Older Peoples’ Assembly takes over Holyrood


The Scottish Parliament’s debating chamber will be taken over by The Scottish Older People’s Assembly on Friday 25 November.

The day will see the assembly, which is made up of leading older peoples’ organisations in Scotland, engaging with senior politicians and public figures on issues such as the inequalities affecting older people, social security and health. Around 180 delegates are expected to attend.

The Assembly will be chaired by the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, and Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, Deputy Convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. Other contributions will come from Neil Findlay MSP, Convener of the Health and Sport Committee; Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security; and John McCormick, Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform. The whole day will be broadcast by The Scottish Parliament and available afterwards online.

Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, said:

"The voices of older people in Scotland need to be heard here in Holyrood, and in this case we are going to ensure they are heard in the debating chamber itself.  Over the last 17 years, laws made at the Scottish Parliament have had a direct impact on the lives of older people in our society and Holyrood’s influence is set to increase further with the devolution of new powers.

“I hope that this forum gives both older people and our Parliament a chance to reflect on how best we should engage and work together, and to hear the views of older people on what they need and want.”

Tom Berney, Chair of the Scottish Older Peoples’ Assembly Committee, said:

“The Annual Assembly is the culmination of the local meetings we have a held with older people all round Scotland. The Assembly in the Debating Chamber gives them the opportunity to hear from, and engage with key parliamentary decision makers on the full range of issues affecting us. We’re looking forward to a lively and influential day.”


The Scottish Older Peoples' Assembly Committee is made up of representatives from:

  • Alzheimer Scotland
  • Age Scotland
  • City for All Ages Advisory Group
  • Dumfries & Galloway Seniors Forum
  • Generations Working Together
  • Grey Matters, Argyll and Bute
  • Highland Senior Citizens Network
  • Human Development Scotland
  • Interfaith Association
  • Kintyre Seniors Forum
  • Learning in Later Life Students' Association, University of Strathclyde
  • LGBT Age
  • Make It Happen Forum Falkirk
  • National Federation of Occupational Pensioners
  • National Pensioners Convention
  • Older People's Reference Group Stirling
  • Orkney Voices
  • Renfrewshire Seniors Forum
  • Seniors Together South Lanarkshire
  • Trust Housing Association (Equality Scotland)
  • University of the Third Age (U3A) in Scotland
  • West Lothian Senior People's Forum

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