Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP, while campaigning in Moffatt today, has said that the SNP has failed to deliver investment for schools and mental health after statistics revealed that teachers in Dumfries and Galloway have taken nearly 14,000 days off for mental health reasons during the last three years.
A response to a Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request showed teaching staff and teaching support staff employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council have taken 13,810 days off due to mental ill health since 2013/14. The figures have risen year-on-year.
Commenting, Mr Rennie said:
“Thousands of days have been lost due to the SNP Government’s failure to deliver a step change in mental health or provide the right levels of support for our teachers. They are letting them down.
“The fact that teacher absences due to mental ill health are rising year-on-year shows they are clearly not receiving the right support. It became clear in our budget discussions that the SNP Government is much further behind on improving mental health even than we feared. These figures illustrate that.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently made the case for taking mental health funding and support to record levels. We will continue to make the case for significant investment to support teachers and pupils and get our education back up to being the best again.
“Our teachers work incredibly hard, inspire future generations and give them the skills they need to get on in life. By investing in them we invest in a stronger future for Scotland.”