursing bursaries were going to be replaced with the normal student loan system, effective from the 1st August 2017. Last week London Economics published an independent analysis of the impact of the removal of NHS bursaries on prospective students. This in-depth report provides a strong rebuke to the Government’s case for replacing nursing bursaries with the student loan system. This blog will attempt to review both sides of the debate.

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Guest Blog: Luis Recuenco – The Future of Retirement: Couples’ retirement decisions, joint retirement, and retirement age


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


During the greater part of the 20th century there was only one deciding factor for couples facing retirement: the husband’s circumstances. The spectacular increase of women participating in the labour market within the last decades implies that many more couples, with long work histories, from which both are entitled to pensions, are reaching retirement age.

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Guest Blog: Dr Helen Beers, HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory – The Future of Ageing: Ageing and health and safety at work


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


The increase in the average age of the UK population, and workforce, are trends that are anticipated to continue.  By 2020, it is estimated that almost 25% of the population will be aged 60 or over, and 36% of the working population will be aged over 50.  The trend for an ageing workforce is coinciding with other trends such as increases in work intensity, and changes in technology and patterns of work. Continue reading

Companies pledge to lead the way in tackling the challenges of demographic change

On Wednesday 18th November, a group of major national and international companies signed an open letter, pledging to ‘work over the next five years to help make our ageing society and economy more sustainable‘.

In the letter, the companies point out that ‘without action, our ageing society poses a risk to the UK economy and our business’.

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Guest Blog: Prof Kathrin Komp – ‘The Future of Ageing: The impact of the 2008 crisis


This blog is one in a series of blogs on the Future of Ageing, published in the lead up to the ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference on the 24th November. To register to attend this conference, click here.


The 2008 economic crisis has a pronounced impact on older people – not only in the present, but also in the future. Although the crisis started out as an economic phenomenon, it quickly began to also affect people’s lives. For example, it shaped people’s workforce participation, family interaction, health status, and identity. Thus, older people experienced changes in their life situations, opportunities and constraints. However, the life-course perspective suggests that the effects of the crisis will not subside when the crisis ends. To the contrary, these effects will carry on into the future. Thus, the 2008 crisis may have already set the tracks for what older people in the future will be like. Continue reading