Fiona Hyslop, SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothians has signed Age Scotland’s pledge to champion the needs of older people in Scotland.
Scotland’s population faces unprecedented aging due to a declining birth rate and the retirement of “baby boomers.” It is estimated that that within 20 years there will be 1.31 million people at or above the State Pension Age, an increase of 35% on the current number.
As such Fiona Hyslop has pledged to tackle ageism throughout our society and to ensure that everyone is treated equally regardless of their age.
Commenting on the pledge Fiona said;
“It is vitally important that we remember West Lothian’s changing dynamic. Services should be altered and adapted to ensure that the elderly do not get left behind and forgotten.
“Through my constituency case work I am more than aware of the difficulties older people are facing and I will continue to fight for their rights and battle for a better deal on their behalf.
“The elderly will always play an important role in our society and it is important to remember that many above the State Pension Age are still able to support themselves. We must tackle ageism effectively and quickly. “
To contact the Scottish Helpline for Older People directly by calling 0845 125 9732 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.