Mhairi Black MP has called on the UK Government to take ageism more seriously.
The local MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South recently met with Communications and Policy Assistant Kate Samuel from Generations Working Together to find out what she can do to assist with their work.
Generations Working Together has the main aim of working towards creating a fairer Scotland where people of all ages, but particularly the young and old, work together to challenge stereotypes, build social cohesion and mutual respect and build stronger communities founded on the assets of all its members.
Concerns had been raised to Mhairi over the intergenerational fairness report from Lord True that was published earlier this year as intergenerational charities have claimed that the report was forcing ageism. For example, the report recommended implementing scrapping the free tv license for over 75’s.
Mhairi Black MP, said: “Generations Working Together are doing smashing work here in Renfrewshire. It was good to hear about the Intergenerational Guide in Early Learning and Childcare as well as the concerns they had with the intergenerational fairness report. We need to challenge ageism and what a better way to do it than our young and old people working together.
“The UK Government wants to pit our young people against our older people. The intergenerational fairness report does not challenge the dodgy policies that make both older people and younger people worse off under this Government.
“The Tories are still robbing people’s pensions and taking away our over 75’s free TV licenses. They are still not giving our 16- and 17-year olds a vote or giving them a living wage. While inequalities such as these exist for both our young and old people we still have work to do.”
Generations Working Together Communications and Policy Assistant Kate Samuel ,said: “It’s great to see how committed Mhairi is to support intergenerational work and it was really interesting to share the work already taking place in Renfrewshire. Our Renfrewshire and Inverclyde network is one of our most popular ones in Scotland and is open to all the community. It will be great to continue working to challenge ageism and it is important that we highlight the positive relationships between younger and older people as opposed to pitting them against each other.”
Photo: Mhairi with Kate from Generations Working Together