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Scottish Parliament Election 2021

Action for Older People: Our Election Asks for 2021

We are calling for an Older People's Commissioner for Scotland to be established to help protect and promote the rights of older people.

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At this election Age Scotland’s focus is on how to help older people be as well as they can be, tackling loneliness and isolation and promoting a positive view of ageing.

Action for Older People

Our election asks document seeks to outline a range of ways the next Scottish Government and Members of the Scottish Parliament can take action to improve the lives of older people.

We want Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow older.

Our older population is large, diverse and growing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK.

There are more than 2 million people over the age of 50, making up 40% of the total Scottish population, and this age group is predicted to increase substantially in numbers over the coming years. This would mean that over the next two decades a quarter of the population will be aged 65 and over and there will be a 70% increase in the number of people over 75 years old.

Promote positive views of ageing and later life

Help older people be as well as they can be

Tackle loneliness and isolation

Our Key Asks:

  • Establish the role of an Older People’s Commissioner for Scotland
  • Reform social care and establish a National Care Service
  • Tackle loneliness and social isolation
  • End pensioner poverty
  • Build more accessible, affordable, energy efficient homes suitable for older people

Snapshot of Scotland's older people

Our older population is large, diverse and growing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK.

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They would help to protect and promote the rights of older people in Scotland and have legal powers to support them in reviewing the work of public bodies and holding them to account.

Older people are an incredibly valuable asset to the country but too often under appreciated.

As Scotland’s population ages we must invest now in the services and measures that will support older people to live well in later life and make our society more age inclusive.

We need action on tackling loneliness and social isolation; rebuilding the public services and the voluntary organisations that have been greatly impacted during the pandemic; reforming social care and boosting health services; ending pensioner poverty and health inequalities; building more good quality, accessible, affordable and energy efficient homes. There must be better support for older workers, creating age inclusive workplaces; and a national effort to tackle ageism head on.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unimaginable impact on all our lives and for older people it has been devastating. Nine out of ten deaths linked to this virus in Scotland have been people over the age of 65, and they have been at the most risk of severe ill health and hospitalisation. It has drawn into sharp focus the importance of strong communities and the severe challenges faced in social care.

We want to see the establishment of an Older People’s Commissioner to help protect and promote the rights of older people in Scotland. This would be underpinned by legal powers to support them in reviewing the work of public bodies and holding them to account.

We want to see every political party in this election bring forward policies to help our older population, those in the greatest need above all, with the aim of enabling more people to enjoy the dignified, secure and fulfilling later life we all want for ourselves and those we love.

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