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DEMO AT SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT THURSDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2016

To mark UN International Older People’s Day 2016, the SPF, in conjunction with the STUC and other SPF affiliates and members, held a demonstration outside The Scottish Parliament calling for Ministers and MSP’s to recognise that older people and pensioners’ still have a major contribution to make in policy decisions and society as whole

Guest speakers included SPF chair Rose Jackson, STUC Women's committee Chair Davena Rankin and Bill Kidd MSP, who tabled a member's motion on behalf of the SPF and older people in Scotland calling for the Scottish Government to recognise 1st October as UN International Day of Older Persons and to respect its theme of loneliness and isolation in older people

Several MSP's joined us on the day and overall it was a very successful event

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PRESS RELEASE

Campaigning Pensioners rally support from MSP’s on UN Day for Older Persons

The Scottish Pensioners’ Forum (SPF), the campaigning organisation for older people in Scotland, will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Thursday 29th September 2016 from 11AM) to mark the UN International Day of Older Persons.

Supported by the STUC, affiliates and trade unions, the SPF is calling on the Scottish Government to recognise the issue of loneliness and isolation as a priority for older people and to acknowledge the contribution that older people make to the Scottish economy and society as a whole.

Speaking prior to the demonstration, Rose Jackson, Chairperson of the SPF said:

“As our population rapidly ages, one of the biggest challenges facing our society is loneliness and isolation. The breakdown of communities and social relationships has seen many older people confined to their homes and that is one of the worst things that can happen, it’s the loneliness that gets them. More has to be done to help combat this social ill.”

Rose went on to say “We are calling on the Scottish Government to help maintain services such as free personal care and the concessionary travel scheme as these are a vital lifeline for many older people and are often the only form of social interaction many of them have on a daily basis.

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu summed it up perfectly when saying ‘As we get older our rights do not change. As we get older, we are no less human and should not become invisible.’ The SPF and its supporters are here today to prove that this is not the case.

“The SPF will continue to move forward on our campaigns for better pensions and other older people’s issues but for today it is all about uniting in solidarity with older people from around the world to make our voices heard.”

The SPF have received support in their campaign from Glasgow Anniesland MSP Bill Kidd who has tabled a motion to parliament which has garnered support from several MSP’s who have also arranged to meet with SPF representatives on the day.

Photo opportunities will take place from 11.20AM with the opportunity to interview campaigners and supporters taking place between 11.20AM-11.45AM