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Finance Committee 2

The architect behind free care for the elderly called on the Finance Committee to watch out for voluntary organisations during the fiscal crisis as they gave "more bang for your buck" than some public services.

Lord Sutherland from the Royal Society of Edinburgh said the committee could watch what what was happening to voluntary organisations across Scotland's local authorities as they more likely to face cuts to their budgets, during the second evidence session looking at Scotland's demographic change and ageing population on 19 September 2012.

He said MSPs could ask each of Scotland's 32 local authorities how their budgets for voluntary collaboration were changing. Lord Sutherland earlier said it was important to focus spending on a decent evaluation of value for money and an effective use of money in the medium to long term as well as the immediate needs of the ageing population.

Also taking part in the round table discussion, Professor Robert Logie from the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, said one of the important messages was that not every old person was the same, as different people age at different rates and thus require different care.

The remit of the committee is to identify the impacts that demographic change and an ageing population will have primarily on the public finances in respect of the provision of health and social care, housing, pensions and the labour force.

It also agreed to look at planning being undertaken by the Scottish government and key public bodies to mitigate such impacts.

The committee also took evidence from Anne Simpson from National Osteoporosis Society, Delia Henry from Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, Robert Parry from NHS Education for Scotland and Simon Fevre from the British Dietetic Association.

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