Scottish Labour Leader Iain Gray today said Labour’s manifesto would offer “respect, support and dignity” for pensioners, as he launched his party’s manifesto for older people. Labour’s manifesto for older people includes pledges to:
- Protect the concessionary bus travel scheme for all over 60s and extend it to those with mobility challenges and those in remote areas
- End the postcode lottery of care with the creation of a National Care Service
- Establish Scotland’s first chronic pain centre
- Implement a new boiler scrappage scheme to help older people’s bills
- Introduce a new right to see a cancer specialist and get results within two weeks, halving the current waiting times
Scottish Labour Leader, Iain Gray, said:
“One of Labour’s proudest achievements is the introduction of the concessionary bus travel scheme which has given thousands of our older people the freedom to travel across Scotland, and Labour will fight to protect it.
“Nowadays, people are fortunate enough to live longer and healthier lives, and pensioners deserve respect, support and dignity in old age.
“From the creation of the welfare state and the NHS, to free personal care and a free national bus travel, Labour has always been committed to standing up for older people.
“The Tories and the Lib Dems want to take bus passes off our older people, while the SNP don’t share Labour’s ambition to extend the scheme.”