Decade of opportunity starts with families

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, will today set out his party's families manifesto to support families across Scotland, saying the proposals put forward by others parties have been 'found wanting'.

The families manifesto sets out proposals on expanding free childcare; an additional month of shared parental leave; investment in mental health services; a carer's bonus worth £250 per year and the restriction on the marketing and advertising of junk food. 

Speaking ahead of the families manifesto launch Mr Rennie said:

"We want to build a decade of opportunity and that starts in the homes of families across Scotland.

"The pressure on children and parents from the media is crushing. It is having a damaging effect on our young people's health not just physically but mentally too.

"Obesity levels in Scotland are on the rise. Last year 3,500 primary one children weighed enough to raise concern. 

"That is why we will restrict the marketing of junk food to children and restrict advertising before the 9pm watershed, taking the bite out of family meal times.

"Our plans to invest £800m in Scotland's NHS mean that where young people do suffer from mental ill health, whether that be an eating disorder or anxiety, they will be seen quickly and locally. We want mental health specialists in every A&E department across Scotland to ensure that young people and their families can get the help at the time they need it. 

"And for those family members who take on caring responsibilities we will introduce a Carer's Bonus worth £250 each year.

"The plans set out by other parties have been found wanting - whether it's the Tories on childcare or the SNP's indefensible record on mental health.

"It is clear that only the Liberal Democrats have a clear vision and a costed plan to support families across Scotland. These are proposals which will build a fairer society."


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