Pledges on el­derly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Clare Haughey this week wel­comed the SNP’s elec­tion com­mit­ments to Scot­land’s older peo­ple, in­clud­ing boost­ing their in­comes, im­prov­ing health and so­cial care, and tack­ling iso­la­tion.

On Mon­day, SNP Leader Ni­cola Stur­geon set out six key pledges for older peo­ple.

They in­clude pro­tect­ing so­cial ben­e­fits, pro­tect­ing pen­sion­ers from coun­cil tax re­form and any rises to in­come tax, pay­ing the win­ter fuel al­lowance ear­lier, pro­vid­ing re­sources for fi­nan­cial health check-ups, guar­an­tee­ing real-term in­creases in NHS spend­ing and re­view­ing fam­ily law.

Ms Haughey said:“We owe an enor­mous debt of grat­i­tude to our older peo­ple, who have not only worked hard and con­trib­uted to our econ­omy but con­tinue to make a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to our fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties, which is why the SNP has al­ready done a lot for se­nior cit­i­zens. Only an SNP gov­ern­ment will put their needs at the fore­front of the next Scot­tish Par­lia­ment so that we de­liver an even bet­ter, fairer deal for all our older peo­ple.

“Dur­ing tough fi­nan­cial times we will con­tinue to pro­tect the NHS with real-terms spend­ing in­creases, we will con­tinue to pro­tect key so­cial ben­e­fits such as the con­ces­sion­ary bus pass and free per­sonal and nurs­ing care and will build on these gains of de­vo­lu­tion with the new pow­ers com­ing to Scot­land.

“We’ll also en­sure that low in­come pen­sion­ers are ex­cluded from coun­cil tax re­form and pro­tect them from Labour’s plans to hike the ba­sic rate of in­come tax, which would hit the pock­ets of half a mil­lion older Scots.”

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