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Age Scotland - Action for Older People manifesto for 2021
Age Scotland has published its manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, titled “Action for Older People”. It outlines key policies they believe will help Scotland’s older people, with those over 50 now making up 40% of the population.
According to Age Scotland, there are a range of issues that specifically impact older people. These include:
Poverty, as 150,000 pensioners are estimated to live in relative poverty
Loneliness, as 200,000 older people go at least a week without seeing or hearing from anyone, and 100,000 report feeling lonely most or all of the time
Digital exclusion, as half of over 60’s don’t use the internet
Gender inequality, as the pension wealth of women is 40% below that of men
Care, as 80,000 older people receive social care support.
Amongst the key policies that Age Scotland is putting forward to address these issues is a Scottish Commissioner for Older People, who would act as a national voice for older people and hold public bodies to account. The other policies spotlighted in the Age Scotland manifesto are to reform social care and establish a National Care Service; tackle loneliness and social isolation; end pensioner poverty; and build more accessible, energy efficient homes suitable for older people.