New figures show clock is turning back on Scottish gender equality

The Scottish Government’s Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) published today has confirmed that the Gender Pay Gap in Scotland increased between 2020 and 2021.

The survey states that “The Gender Pay Gap for all employees in Scotland has increased from 11.1 per cent in 2020 to 11.6 per cent in 2021.” 

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SNP admit they got it wrong on national testing

Responding to the announcement that the Scottish Government will establish a “a short-life sub-group of the Curriculum and Assessment Board” to explore whether sample-based surveys, like the Scottish Survey for Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), should be reintroduced for the next academic year, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Willie Rennie MSP commented:

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Scot Gov missing heating target ahead of climate conference

Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement that they have missed their renewable heating target, Scottish Liberal Democrat climate emergency spokesperson Liam McArthur said: 

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Chamberlain supports husband's protest to secure release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

North East Fife's MP met with Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, outside the Foreign Office this morning. Mr Ratcliffe is undertaking a new hunger strike in a bid to press the UK Government into taking firmer action on behalf of his wife who has been arbitrarily detained in Iran for more than five-and-a-half years.

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Minimum wage rise: Nearly half lost to tax hike new analysis reveals

Research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that a full-time worker paid the National Living Wage will see nearly half (44%) of the proposed increase wiped out before it even reaches their bank account due to tax and the increase in National Insurance.

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College leavers suffering due to pandemic

New data from the Scottish Funding Council shows that fewer people leaving college in 2019-20 secured “positive destinations” such as work, training or further study, and an increase in the number of leavers reported to be unemployed.

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Transport minister should resign if COP trains don't run on time.

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that Transport Minister Graeme Dey should resign if all train services are not restored in time for the COP26 climate conference.

The call comes after Mr Dey told Good Morning Scotland that "the signs are not optimistic" that strike action could be averted as the long-running dispute between the RMT, Scotrail and the Scottish Government continues. He also refused to outline the contingency plans for the rail network. 

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Significant falls in cancer diagnoses

New Public Health Scotland figures published today show that in 2019 and 2020 there were 23,830 patients diagnosed with breast, colorectal or lung cancer, down from 25,412 in 2018 and 2019, a fall of 6.2%.

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New lows reported in A&E

Scotland’s health service has reported yet another week of record breaking waiting times, with just 70.9% of people attending A&E seen within the SNP’s four hour target time.

NHS Forth Valley reported that just 46.9% of their patients were seen in that timeframe.

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Council strike threat exposes reckless SNP government

Responding to reports that council workers in more than half of Scotland's local authorities are to take strike action as part of a row over pay, Scottish Liberal Democrat communities spokesperson Willie Rennie said:

"Unless the Scottish Government get their act together, public services will be paralysed.

"After years of the SNP Government in Edinburgh hollowing out local government it is no surprise that councils are struggling to put together appealing pay deals. This has always been the bizarre contradiction at the heart of the SNP. They are determined to reclaim powers from Westminster, yet ruthlessly centralise control in Edinburgh. 

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