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Policy and Public Affairs

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries seeks to inform policy debates in the public interest. We do this by drawing on the expertise of our members, who work across a range of industries and sectors on some of the biggest public policy issues facing society

Using the actuarial skillset, we offer unique, informed and impartial insights into long-term issues across three broad policy areas.           

Our three Key Policy Priorities are:

The 100 year life 

the 100 year life People are living longer and as populations age it is important that individuals are supported to maintain their financial, physical and mental wellbeing in later life. Planning for retirement is far more complicated for consumers than it used to be.

The shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) pensions places the onus on individuals to know how much they need to save to have an adequate income in retirement; for many the State Pension and auto enrolment will only get them to a minimum level of income.

The gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy has been growing, and so the demand for social care is increasing. The complexity and lack of public understanding about the current system means that people are not well prepared for potential care costs in later life.

Actuaries can help regulators and businesses to understand and manage longevity risk and encourage policymakers to consider the generational impact of policy decisions made today.


The Future of Insurance 

The risks facing society are evolving rapidly and it is important that individuals and businesses are able to access the protection they need to thrive in the modern world. Insurance products need to be fit-for-purpose in light of changes in societal need, technological advances, the changing global economy, environmental threats and the impact of geopolitical decisions.

The impact of increasing personalisation of insurance is not uniform across all groups of consumers. It will benefit some, but could leave others without protection. In particular, vulnerable groups of consumers may be more exposed to risk or find cover less affordable.

Our work in this space looks to explore the effect of this trend on consumers, identify ways to better equip individuals to manage the impact of this trend, and consider possible policy solutions.

 


Sustainability

As a public interest body, the IFoA is a supporter of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and their underlying principle of global prosperity for people and the planet, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Many of us do not know how our pension pot is invested and it is not always easy to understand whether the investments fit with our values. Global leaders have committed to the Paris Agreement, and harnessing the capital in financial markets will be crucial to meeting this target.

Actuaries have expertise in green finance and climate-related financial disclosures, which will support the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. In addition to Climate Action (Goal 13), actuaries have expertise across a number of the goals, including financing major infrastructure projects (Goal 9), managing the transition to a less-cash society (Goal 10) and improving road safety (Goal 3).

Contact Details

For further information on any of our public affairs or policy work please contact us on:

policy@actuaries.org.uk

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    Online
    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    This is a free webinar with an expert panel providing their views on the ongoing IFoA consultation for proposals regarding changes to the regulatory framework on climate change and sustainability.

    The regulatory consultation sets out, for feedback some proposed approaches that the IFoA are considering in relation to charter commitments under the UK’s Green Finance Education Charter (GFEC) and the regulatory framework, including the Actuaries’ Code.

  • Life 2021 Webinar Series

    Online
    22 November 2021 - 26 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas, and new research across the Life insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.