Lord Filkin appointed chair of the Big Lottery Fund's Centre for Ageing Better

The Labour peer says the centre will work with government, the voluntary sector and other bodies to promote evidence that improves life for older people

Lord Filkin
Lord Filkin

The Labour peer Lord Filkin has been named chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s Centre for Ageing Better.

The BLF will invest £50m in the centre, announced in March, which has been set up to identify, apply and promote evidence of what makes for a better quality of life in older age.

The centre, described by the BLF as an information-gathering hub, is due to be up and running next year.

It has been established as a trust and will be independent from the BLF and government, the BLF said.

It will also become a member of the What Works network, an initiative to improve the evidence used by government to make decisions about public services. What Works includes six evidence centres covering health and social care, education attainment, ageing better, local growth, crime reduction and effective early intervention. 

Lord Filkin, who chaired the cross-party House of Lords committee that produced the report Ready for Ageing, said the centre would work in partnership with a wide range of organisations, including those from the voluntary sector. 

"The centre aims to be a world-class ‘what works’ centre, promoting evidence of what makes for a better life in older age to empower older people, present and future, to continue living fulfilling lives," he said.

"To ensure it has impact it will also be a ‘do-tank’, actively promoting its evidence and the wider changes in society needed to help realise healthier happier longer lives.

"We look forward to working with academic bodies, voluntary organisations, local government, public health, business and services providers and policymakers. The work of these partner organisations will be critical in helping our society adjust to embrace the great potential benefits of longer life."

Filkin said a board would be recruited to consult partner bodies on the centre’s priorities, methodology and business plan.

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