Westminster Employment Forum

Addressing an ageing population and work - implementing the Fuller Working Lives strategy and reforming the State Pension

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Central London


Delegates at this conference will consider the challenges ahead for policymakers in light of the ageing population and the independent review by John Cridland of the State Pension Age (SPA), which recommended increasing the SPA in line with life expectancy.

Sessions will consider how a reformed SPA might affect different social and age groups as they prepare for retirement, and the challenges for ensuring that all retirees have sufficient income to support them.

Following the recent publication of the Government’s Fuller Working Lives Strategy, further discussion will consider steps that can be taken to help extend and improve working lives for older employees - including improving health and well-being, changing recruitment practices, supporting those with caring responsibilities and Cridland’s call for a ‘Mid-life MOT’ for workers to plan the rest of the careers.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including pensions and retirement providers, representatives of employers and trade unions, older people’s groups, HR professionals, lawyers, academics, and members of the national and trade press.


Guest of Honour

Sofia Stayte

Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review, DWP

Guest of Honour

Sofia Stayte

Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review, DWP

Keynote Speaker

Anna Dixon

Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better


Baroness Jolly

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People


Andrew Latto

Deputy Director, Ageing Society and State Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

Ben Franklin

Head of Economics of an Ageing Society, International Longevity Centre UK

Gregg McClymont

Head of Retirement Savings, Aberdeen Asset Management and former Shadow Minister for Pensions

Tim Sharp

Pensions Policy Officer, TUC

Dr Joanne Crawford

Head of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Christopher Brooks

Senior Policy Manager, Consumer and Community, Age UK