The death of Sir John Hills; the “quiet man” of the Pension Commission

Sir John Hills

The death has been reported of Sir John Hills, this is a sad loss.

John Hills was a professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Co-Director of the new International Inequalities Institute, and was director of the ESRC Research Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion from 1997 to 2016. His work  focused on inequality, the welfare state and the role of social policy over the life course.

Perhaps most notably he was one of three commissioners on the Pensions Commission. Among the most important reforms proposed by the Pensions Commission were reforms to the state pension, a new type of non-state pension, which was later introduced in 2012 in the form of the National Employment Savings Trust, as well as the idea that employees should be ‘automatically enrolled’ into NEST or an employer pensions scheme.

The tweet below has attracted many tributes by those who knew him. Please feel free to add your memories in the comment box below.


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