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Policy, Research and Influencing


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Age Scotland’s vision is for a Scotland which is the best place in the world to grow older. Through our policy, research and influencing work, we seek to make this a reality by ensuring older people’s issues are high on the agenda in a wide range of policy areas.  

Age Scotland develops policy positions and responds to policy developments concerning devolved issues. While we still campaign and influence on matters affecting Scotland which are reserved to the UK parliament, our sister organisation Age UK leads on forming policy relating to these. For more information on where decision-making power lies in Scotland, please click here.

We actively promote the interests of older people to the Scottish Government, MSPs, MPs, and councillors from across the political spectrum and other stakeholders and organisations. You can browse our latest briefings and consultation responses which we use to influence politicians and decision makers using the links below. 

Our policy, research and influencing work is informed by engaging directly with older people to ensure the policy proposals we develop are based on their lived experience and priorities. We also carry out surveys and other research to gather evidence to inform our work. Throughout this, we aim to ensure we are hearing from older people whose voices are seldom heard. You can read our most recent reports and research by following the link below.



We produce briefings for politicians on relevant legislation and debates to outline our position as an organisation and key priorities for people in later life.

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If you would like further information on our policy, research and influencing work please get in touch - / 0333 323 2400

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