Scot Gov must have flexibility to address economic crisis

Responding to reports that the Scottish government has requested new financial powers from the Treasury to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Reported fraud cases rises by 72% in a year

Commenting on a reported 72% increase in fraud in Scotland between May 2019 and May 2020, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

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Wishart calls for scientific advice on opening schools to be published

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart has today called on the Government to publish the scientific advice underpinning the decision to reopen schools.

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Teachers need to know classrooms are safe

Speaking after he pressed the First Minister over childcare arrangements and support for teachers at First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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McArthur amendments brings Scotland ‘one step closer’ to child welfare compliance

Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today won amendments to the Children (Scotland) Bill, strengthening the voice of children during court processes and bringing the legislation closer in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

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Full time schooling to return but Ministers must fix childcare

Responding to the Education Secretary’s statement which confirms that a full time return to schooling will be planned for August, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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ASN review shows "raw deal" families have had for years

Responding to the publication of the independent review of the implementation of the additional support for learning legislation, which the National Autistic Society Scotland has described as being "snuck out", Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP commented:

"Children with additional support needs have been disproportionately affected during this pandemic, but this report shows the raw deal that they and their families have got for years.

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Economy report identifies big challenges but falls short on ambition

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that the new report from the Scottish Government’s advisory group on economic recovery offers some sensible suggestions but falls short of the dramatic steps required to meet the economic challenges posed by the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

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Lib Dems demand “ironclad guarantee” that progress on homelessness won’t be reversed

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today demanded the government offer an ‘ironclad guarantee’ that progress made in tackling homelessness at the height of the pandemic will be protected and people will not be sent back on to the streets.

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Lib Dems call on PM “not to turn your back” on child refugees

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to commit to resettling 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children from elsewhere in Europe over the next ten years, following the closure of the Dubs scheme last month.

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