Keep an eye on Council response to older people’s winter weather needs

AGE Scotland is calling on Western Isles residents to keep an eye on their council this winter to see how well it is looking after vulnerable older people.

The Charity’s ‘Winter Weather Watch’ campaign invites members of the public to note the council’s response to severe weather incidents such as ice and snow, and report back to the extent to which it is successful in preventing older people getting cut off from their community and from vital public services.

Age Scotland campaigner Doug Anthoney said: “Western Isles Council says that it’s ready to look after older residents; we want to test its claims and, if necessary, hold it to account with public help.

“Taking part is really easy – you can sign up online at www.agescotland.org.uk/watch or by phone on 0845 833 0200.
“We’ll note you details and contact you in spring 2013 to ask about your winter experiences.”

Age Scotland has asked every Scottish Council about its plans for looking after vulnerable older people in winter and produced good practice recommendations for local authorities.

Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer Callum Chomczuk commented: “We were impressed by Western Isles Council’s approach to publicising the additional support it offers in winter, including social media and briefings for community groups.

“It’s also pleasing to learn about the partnerships it has developed with voluntary organisations locally,” he continued, adding: “We look forward to hearing from residents how well this is working in practice.”