Councillor elected as Falkirk's first champion for older people

Veteran councillor Dennis Goldie has been elected as Falkirk's older people's champion.

The new position was created at the request of the charity Age Scotland and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA).

They want to create a Scotland-wide network of Older People’s Champions - councillors who act as a link between the council and older people in the local area.

Their aim is to ensure that older people’s perspectives are take on board in every policy area, while champions will also help to feed back on older people’s concerns to the council.

Dennis Goldie

Mr Goldie was nominated for the position by Labour group leader Robert Bissett, who said he had "bags of experience".

He said: "I think this is something that gets overlooked, the help we need to give to older people, especially when they are isolated and vulnerable."

The SNP group nominated Councillor Lorna Binnie but Mr Goldie won the vote.

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