Brexit: What Matters to Local Communities and Older People in Scotland

Section: Engagement in EuropePeople and NetworksThe ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 28th February 2019

The ALLIANCE has published a new report highlighting the findings of engagement activity around Brexit.

The ALLIANCE’s new report, exploring the impact Brexit will have on health and social care, is now available to read below.

Brexit is fast approaching with Scotland set to leave the European Union on the 29th March, as matters currently stand. In advance of this proposed date, the ALLIANCE has spent the last year asking communities across Scotland an important question: ‘What Matters to You?’ From Campbeltown to Aberdeen, local communities have told us that they have real concerns about Brexit’s potential impact on health and social care, rights and regulation, finance and funding, identity and young people.

Beyond these discussion points, many common themes emerged, including uncertainty, trust, transparency and accessibility of information.

Respondents were not only worried about their own wellbeing. They stressed the importance of security for them, for their families and for their children. This illustrates the cross-generational impact of Brexit, with any impact on younger generations affecting the wellbeing of older people in Scotland and vice versa. In this sense, the effects of Brexit will be shared across communities and across generations.


ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather commented on the findings of the newly published report:

“The ALLIANCE took this discussion to the heart of local communities where we heard about the worries people, and in particular older people, have about the impact of Brexit on their way of life, their medicines and their pension security. For younger people, issues around freedom of movement, education and learning prevailed.

“The divisive effect that Brexit has had was particularly evident in the most recent sessions where older people resented having been stereotyped as supporters of Brexit, noting a rise in ageism in Scotland.”


The Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations Michael Russell added that:

“It’s been really important throughout this divisive and disruptive Brexit process for people across Scotland to have their voices heard.

“The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland have done an excellent job engaging people, especially older people, in the Brexit conversation and their work has helped inform my ongoing discussions with the UK Government and other devolved administrations.”


For further information, please contact:

Irene Oldfather, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Phone: 0141 404 0233



Matthew Hilferty, Policy and Information Assistant

Phone: 0141 404 0231


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