Progress made on classes for local older people

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has acted on behalf of constituents forced to abandon the flexible 'pay as you go' system for ActiveAge classes offered at Glasgow University.

The university had decided, without consultation, to force participants to book weeks in advance in order to get a place on a block of classes. In addition, members had to register on a specific booking day or they would lose the chance to attend classes for the entire period.

Commenting Jo said:

"Many of those affected by these changes are elderly people, some of whom are recovering from serious illness or injury. These classes are immensely valuable for them.

"The sudden change was devastating, particularly to those who rely on the classes for their fitness and social wellbeing.

"I wrote to the university who recognised the shortcomings, and they have made a number of concessions including that one person is now able to book for two to enable members who are unable to attend on the booking days from losing out.

"Also when a member is unable to attend for any reason, someone who has not secured a place on the course can attend instead."

"Though I appreciate these concessions will still not suit everyone, they do go some way to addressing the concerns and I'm glad the university has engaged with their class users."

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