SNP manifesto: how we’ll support Scotland’s older people

By , 25/04/16

We will always ensure that the contribution older people have made throughout their lives is recognised.

Here’s what an SNP government will do for Scotland’s older people.

  • Through the National Entitlement Card, Scotland’s older people and disabled people will continue to be able to travel for free on local or Scottish long distance buses.

  • We will protect free personal and nursing care for the elderly.

  • Prescriptions and eye tests will remain free of charge.

  • Low income pensioners will be protected from Labour's Basic Rate of Income Tax hike.

  • Winter Fuel Payments will be protected, and we’ll ensure early payment to the almost 80,000 pensioners who live ‘off-grid’, so they can take advantage of lower prices.

  • We will provide resources for a new programme of financial health check-ups to help pensioners and those on low incomes make the most of their money, secure the best energy tariffs and make it easier to access bank accounts.

  • We will develop and implement a national strategy to tackle social isolation backed by a fund of £500,000 in 2016/17.

  • We will continue to provide practical and financial support for kinship and foster care families, and introduce a new national allowance for kinship care and foster care.

  • We will review the legislation to ensure the interests of children and their need to form and maintain relationships with key adults in their lives – including grandparents – are at the heart of any new statutory measures.

  • Our NHS will be made fit for the future with nearly £2 billion of extra investment by the end of the next parliament. New action will be taken to tackle cancer and mental health services will be improved too.

  • We will invest £200 million in five new elective treatment centres across the country - to ensure faster, better care for planned operations such as hip and knee replacements and cataract procedures.

  • We will reform the NHS to meet the challenge of an ageing population by investing an additional £1.3 billion in our health and social care partnerships, reforming primary care and increasing the numbers of GPs and nurses working in our communities.

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