Free school meals must not leave councils out of pocket.

Commenting on reports that the Scottish Government has ordered councils to continue giving out free school meals during the Easter holidays, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Lib Dems demand clarity on Scottish testing target confusion

Responding to confusion over whether the new testing target includes testing carried out in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

“Our health workers deserve clarity over testing targets.

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Rennie calls on Scottish Government to save local journalism

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to support local papers by launching a significant new coronavirus public information campaign and extending the 100% business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to local media, as he praised their work keeping the public well informed and raising spirits.

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Jardine praises Land Rover for supplying vehicles to help Red Cross get supplies to isolated people in need

Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today praised Jaguar Land Rover for their generous contribution to the coronavirus response, after a number of vehicles the company has deployed to the Red Cross were dispatched to Scotland.

 

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Protective equipment deliveries must reach every corner of Scotland

Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon's press conference which announced that more than eight weeks' worth of personal protective equipment will be delivered to GP surgeries this week, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Prisons dealing with crisis on crisis

Commenting on reports that almost a quarter of Scottish Prison Service staff are currently absent from work, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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Extend free school meals into the holidays demands Rennie

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to ensure children on free school meals will continue to receive vouchers over the Easter holidays. 

The call follows confirmation from the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, that children in Wales will also be offered free school meals during the break.

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Jardine says cancellation of Edinburgh festivals is “devastating”

Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today described the cancellation of the five Edinburgh festivals as “devastating for the city”.

 

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Lib Dems respond to "sharp u-turn' on jury trials

Responding to the announcement that the Scottish Government has withdrawn the section of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill that would suspend jury trials in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, who lodged amendments objecting to the plans, said:

"The Scottish Government's sharp u-turn on its plans to end jury trials is important. 

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Migrant NHS "Heroes" should be given indefinite leave to remain

The Liberal Democrats have called for all foreign national NHS workers risking their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic to be awarded indefinite leave to remain.

The call follows reports that doctors, nurses and paramedics will automatically have their visas extended, free of charge, for one year.

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