Watt backs ‘Hot Tips’ calendar by Scots charity

Aberdeen South and North Kincardine MSP Maureen Watt has welcomed the distribution of Age Scotland’s 2013 ‘Hot Tips’ calendar.

The national older people’s charity has produced more than 50,000 calendars as part of its ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.

Each month it addresses specific topics affecting the everyday lives of the elderly, such as changes to welfare benefits, reducing fuel bills, repairs in the home, and keeping fit and healthy.

The calendar is funded by the Scottish Government and features content from organisations including Care & Repair, Housing Options Scotland, and the British Heart Foundation, all of whom have contributed their own top tips.

Ms Watt said: “The ‘Hot Tips’ Calendar is a fantastic initiative from Age Scotland, and I would encourage my constituents to pop in to my constituency office and pick up their free copy.

“We all know that increasingly severe Scottish winters are particularly challenging for older people. Not only does the season bring increased health risks for this demographic, but 65% of single pensioner households, and around half of pensioner couples in Scotland are also fuel poor.

“Moreover, recent weeks have heralded further increases in energy costs, meaning growing numbers of pensioners could be faced with the stark choice that no-one should ever have to make; heating or eating.

“That is why I welcome Age Scotland’s distribution of ‘Hot Tips’ calendar, which is an invaluable resource in helping people gradually prepare for winter through a series of expert tips. Copies of the calendar are available at my constituency office at 51 Victoria Road, Aberdeen. They can also be found in your local Age Scotland retail shop, or by emailing hottips@agescotland.org.uk.”