Scottish Older People's Assembly to discuss welfare reform

The impact of welfare reform will be discussed at a national event for older people in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 5 December 2013).

The Scottish Older People’s Assembly is an annual event organised by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government and will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Representatives from around the country will meet to discuss the key issues affecting older people, such as important changes in legislation and how to remain socially connected in later life.

Speakers at the Assembly will include Shona Robson MSP and Bill Scott, from Inclusion Scotland. The day will be webcast live and also available for viewing on the website after the event.

Convener of Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Ricky Henderson said: “It is vital that older people have a voice and the Older People’s Assembly is an excellent forum to discuss the issues that affect them.

“Understandably a lot of older people are worried about the impact of recent welfare reform measures and this year’s Assembly will allow people to voice their concerns to the Scottish and Westminster Governments.

“There will also be the opportunity to seek advice from specialist organisations about the support services available to older people to help them live well in later life.”

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