17.5% increase in children homeless at Christmas since 2015

Scottish Liberal Democrats today said it is a “tragedy” that 12,300 children didn’t have a home to call their own last Christmas and called for a “social rent revolution”.

Parliamentary questions by the party have shown that in 2015 there were 10,508 children categorised as homeless within the live applications on Christmas Day. In 2018, it totalled 12,343.

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New analysis shows “serious and sustained” A&E slump

New analysis published today by the Scottish Liberal Democrats has shown a “serious and sustained” slump in A&E performance in the second half of 2019, with average weekly performance compared to a year earlier worsening by 3.5% and 250 extra people per week waiting over 8 hours.

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McArthur comments on latest IT project overspend

Responding to the Auditor General finding a major ICT project at Disclosure Scotland was delivered 18 months late and at twice the original budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

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Sturgeon neglecting public services as she pushes for independence again

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of a new constitutional document tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“Even with Boris Johnson as her recruiting sergeant, the nationalists still failed to get 50% of those who turned out to vote to back them, never mind the population as a whole.

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Cole-Hamilton criticises “shameful” cancer waiting times

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today branded waits for cancer treatment “shameful” as new statistics show just two NHS boards are meeting the critical waiting time target.

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McArthur: Transport and heating emissions “rampant”

Responding to new official annual analysis of Scotland’s Carbon Footprint showing the footprint from private motoring and household heating both increasing (by 2.1% and 2.9% respectively), Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton: A&E performance shows staff need more support

Responding to the news that performance against the A&E waiting time target remains at one of its lowest points in the past 2 years, with just 82.6% of patients treated within 4 hours, 884 patients waiting over 8 hours and 278 patients waiting over 12 hours, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

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Cole-Hamilton: NHS workforce plan a victim of SNP independence obsession

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today branded waits for cancer treatment “shameful” as new statistics show just two NHS boards are meeting the critical waiting time target.

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Swinson: One day left to stop Boris Johnson and stop Brexit

Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson will today (Wednesday 11th December) deliver her final speech of the election campaign in Esher and Walton, urging voters to back the Liberal Democrats to stop Boris Johnson getting a majority and stop Brexit.

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P1 pupils from deprived backgrounds twice as likely to be obese

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has called on the Scottish Government to do more to help those from deprived backgrounds make healthy decisions, after new statistics published today show that children from the most deprived backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be “at risk of obesity” compared to those from the least deprived backgrounds.

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