Lib Dems reveal £100m in EU funding received by councils

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today warned that the UK Government’s “chaotic and cavalier” approach to Brexit is putting council services and projects at risk, after it was revealed that Scotland’s local authorities have obtained over £100m from the EU over the past three years.

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Teachers want an end to tests, not more guidance

Responding to the Scottish Government’s new recommendations for standardised testing, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott said:

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Rennie: Horrific Carseview restraint report must trigger Government action

Responding to revelations of “shocking” treatment of patients at the Carseview mental health unit in Tayside, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton: Outlaw putting children in cells

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP and deputy convener of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee Alex Cole-Hamilton has today lodged fresh amendments to the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill, calling for the Scottish Government to prohibit locking up children in police cells.

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Spring brings no respite for A&E

Commenting on today’s A&E figures which show that more than 300 patients had to wait over 8 hours during the week ending 7 April, and performance against the 4 hour target of just 88.5%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Lib Dems on local government funding calls

Responding to the findings of the new report by Unison and the Jimmy Reid Foundation, which calls for a “fundamental review” of local government funding, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities and local government spokesperson, Cllr Peter Barrett, commented:

“Just like Holyrood, local councils should have the power to raise the majority of the money that they spend. Looking at a new land value tax and giving them the purse strings would empower them in a way that has been prevented in recent years.

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Fire & Rescue Service called out to rescue 2300 animals since 2013

Scottish Liberal Democrat animal welfare spokesperson Jenny Marr has today praised the Fire & Rescue Service for their diligent and tireless work supporting communities across Scotland, after new research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed the service responded to 2276 callouts for animal-related emergencies between 2013 and 2018.

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Rennie reveals police call handlers facing pay cuts of up to £6,400

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has today has warned of experienced police call handlers could “stream for the exits” as he revealed that over 120 staff have received pay cuts of up to £6,400.

Now a Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request has revealed that 128 staff face pay cuts of up to £6,400 as a result of changes to back and night shift allowances. The new pay deal came effect on 1 April.

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Scotland doesn't want more constitutional strife

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s statement that she will outline her thinking on another independence referendum after the Easter recess, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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SNP blow hot and cold on offshore wind

Commenting on plans for the Scottish and UK Governments to host an Edinburgh summit to look at how UK companies can benefit more from the build-out of offshore wind farms in UK waters, North East Fife MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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