Midlothian appoints first Older People's Champion
Councillor Margot Russell has been appointed as Midlothian’s first Older People’s Champion.
At the full Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted in favour of Councillor Russell, who is also Depute Provost, taking on the ambassadorial position.
Part of wider campaign
The agreement came after the charity Age Scotland and the Scottish Older People's Assembly (SOPA) launched a campaign calling on every local authority in Scotland to establish the role of an Older People's Champion.
To improve the lives of older people
Councillor Russell will work with local older people, support organisations and other bodies representing older people to identify and address issues impacting on this age group.
Representing their interests
The Older People’s Champion will also make sure the views of older people are heard within the council.