Martin Whitfield MSP is encouraging older constituents in East Lothian to have their voices heard by taking part in Age Scotland’s annual Big Survey.

Scotland’s national charity for older people is seeking the views and experiences of people over the age of 50 about all aspects of their lives, including health and wellbeing, the cost of living crisis, age discrimination and working in later life.

What’s the best thing about getting older? What do you think the new First Minister’s top priority for older people should be? Do you think older people are valued for their contribution to society? Do you feel financially squeezed by your household bills?

The 2023 Age Scotland Big Survey follows up on its inaugural edition two years ago which was the most comprehensive of its kind. The charity will use the information gathered from older people to help shape policy and work to ensure that older people’s opinions are heard at local and national level.

The survey can be completed online at or people can call 0333 32 32 400 to order a printed copy which can be returned in a freepost envelope. The survey will close on Monday 24th April.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“Older people have faced significant challenges over the last few years with the pandemic, the crisis in our NHS and cost of living increases having a disproportionate impact on many older members of society.

“Age Scotland undertakes really important work supporting and advocating for older people. Its annual Big Survey is an opportunity to capture the concerns and priorities of older people and help influence decision-makers locally and nationally.

“I’m urging constituents over 50 to take a few minutes out to complete the survey and ensure that their views help inform and shape future policy and legislative decisions.”

Age Scotland’s Chief Executive Mark O’Donnell said:

“The first time Age Scotland carried out this survey in 2021 more than 3,500 over 50s took part, and older people were facing challenges at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. It highlighted the significant issues older people face but also demonstrated the incredible value they offer society.

“This edition will be an opportunity to find out how people’s lives have changed and what issues are most important to them now. We’re delving into lots of different areas to get as in depth a picture as possible about later life in Scotland.

“This is incredibly valuable in helping provide both national and local government with new evidence to help inform their future policies and ensure the needs of Scotland’s older population are well considered.”