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Academic Accepts Role To Help Elderly

Thursday, 08 January 2009

An academic from Napier University has been invited to join one of Scotland's best known national charities.

Professor John Adams has been appointed as the Economic Policy Adviser to Age Concern Scotland (ACS) after completing project work for the charity in 2008.

The economist produced a report on the impact on pensioners of alternative Council Tax scenarios in the context of potential local income tax reforms in May of last year.

Professor Adams said: "I'm delighted to be undertaking this role on behalf of Age Concern Scotland. The charity has never had an economic policy adviser and when the role was discussed I was more than happy to get involved."

"Our population is getting older and consequently the rights of the elderly are coming to the forefront. The elderly face a number of financial problems ranging from fuel poverty to transport issues. I hope that I can help make a difference in their lives."

The partnership will see Professor Adams and colleagues from the School of Accounting, Economics and Statistics carrying out research projects for the charity as well as offering advice on key aspects of its economic and social policy. He will also liaise with the media and speak at forums with and on behalf of Age Concern Scotland.

Mr. David Manion, Chief Executive of ACS said: "We are delighted to be entering into a novel partnership that sees the charity going beyond the usual areas of research on older people's issues and into the impact of aspects of economic policy on the lives of older people and an ageing population."

One of the Professor's first tasks will be to meet with Finance Secretary John Swinney along with Mr. David Manion, Chief Executive of ACS to discuss the scope for Council Tax reform in relation to the elderly and the  proposed Local Income Tax. The group will meet on January 13 at Holyrood.

Professor Adams said: "Age Concern believes that pensioners should be allowed up to a 100 percent discount on council tax. This is particularly important for the growing number of single female pensioner households in Scotland."

The partnership between Age Concern Scotland and Professor Adams will also benefit Napier University. The School of Accounting, Economics & Statistics will be consulted by ACS for all relevant economic research work that they require.


About Napier University

Napier is a friendly, lively, modern University, with campuses conveniently located around south central Edinburgh - one of the UK's most student-friendly cities. Napier offers over 200 undergraduate and post graduate courses and has over 14,000 students from over 80 countries. Napier was ranked number one for Graduate Employability in Scotland (HESA 2008) and the number one modern university in Scotland - The Guardian University Guide (published in May 2008).