Clumsy errors distracting from national vaccination mission

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to routinely publish how many doses of the various covid vaccines it currently has on hand and criticised a series of blunders that have seen the Health Secretary mistakenly identify a vaccine storage site in England and remove a Covid vaccination plan just hours after it was published.

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Rennie backs Citizens' Assembly proposals on basic income, living wage and mental health

Responding to the publication of today's report from the Citizens' Assembly, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

“The assembly was set up by SNP ministers as part of a package of steps to promote independence.

“It is good that the assembly has gone wider in order to look at issues such as mental health, tackling poverty and recovery from the pandemic.

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Cole-Hamilton presses Health Secretary over vaccine rollout

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today pressed the Heath Secretary for answers surrounding the delay in the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Scotland.

Following Ms Freeman’s statement on vaccination planning, Mr Cole-Hamilton asked the Cabinet Secretary why there are currently 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine being stored by Movianto in Bedford, rather than being distributed across Scotland’s GP surgeries.

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New NUS research reveals worried students getting a raw deal

Commenting on new figures from NUS Scotland showing that over two-thirds of student renters (71 per cent) are concerned about their ability to pay rent, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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Tories kill bid to give NHS heroes the right to live in the UK

Lib Dems have vowed to fight for healthcare workers’ rights after a Bill to give them the indefinite leave to remain was effectively axed by the Tory government.

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday.

But the Government have decided to axe all sitting Fridays until the end of March, meaning dozens of Private Members Bills will effectively be killed off.

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Teachers and pupils hamstrung by IT failures as education moves online

Commenting on the problems affecting the delivery on online learning, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

"The combination of technical faults and overloaded services is a frustrating start to the new term.

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Work on courts recovery plan must start now warn Lib Dems as 75% of criminal cases delayed

Responding to confirmation from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service that new arrangements will be introduced in Scotland's courts tomorrow that will reduce the number of criminal trials taking place during lockdown by up to 75%, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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McArthur urges SNP to “take the brakes” off e-bike fund

Liberal Democrat MSP and cycling enthusiast Liam McArthur has today urged the Scottish Government to “take the brakes” off the e-bike loan fund after parliamentary questions revealed that it has supported just 1,764 successful applications since launching in 2018. 

The interest-free e-bike loan scheme was introduced by the Scottish Government in June 2018 and has been oversubscribed in each year to date. 

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Negative tests for travellers arrives after months of Lib Dem warnings

Commenting on confirmation from the Transport Secretary that a negative covid test will now be required before arriving in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said; 

"The requirement for negative covid tests before travelling to Scotland is arriving awfully late in the day. 

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Students need rent rebates as lessons go online

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has called on the Scottish Government to urgently publish clear and detailed guidance to help students prepare for the new academic term, following confirmation that the majority of university students will have online learning until the end of February.

The Minister for Further and Higher Education announced today “detailed sectoral guidance will be published as soon as possible next week”, despite the new timetable applying from January 5th.

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