The full conference report from our recent Overcoming Inequalities event at Church House in conjunction with the Research into Extending Working Lives (renEWL) consortium and ILC-UK has been released and can be downloaded free of charge at
ILC-UK will be producing a policy report for us and this is expected to be published in the summer of 2017.
On Saturday 13 May Sarah Vickerstaff gave a presentation entitled “A new age of retirement?” to the Canterbury & District Association of the British Federation of Women Graduates. The event – Positive Aspects of Ageing: Challenging stereotypes – was chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at CCCU, Debra Teasdale, and featured a number of academics from the University of Kent, including Dr Hannah Swift, Research Fellow at the School of Psychology and Professor Julia Twigg, Professor of Social Policy and Sociology. The event was well received by an audience in excess of 70 people.
We were delighted to join with colleagues from UCL’s renEWL project and ILC-UK to host an event at Church House to discuss the many issues arising from extending working lives and the changes in state pension age. We were joined by colleagues from interested organisations, charities, academia and government departments and were particularly pleased to hear directly from John Cridland on the results of his pensions review.
If you would like to find out more about the day you will shortly be able to find a summary of the day and links to slides on the ILC website www.ilcuk.org.uk
Wendy was the keynote speaker at an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde/Healthy Working Lives event ‘Supporting Older Workers Seminar’ on 23rd February, held in Glasgow. It was attended by more than 100 stakeholders representing public, private and third sector employing organisations from across Scotland. They keynote featured initial findings from the Uncertain Futures case study research.
Sarah and David are attending the event in London bringing together academics working on a number of research council funded projects and any policy and analytical insights arising from their work.
Slides from their presentation can be accessed in the findings section of the website.
Socio-economic inequalities continue to present challenges to the Government’s Fuller Working Lives programme, with many people forced out of work through a combination of redundancy, ill health or early retirement.
This one day conference for policy makers, hosted by the ILC-UK, will showcase new research findings from the Uncertain Futures research consortium led by Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, University of Kent and the renEWL research consortium led by Professor Jenny Head at UCL. The conference will examine the current barriers to extending working lives: health inequalities, work place practice, and the policy barriers that Government, business and civil society can work collectively to address.
Confirmed speakers include: John Cridland, Independent reviewer of State Pension age; Fiona Thom and Russell Taylor, DWP Ageing Society Strategy Leads; Professor David Armstrong, on behalf of the MRC; Nicola Lee, RCN; Peter Kelly, Health and Safety Executive; Caroline Abrahams, Age UK; Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, University of Kent; Professor Jenny Head, UCL; Dr Mai Stafford, UCL; Dr Charlotte Clark, QMUL; Professor Wendy Loretto, University of Edinburgh; Dr Ewan Carr, UCL; Professor Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester; and Dr Emily Murray, UCL.
Find out more here: http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/overcoming_inequalities_addressing_barriers_to_extending_working_lives
Wendy Loretto, Chris Phillipson and Sarah Vickerstaff have published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training looking specifically at the position of older workers http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199655366.html
Professor Sarah Vickerstaff published an article in the conversation on the subject of retirement and the effect on organisations of the rise in state pension age. You can read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/the-question-employers-are-wary-to-ask-when-are-you-going-to-retire-70971
Uncertain Futures’ Chris Phillipson was consulted by the Guardian for his views on the facts about flexible retirement and whether it is still a viable practice. You can read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/feb/06/flexible-retirement-age-state-pension-savings?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Presentations by both Sarah Vickerstaff and Chris Phillipson were very well received by the international audience at this year’s Gerontological Society of America symposium in New Orleans. Sarah’s presentation on Extending working women’s lives prompted the following tweet from Gerontology UK – “And a really excellent presentation it was too – fantastic research in this project”.