First Minister visits Bearsden care home to reveal SNP plan to protect pensioners

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Albert Tait, former Chair of Stirling SNP, at Westerton Care Home, Bearsden.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Albert Tait, former Chair of Stirling SNP, at Westerton Care Home, Bearsden.

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The First Minister was in Bearsden today to launch the SNP’s Pensioners Plan which aims to protect Scotland’s elderly population.

Nicola Sturgeon met older voters at Westerton Care Home and announced a range of policies to deliver a better deal for pensioners.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I am immensely proud of the SNP’s record in government when it comes to standing up for our older people including investing in free personal care to ensure people receive the standard of care they deserve regardless of their ability to pay.

“We’ve also protected and extended the concessionary travel scheme which gives people the freedom they need to enjoy their lives.

“But there is undoubtedly more that could be done at Westminster to build on our progress in Scotland and protect the interests of older people.

“SNP MPs will push Westminster to retain the Triple Lock on pensions – meaning our older people benefit from real increases on their pensions at a time when so many people are struggling with the cost of living. And the SNP will continue to make the case for a single tier pension rate of at least £160 a week to ensure pensioners are no longer subjected to the scourge of means tested benefits.

“The Tory/Lib Dem government’s plan to further increase the state pension age is a worry to people across the UK who are planning for their future – but the failure to take Scotland’s specific circumstances into account is particularly unfair.

“Our comparatively low life expectancy rate is an issue which I will do everything in my power to change – but in the meantime it would be completely unacceptable for people in Scotland who have paid in to a state pension all of their lives to lose out.

“Our pensioners have contributed hugely to society, and are entitled to get a fair deal in their retirement in return.”

Ms Sturgeon said they would also oppose any attempts to end the Winter Fuel Allowance.