Screening restart must be “swift and safe”

Responding to the news that the breast cancer screening programme is to restart, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

“The resumption of breast cancer screening is extremely good news. 

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Rennie: Childcare minister must "stop stonewalling" and release local childcare progress reports

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie today questioned proposals to delay the expansion of childcare to 1140 hours and called on the Scottish Government to stop stonewalling parents by refusing to release local progress reports. The party says a one year delay to the expansion is bad for education and the economy. 

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Rennie stands up for self-employed and freelancers excluded from support schemes

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today pressed the Finance Secretary about what measures she will put in place to support freelancers and others excluded from the existing funding schemes.

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Cole-Hamilton writes to FM over Edinburgh air-bridge

Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has written to the First Minister to ask when visitors to Edinburgh will be able to arrive without quarantining.

Mr Cole-Hamilton's letter is as follows:

Dear First Minister,

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Chancellor fails to deliver green recovery or support for the excluded

Responding to the statement from the Chancellor, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Rennie sets out childcare challenge to FM

Speaking ahead of the First Minister’s statement on the next steps in easing the lockdown, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has challenged her to ensure that everyone who is expected to work will be able to access childcare.

His call comes as an SNP-run council announced that children will not be in full time education on 11th August. Falkirk council have announced that while teachers will return on 11th August, pupils will not return full-time until the 24th.

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Childcare delay comes as "bitter disappointment"

Commenting on news that the Scottish Government is further delaying the roll out of 1140 hours for early learning and childcare, education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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Chancellor must act to help those excluded from Govt support

After the initial meeting of the APPG for ExcludedUK today, Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the APPG Jamie Stone has joined with the other co-chairs in calling on the Chancellor to help those who have so far been left out of the financial support measures introduced by the Government.

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Only 19% of childminders can survive under present Government guidelines

Commenting on a new survey from the Scottish Childminding Association which suggests that if current restrictions were to continue only 19% of childminding businesses believe they will still be viable in 12 months’ time, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton: SNP and Conservatives need to repair shoddy relationships to keep people safe

Speaking in response to reports that no people subject to quarantine in Scotland after arriving from abroad have had a follow-up check, the health spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said: 

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