How long people in the UK can expect to live is important for those responsible for planning public service provision and keeping track of the cost of government commitments. It impacts on a broad range of areas such as future demand for health and care services, long term workforce projections, and the cost of providing state and workplace pensions. As these examples show, the longevity of the UK population has major implications for public sector finances for both expenditure and revenues.
GAD has a long track record both in contributing to the advancement of mortality analysis and applying it practically to inform and support public sector decisions. These twice annual bulletins will provide succinct and accessible information on current developments in the area of longevity research. We hope this will be a useful information resource for public sector decision makers.