The 100-year family

Date: Friday 7 February 2020
Time: 1.30pm for 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: M&G, 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London EC3M 5AG

The 100-year family investigates for the first time how key trends such as women having fewer children, later, alongside longer lives, have changed the shape of our families and sets out the key challenges arising from these shifts.

During this event, we will hear from research co-Author Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School.

Professor Wendy Sigle from London School of Economics and Stuart McDonald from Lloyds Banking will be joining us at the event as discussants.

Using novel analytical techniques and concepts, the research illuminates future challenges that may arise from changes in families including

  • Gaps in care provision
  • Increasing numbers needing to juggle work and care across multiple generations
  • Increased isolation in later life
  • Advances in inheritance age

The paper will argue that these trends leave our health, social care and pensions systems “creaking at the seams”.

We will consider how society can better adapt to our new demographic reality and suggest how new vulnerabilities can be overcome through better planning and policies, exploring, for example, the role of personal financial services in filling gaps left by the welfare system.

We will debate whether new forms of social protection could or should support families, rather than individuals, and how we can ensure that we realise a ‘longevity dividend’ across society.

While this is a free event, we expect there to be high demand for spaces – so please book your place early.