Bring Back a named Minister for Older People Petition


The post of Minister for Older People existed within the Scottish Government from 2018 to 2023.  In March last year however, older people’s issues became part of the expanded portfolio of the new Minister for Equalities, Migration and Refugees.

We are calling for the new leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland to bring back a named minister for older people when they form a new government.

Scotland’s population is ageing, and it is doing so faster than the rest of the UK. There is much to celebrate about our older population, but far too many face significant and long-lasting challenges in their lives such as poverty and low income, poor health, loneliness, discrimination, and social exclusion.

Having ministerial responsibility for older people demonstrates a serious commitment to improving the lives of the over 50s in Scotland, progresses equality, and signals to a growing and substantial group of people that they are valued and a core consideration of the Scottish Government.

If you agree, please back our campaign by signing our petition :   Bring back a Minister for Older People (

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