Age Scotland held an election hustings in its head office on 28 March 2012. The election hustings was an ideal way for older people and organisations representing older people to ask the questions that matter in the local area. We’ve put together a round up of the event below, including some video links you can click on:
Callum Chomczuk, Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer at Age Scotland, opened the hustings and then gave the floor over to the five councillors in attenance – Jeremy Balfour (Con), Steve Burgess (Green), Paul Edie (Lib Dem), Maureen Child (Lab) and Norman Work (SNP).
The first question from the audience came from a representative of VOCAL, who asked what parties will do to support carers in the future and why only 2% of Change Fund money was invested for carers instead of 20%.
48000 people care for relatives in Edin – 1/2 of that for older people. Why only small % of Change Fund invested in this area? #edincouncil
Several more questions from the floor followed, including a question from Andrew Senew, a representative of Home Instead Edinburgh. He asked why so much resource and money was spent on tendering processes instead of going to services.
Cllr Edie: The current #edincouncil runs a very tight ship – claims opposition budget plans wld have led to cuts in social care budgets.
Finally, a question was asked from the STV Edinburgh Facebook page: it’s all well and good having election hustings, but when will councillors actually get out and meet people in advance of the local elections? Poster bans mean that many people are not even aware local elections are coming up.
Cllr Balfour encourages individuals and organisations to arrange regular events with politicians – they want to hear from you! #edincouncil