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Age Concern Update

Dear Councillor Coyne,


As the national charity for older people, Age Scotland works to improve the lives of everyone over 50.

We wanted to get in touch to share the following updates about our current campaigns and some of our recent projects.

We hope you enjoy reading, and if you’d like any further information about any of the topics featured please get in touch at 



Check in, Cash out campaign

Across Scotland, 150,000 pensioners live in relative poverty. While there are a range of social security payments available to help older people, hundreds of millions of pounds are left unclaimed in Scotland every year.

That’s why we launched our social security uptake and awareness campaign, Check in, Cash out, earlier this year.

We’re encouraging older people to check in to see if they could be entitled to cash out by:

  • Contacting Age Scotland’s free and confidential 0800 12 44 222 helpline for a benefits entitlement check
  • Using our free benefits information guides
  • Or attending a free training session about social security for older people above State Pension age

Our current campaign focus is energy and help with bills. We’ve been sharing tips about keeping warm this winter from our Warm and Well guide and encouraging people to call our helpline for energy advice and an entitlement check.

We’re grateful to partners and colleagues who have supported the campaign, and we’d be very pleased if you could continue to share it with your older constituents. You can find draft newsletter copy in our campaign pack and suggested social media copy in our social media toolkit.


Find out more about our campaign




Sign up to one of our social security workshops

Thanks to funding from the Yorkshire Building Society, Age Scotland has developed two online workshops about social security for people over State Pension age.

We wanted to share this opportunity with you as it may be of relevance in your efforts to support your older constituents.

The sessions are free to attend, and provide useful information for older people and anyone who supports them.

Our 2-hour general workshop gives an overview of means tested and non-means tested social security (and looks at what is changing). We have also developed a 1-hour session providing advice on completing the Attendance Allowance application form.

You can book your place at one of our upcoming sessions at

Please share the training with anyone you feel would be interested – colleagues, partners or your older constituents.


Book your place at one of our workshops



The Big Survey – have you read it?

Earlier this year, Age Scotland surveyed 3,562 people over 50 from across Scotland with our research partners Scotinform. The findings provide a snapshot of what it is like to be an older person living in Scotland today.


Key Findings:

  • 53% of respondents feel lonelier due to the pandemic
  • One third said their mental health has deteriorated over the last few years
  • Two thirds were less active over the last year, and around 50% felt worried about a loss of strength and mobility
  • One third thought older people were made to feel a burden to society, and only 9% felt positive about the future
  • 26% felt financially squeezed by their bills – energy and Council Tax bills were the biggest financial concerns cited
  • 67% reported increased energy bills as a result of staying at home more since March 2020 – 38% had struggled to pay increased bills and 4% were now in arrears


The Big Survey (PDF)


The Big Survey ‘snapshot report’ (PDF)


Older People’s Champions campaign

Along with the Scottish Older People’s Assembly, we have been calling for every local authority in Scotland to appoint a Councillor as an Older People’s Champion. We’re delighted to report that 19 local authorities now have an Older People’s Champion(s), or equivalent role, including Clackmannanshire.

An Older People’s Champion is a Councillor who is tasked with working to ensure older people’s voices are heard by their local authority.

In partnership with our campaign supporters, SOPA and Age Scotland are continuing to engage with those local authorities without an Older People’s Champion, and we hope to build up to representation from every council in due course.


Read more about the campaign



Other news and updates 



Thanks for reading our latest update!

If you’d like more information on any of the topics featured, please do get in touch.

Best wishes,

Age Scotland Policy Team




Age Scotland Policy and Communications Team
Age Scotland is keen to work with Scotland’s political representatives in order to raise awareness and take action on issues of concern to older people, their families and those who care for them.Our Policy and Communications team can be contacted on and are available to help with issues that affect Scotland’s older people.The Charity provides a seven day a week response to media enquiries through a dedicated press telephone line – 07801 500 663 – and email address,  This service is available from 8am – 8pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm at weekends.  You can also contact our switchboard on 0333 323 2400 and ask to speak to a press officer.

About Age Scotland 
Age Scotland, part of the UK-wide Age Network, is an independent charity dedicated to ensuring that older people in Scotland get the support and opportunities they need to be able to enjoy a better later life.

Website:    Switchboard: 0333 323 2400

Age Scotland is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in Scotland.  Reg No: 153343, Charity No: SC010100.  Registered Office: Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR.



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Neighbourhood Watch – Alert, DVLA Fake Websites

The following Alert is being circulated on behalf of Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police and is being circulated nationally due to its relevance.

Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Division have received reports regarding fake DVLA websites that are charging people more money than they need to spend.

Reports have been received over the past few months, with an incident as recent as yesterday, whereby people are looking to either book their driving theory test or send away for a new/provisional driving licence and have been directed to a fake website.

Some people are searching using their internet search bar and have clicked on a link that isn’t an official DVLA site. These scam websites look genuine and will ask for payment which is often far greater than the cost of going directly through DVLA.

Scammers have been known to make fake websites which look very official, so if you’re looking for information from the DVLA online, look at the URL and make sure it ends in ‘’.

DVLA is aware of problems with third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA, for example to customers who are applying for driving licences. Some sites exaggerate the nature of the services they provide, or deliberately underplay the services that people can get for free or at a lower cost from DVLA. These services are in no way affiliated with DVLA. In particular you may come across these websites in the sponsored links or paid-for results section when using online search engines.

These websites often claim to offer value-added services to ensure your application is correct before you send it to DVLA. However, using this service will mean you can end up paying as much as 3 times the normal price for your driving licence.

Use DVLA’s online driving licence or vehicle tax services on GOV.UK
By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax services on GOV.UK, you can be sure that you are dealing directly with DVLA and you will not be charged any additional fees. Your driving licence or vehicle tax application will be completed online without the need for a paper application in the majority of cases.

If you come across adverts for misleading websites you can report them. For advice on how to do this read Report a misleading website to search engines.


Neighbourhood Watch Alert -Thefts of Quadbikes

This Alert is being circulated on behalf of Michael Williams, Safer Communities, Police Scotland

The  images below and attached relate to a recovered Quad bike from the Cleveland Force area which was seized as suspected stolen with the identifying vin and engine numbers removed.

If anyone has any information as to who they may belong to, could you please contact the Police on 101 and request the information be passed to PC Michael Williams L138 at Dumbarton



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Message Sent By
Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)



Amber Weather Warning 26 – 27 November


Storm Arwen – Amber Warning

Winds could gust to more than 75mph over some parts of Scotland when Storm Arwen hits, the Met Office has warned.

An amber warning has been issued for northern and eastern Scotland from Orkney down to the Borders from 15:00 on Friday to 09:00 on Saturday.
The warning also covers parts of north east England.
The Met Office have issued an AMBER warning for wind for Eastern Scotland, covering the Orkney Islands, East Highlands, Grampian, Tayside, Fife and the Lothians & Borders. The winds will be from a north to north-easterly direction, and it’s quite unusual to get such strong winds from that direction. Areas exposed to the northeast are likely to see strongest winds, with the potential of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and a potential risk to life and property.

In addition to the strong winds, snow will primarily affect high ground during Friday afternoon and evening, although there could be some sleet/temporary snow at lower levels in the north of Scotland. The combination of snow and strong winds will bring some very difficult travel conditions. Warnings for Snow and Ice will be issued later this morning.

The public are encouraged to take sensible precautions prior to and during severe weather events and to visit Ready.Scot for information.

The warnings can be viewed on the Met Office website

Advice on how to prepare for and deal with severe weather can be found at:

This includes:

Securing loose outdoor objects around your property, like guttering, pipes, roof tiles, fences and trampolines
Safely checking if friends or neighbours need any help, remembering to follow Covid safety guidance
If you have to travel, giving yourself extra time…take a winter car kit…a warm jacket, boots and a blanket
Taking care by the coast as there may be large waves and spray.
Being aware of snow on high ground
Where possible, parking away from trees and walls
Keeping a supply of essential food and bottled water for your family and pets

Please share this information appropriate

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Lateral Flow Testing sites, 15/11/21 to 28/11/21

Please see below dates and locations for Community LFT Testing for the two week period from 15 November 2021.


MONDAY 15/11/2021 Menstrie Bowling Club, Elmbank, Menstrie, FK11 7AR (Car park) Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm
TUESDAY 16/11/2021 Sauchie Hall, Sauchie, FK10 3EA (circle area at top of car park across from hall) Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm
THURSDAY 18/11/2021 Candleriggs Carpark, Alloa, FK10 1ED Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm
FRIDAY 19/11/2021 Dollar Hive, Park Place Dollar, FK14 7AA (Car park) Collection Point Only 9am-5pm
WEDNESDAY 24/11/2021 Cochrane Hall, Alva, FK12 5LJ (Car park at the front of hall on main road side) Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm
THURSDAY 25/11/2021 Tullibody Civic Centre, Abercromby Pl, Tullibody, FK10 2RU (car park nearest Tullibody South Campus) Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm
FRIDAY 26/11/2021 Morrisons Supermarket, Clackmannan Road, Alloa, FK10 1RQ (Car park) Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm
SATURDAY 27/11/2021 Sterling Mills, Tillicoultry, FK13 6HQ (near Nike) Collection Point Only 9am-5pm
SUNDAY 28/11/2021 Clackmannan Primary School, Lochies Road, Clackmannan, FK10 4JS (front playground) Onsite Testing and Collection Point 10.30-4pm


Meadowside Crescent – Springfield Development

Just to give you an update on the naming process for the Springfield Development.  A Clackmannanshire Council planning committee was held on Thursday 4th November and the committee members agreed on the name for the proposed new street as “Meadowside”.  The Building Standards service adds the descriptive element of the new street name and have decided that it will be “Crescent”.

Accordingly, the new street name for the development at the former Bowling Green will be Meadowside Crescent.

New Fire and Smoke Alarm Legislation

This advice is from Trading Standards Scotland setting out the potential for scammers and rogue traders to take advantage of the those unsure of the new legislation and installation deadline. This could lead to you paying inflated costs for inferior products and fitting or to becoming a victim of a financial scam

The advice highlights where you can get trusted information. Always remember to get a minimum of 2 quotes for any potential work from reliable and trusted traders and if needed seek advice from someone you trust.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards leaflets which are attached and on the following links below

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Scottish Government

Service of Remembrance 14 November






Please note that our Service of Remembrance will take place at the Church at the usual time of 9.30 a.m.

The  Service at the War Memorial will commence at 10.45 a.m
(not at 11.00 a.m.).

The Service will be taken by JEAN T. PORTER, BD, DCS,  Deaconess, St Mark’s Parish Church of Scotland, Stirling.


Please ensure you and others in your care do not stand on the road carriageway during the service at the war memorial




Greer Conroy, Session Clerk


MCC has been made aware of 2 Traffic Regulation Orders relating to Alva. They are available now on the Clackmannanshire website available at Traffic Regulation Orders (

Notice: A823 Glendevon Bridge Repair

MCC has been made aware of road works that will be undertaken on the A823 at Glendevon Bridge which will result in a full road closure from 3rd December lasting for two weeks.

Please click on the following link to view the main text of a letter, which has been received by Glendevon residents, for further detail on when these works will be undertaken. Please plan your journeys accordingly.

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Gillian Thompson

Secretary – Muckhart Community Council