Midlothian's first Older People's Champion appointed
Councillor Margot Russell has been appointed as Midlothian’s first Older People’s Champion.
At a full Council meeting, councillors voted in favour of Councillor Russell, who is also the Depute Provost, taking on the ambassadorial position.
The agreement came after the charity Age Scotland and the Scottish Older People's Assembly (SOPA) launched a campaign calling on every local authority in Scotland to establish the role of an Older People's Champion.
Cll r Russell (Lab) will work with local older people, support organisations and other bodies representing the views of older people to identify and address issues impacting on this age group. The Older People’s Champion will also make sure the views of older people are heard within the council.