Keeping an eye on Council’s pledge

Age Scotland is calling on Deeside and Donside residents to keep an eye on Aberdeenshire 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 to report back on 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: “Aberdeenshire 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 your 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.