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GERS statistics - What are they and why are they important?

Today the Scottish Government published the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland statistics - GERS for short.

These statistics are designed to make it easier to see how much money is raised by taxes in Scotland and how much is spent on government services.

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Cole-Hamilton: more cuts would put NHS under intolerable pressure

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton today said that wholesale budget cuts will hurt frontline NHS services following reports that health boards are currently axing £400m from budgets.

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McArthur highlights 1000 job losses since Fire merger

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said new figures revealing that Scotland has lost 1000 Fire Service staff since the SNP’s centralisation of the service shows the scale of the impact the changes have had on the emergency services.

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Rumbles: SNP must give assurances to farmers

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today urged the Scottish Government to give farmers in Scotland the stability they need.

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Cole-Hamilton: sugar tax must fund physical activities

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has urged that all funds received from the UK Government’s sugar tax should be used to encourage an active lifestyle.

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Rumbles: Rural communities should not be at the back of the queue for broadband

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has called on the SNP to deliver on their broadband commitment after an official report by Audit Scotland on superfast broadband today described targets to reach rural areas as ‘challenging’.

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Why we believe in radical drug reform

Today we called on the Scottish Government to adopt a radical new approach to drug misuse and reverse its 20% cut to support services after new figures showed drug-related deaths increased to their highest ever level in 2015. 

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Scott: SNP record on education not up to scratch

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today criticised the Scottish Government on its  failure to issue new guidance on the Government's curriculum before pupils returned to school.

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Cole-Hamilton: ministers must work with Glasgow NHS to protect services

Commenting as the board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) approved a consultation on plans that would see maternity units and other NHS facilities shut their doors, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: more cuts would put NHS under intolerable pressure

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