Lib Dems call for stop to ministerial takeover of care services as consultation closes

As the Scottish Government consultation on proposals for a ministerial takeover of care services closes today, Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for a halt to the SNP’s “centralisation mission” in social care.

The party’s alternative plan to deliver reform of adult social care would see much needed changes, without the yet more power and control being granted to Scottish ministers. It includes new national entitlements to drive up the quality of care for users and prioritising the introduction of new national fair work standards for staff to improve pay, conditions and career progression. 

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SNP targets COP26 with “distracting and divisive” independence advert

Responding to the newly released advert from the SNP promoting independence at the outset of COP26, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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Cole-Hamilton: COP26 must offer the world and Scotland new hope

Speaking on the eve of the COP26 conference kicking off in Glasgow, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said the event must offer the world new hope for the climate emergency and finally cause the Scottish Government to act on a scale that will bring an end to its years of missed targets and opportunities.

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Rennie: childcare should not be postcode lottery prize

Commenting on the extension of guaranteed childcare funding for children who defer their Primary 1 start date to five more local authority areas from 2022, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie said: 

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Cole-Hamilton calls for new funding to protect against the "Scottish Monsoon"

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for a new fund to protect communities from extreme weather as heavy rain batters Scotland on the eve of COP26.

Homes have been evacuated, infrastructure has been washed away, roads flooded and trains have been cancelled.

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McArthur brands 'Islands Bond' a "gimmick"

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Thursday) called for the Scottish Government to "ring-fence" funding allocated to the Islands Bond "gimmick" to be invested in broadband or transport connectivity instead.

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Rennie presses the First Minister on facial recognition technology in schools.

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie has today called on the First Minister to intervene in the rollout of facial recognition in schools.

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Deadline to avert rail strikes passes with no deal struck

Responding to the deadline passing for a deal to be struck between ScotRail and the RMT union and this morning's Good Morning Scotland interview with ScotRail Operations Director David Simpson in which he revealed that if strikes go ahead, just two rail routes will run during the COP26 conference, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:

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SNP vote for airport expansion in blow to climate hopes

Responding to the SNP voting in favour of a third runway at Heathrow on the eve of COP26, which experts say would add an additional 600,000 tons of extra emissions to the atmosphere, Scottish Liberal Democrat Climate Emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur commented:

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UK budget is a toxic cocktail of cost-of-living hikes and planetary neglect

Responding to the UK budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"This budget is a toxic cocktail of cost-of-living hikes and planetary neglect.

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