Scottish Executive launches helpline for older people

    A dedicated helpline for older people has been launched by the
    Scottish minister for finance and public services Andy Kerr, writes
    Maggie Wood.

    Visiting the Scottish Pensions Association headquarters in
    Edinburgh, Kerr said that the need for clear impartial information
    from a trusted source was essential for older people who prefer
    using the phone to access information.

    The helpline will be managed by Age Concern Scotland on behalf of a
    consortium of organisations with a grant from the Scottish
    executive of £125 000. Callers will receive advice on
    benefits, housing, health and community care, and pensions.

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