Population ageing is driving down inflationary pressures and reducing real interest rates which gives central banks very little room for manoeuvre.
Europeans are extremely lucky. Not only can they expect to live longer than most people born anywhere else in the world, they can also expect to enjoy most of their lives in relatively good health.
More than 120 million Europeans, the inhabitants of one of the wealthiest regions of the planet, still live in poverty.
In 2010, the European strategy for growth, Europe 2020, made reducing poverty and social exclusion one of its main goals. And yet, despite some recent progress, 1 in 4 people living in the EU28 still struggle to pay their rent, mortgage or utility bills; fail to keep their home adequately warm; cannot cope with unexpected expenses; do not manage to eat meat or proteins regularly; cannot afford to buy a TV, a washing machine, a car, or a telephone. Continue reading
As growth in the UK’s working age population slows, the role of education in driving forward productivity becomes increasingly important. Continue reading
This week’s #fridayfive takes evidence from a thinkpiece for ILC-UK by Dr Matt Flynn which explores what lessons UK policymakers might learn from pension policy in Hong Kong. Continue reading
Check your answers for our Ageing Society Pub Quiz, posted below under ‘How much do you know about ageing?’.
The Ready for Ageing Alliance came together in 2013 following the publication of the House of Lords Committee Report by the Public Service and Demographic Change Committee. Continue reading
This week’s #fridayfive is on the effectiveness of financial capability interventions for older people. Continue reading
On Monday, 18th July we launched ‘The state of the nation’s housing: An ILC-UK Factpack’, supported by FirstPort.
It came as no surprise to me when I saw the findings of the recent ‘State of the Nation’s Housing: An ILC-UK Factpack’ report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC) earlier this month. It’s the latest report to highlight a major issue: baby boomers are stuck in housing that is unsuitable for their needs, a situation that is putting the whole property market at risk of grinding to a standstill. Continue reading