Too many still facing long cancer treatment waits

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that sluggish improvements in performance against cancer waiting times targets mean that too many patients are still facing long waits to begin treatment within 62 days of urgent referral.

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Referendum legacy must be reinvigorated democracy

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that the real legacy of the referendum experience must be a reinvigorated democracy.

 

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Action needed to cut cost of reoffending

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that SNP ministers must be unrelenting in their efforts to drive down the £3bn cost of reoffending to Scotland each year.

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Hume lauches bid to protect children from second hand smoke in cars

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has today formally launched his bid to stop smoking in cars with children present. The Scottish Liberal Democrat has now formally introduced a member’s bill, which, if passed, could see smokers hit with a £100 fine if they are caught smoking in their car whilst children under the age of 18 are present.

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Proud day for equality in Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that today marks a proud day for equality, as same-sex couples in civil partnerships can marry in Scotland.

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Hume backs charity calls for mental health action

Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that urgent action must be taken to put health boards back on track towards meeting crucial mental health waiting time targets.

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Rennie urges finance committee to recall Revenue Scotland boss

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged Holyrood’s Finance Committee to recall the Head of Revenue Scotland to give evidence after a report from Audit Scotland into the new tax body stood completely at odds with a statement given by the tax chief at the committee where she said “there is nothing negative that I need to report."

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Opencast coal in Scotland could be halted

Reports that production at almost all of Scotland's opencast coal mines could grind to a halt next year has led to a warning that the devastation caused by the failing industry could blight the countryside for decades.

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McArthur slams SNP over student support shortfall

Figures published today by the Scottish Funding Council show the extent of unmet demand for student bursaries. Colleges asked for £14.7m to meet demand from students but will receive only £3.5m. Five colleges which requested support will receive no funding.

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School children are paying price for SNP broken promises

Scottish Liberal Democrats claim that new education figures show the extent to which Scotland’s school children are paying the price for SNP broken promises over education.

The figures published today show that the total number of teachers has declined further, the pupil teacher ratio has continued to increase and the average class size for P1-3 pupils has shot up to 23.3 – with 27 percent taught in classes of 26 or more.

 

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