MSP listens to concerns of older people

Scottish Older People's Assemby 2015. Scottish Parliament.  Colin Beattie, MSP
Scottish Older People's Assemby 2015. Scottish Parliament. Colin Beattie, MSP

Midlothian North and Musselburgh MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) supported the Scottish Older People’s Assembly 2015, held at Holyrood on Monday.

Held at the Scottish Parliament, this assembly convened to convey the experiences and concerns of the older people in Scotland directly to parliamentarians.

Speaking immediately after the event on Monday, Colin Beattie explained the importance of the event.

He said:“I was glad to attend the Scottish Older People’s Assembly this year.

“The assembly is a wonderful opportunity to hear discussion and debate from an incredibly diverse group of people.

“I was delighted to meet members of the Midlothian SOPA at today’s assembly.

“I commend them on all the work they do to ensure that a voice for older people is heard in our community and throughout Scotland.

“The workshops held today at Parliament have brought to our attention the concerns most important to Scotland’s older people and we must ensure that these concerns are being answered.”

SOPA’s local meetings, like the one held earlier this year in Dalkeith, came to a focus on Monday at Holyrood in the workshops held during this year’s conference.

These workshops were intended to identify how best to highlight the priorities of the older people of Scotland, including issues about community safety, health, and transportation.

SOPA exists to give a strong voice to older people about their concerns and experience of life in Scotland, and also raises issues about inequalities of age. It identifies issues that worry the older population and conveys messages from the grassroots direct to Scottish and Westminster Governments.