Rennie on budget priorities

Speaking ahead of the publication of the draft Scottish budget the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

“The Liberal Democrats have put forward constructive proposals for investing in mental health services, for a good pay deal for teachers and investment in local government services.

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Scottish Government planning failures leave A&E “in the lurch”

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today reprimanded the Scottish Government for poor planning and leaving NHS staff “in the lurch” as new statistics reveal A&E performance has dropped back well below the 90% target.

Official figures released today show performance against the 4-hour waiting time target at 87.9% - the lowest level since April.

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Cole-Hamilton calls for action to end the GP crisis

Responding to the publication of a GP headcount, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“While the headcount has been steady, we know more GPs are opting to work part-time because of the pressures of the job.

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Scott: Latest report oblivious to verdict on P1 tests

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said a new report by the organisation delivering the Scottish Government’s national tests is “completely oblivious” to the verdict on the policy and practicalities of testing four and five-year-olds.

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Scott: SNP dodging scrutiny on pupil performance

Responding to the publication of data on the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP:

“The SNP Government scrapped the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy because it showed year after year of decline.

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Scott: Class sizes symbolic of SNP education failure

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said there is an urgent need to give teachers a boost after new statistics showed that class sizes remain at their highest rate since the SNP took office.

The annual school census reveals that the average class size this year remains at 23.5.

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Deprived P1s twice as likely to be obese

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Government to help “foster healthy habits” among young people, after new statistics published today show that children from the poorest backgrounds are twice as likely as their better off peers to be “at risk of obesity”.

Official figures reveal that 12.9% of the ‘most deprived’ primary ones are at risk of obesity (BMI>=95th), compared to 6.5% of the ‘least deprived’ primary ones.

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Scott: Teacher recruitment crisis “alive and well”

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today lambasted the Education Secretary, John Swinney, for “skewing the facts” on student teacher intake, after new statistics showed serious failures by the Scottish Government to meet key targets on secondary school and alternative route education entry.

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Cole-Hamilton wants contempt mechanism for Scottish Parliament

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged a motion calling for the Scottish Parliament to be empowered to hold the Scottish Government in contempt, following the historic vote in Westminster this week and in light of the Education Secretary continuing with the policy of P1 national testing in breach of an instruction from the Scottish Parliament to halt it.

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Rennie on RBS Brexit cash shift

Responding to reports that the Royal Bank of Scotland is to shift £13 billion worth of business to the Netherlands if the UK crashes out of the European Union with no deal, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

“There has never been a Conservative government more hostile to British business. RBS couldn’t be any clearer: Brexit is a bad idea and a no-deal Brexit will have home grown companies running for the hills.

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