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Minister for Older People and Equalities
Older People and Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie’s letter to older people on the UN’s International Day of Older Persons
1st October 2020
This message is coming to you on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and the 30th Anniversary of the UN’s International Day of Older Persons – a day where we celebrate and recognise the importance of older people the world over! As your Minister for Older People and Equalities celebrating Scotland’s older people is…
15th July 2020
Minister for Older People Christina McKelvie has written to the Culture Secretary, strongly urging the UK Government to take responsibility and fund free TV licences for the over 75s. The full text of the letter is below. Dear Oliver, I write to you to express my deep concern regarding the announcement by the BBC on…
22nd June 2020
The death of George Floyd has sparked protests across the world highlighting the scale of racial inequality as well as calls for change. I am truly saddened to be writing in the aftermath of this event and realise that, as a result of the privilege I experience as a white person, I can never fully…
12th May 2020
Blog by Christina McKelvie, Minister for older people and equalities The coronavirus pandemic is affecting us all in a variety of different ways. I know that as the lockdown measures across Scotland continue, LGBT people may experience difficulties which are magnified by the inequality that they continue to experience. Many younger LGBT people may not…
9th May 2020
We can all agree these are challenging times, beyond what we could ever imagine. The initial response to coronavirus was to stop the spread, save lives and protect the NHS. Many necessary measures have been put in place to suppress transmission and keep people safe, but we are also looking into the impact of such…
12th July 2019
A commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and more equal place to live
21st June 2019
Ahead of the 2019 Pride Edinburgh event, I reflect on my recent trip to Lithuania for Baltic Pride.
17th May 2019
This is an important day which reminds us that we must keep fighting the discrimination which many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the world continue to face.
10th December 2018
Scottish Government Equalities Minister, Christina McKelvie, shares her highlights from the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.
1st October 2018
Today is the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons. Across the world, the population is changing. The United Nations’ own figures show that almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, two billion people – over 20 per cent of the world’s population – will be 60 or older….