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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Rennie comments on visitors heading to North East Fife

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

"A number of people have contacted me about increased numbers of visitors to the East Neuk.

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Lib Dems propose pop up shops for NHS workers

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the major supermarkets to explore proposals for pop up fresh food stores in hospitals to ensure that hardworking medical staff have access to food. 

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Carmichael meets with PM to discuss coronavirus response

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has today met with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, alongside other senior opposition MPs, to discuss the Government’s response to the spread of coronavirus.

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Lib Dems demand package of financial support for workers and self-employed.

Today, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has written to the Chancellor urging him to set up a Citizen's Income, which should act as a minimum income guaranteed to all UK adults, as part of the government's response to the coronavirus crisis.

In the letter (below) he also sets out proposals for a subsided salary scheme, a self-employed income guarantee and a boost to Statutory Sick Pay.

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EU citizens must have automatic right to stay, as Settled Status refusals soar

The Liberal Democrats are calling for EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, as new official figures show the number of people refused Settled Status soaring last month.

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