Lib Dems relieved to see substantial offering for the self-employed

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement that the self-employed will receive 80% of their income up to £2,500, mirroring measures already in place to support those in employment, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The Chancellor’s offering to the self-employed will make a material difference to the stability of thousands of families across the UK. 

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Health Secretary offers cancer patients some reassurance

Responding to the Health Secretary outlining the planning around continuing vital cancer care,  Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

"For patients going through cancer treatment and their families this is an immensely worrying time. 

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McArthur writes to Justice Secretary over prison conditions

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today written to the Justice Secretary calling for the Scottish Government to look at ways it can mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the prison service including reforms to remand and offering prisons access to telephone services to alleviate unrest as a result of longer periods of isolation.

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“Distasteful” MP suggests settling scores “under the cover of coronavirus”

Commenting on today’s column in the Scotsman from East Lothian MP Kenny Macaskill in which he calls for a “reckoning” in the SNP and says that resignations should take place “quietly under the cover of coronavirus”, Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine said:

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Isles representatives welcome HIAL move to end non-essential flights

Reacting to news that HIAL will close its airports to non-essential flights, Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have given their reaction.

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Rennie: These are powers for a national emergency, not forever

Speaking after the Scottish Parliament approved a legislative consent motion, enabling the introduction of emergency powers to tackle the coronavirus crisis, Mr Rennie said:

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Government should turn day-one Universal Credit loans into grants immediately

Responding to reports that that the Government has refused to axe the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments despite an additional 500,000 claims in 9 days, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

“The Coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented threat with millions of families facing financial hardship. 

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Lib Dems lead call for moratorium on VAT on energy bills in the face of coronavirus crisis

Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone has secured cross party support for his letter to the Chancellor calling for a moratorium on VAT on energy bills through the coronavirus crisis. 

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Stone helps distilleries defeat hand sanitizer supply issue

Jamie Stone, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has helped Distilleries in his constituency to secure a major rule change that allows them to produce hand sanitizer quickly, safely, and cheaply. This comes as a spike in demand for hand sanitizer has made it difficult for consumers to get hold of.

 

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Rennie: Give self-employed workers the same support as everyone else.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to press the Chancellor to increase support for the self-employed.

Mr Rennie warned that parliamentarians are receiving hundreds of emails per day from people concerned about what Covid-19 will mean for their finances.

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