Rennie urges finance committee to recall Revenue Scotland boss

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged Holyrood’s Finance Committee to recall the Head of Revenue Scotland to give evidence after a report from Audit Scotland into the new tax body stood completely at odds with a statement given by the tax chief at the committee where she said “there is nothing negative that I need to report."

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Opencast coal in Scotland could be halted

Reports that production at almost all of Scotland's opencast coal mines could grind to a halt next year has led to a warning that the devastation caused by the failing industry could blight the countryside for decades.

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McArthur slams SNP over student support shortfall

Figures published today by the Scottish Funding Council show the extent of unmet demand for student bursaries. Colleges asked for £14.7m to meet demand from students but will receive only £3.5m. Five colleges which requested support will receive no funding.

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School children are paying price for SNP broken promises

Scottish Liberal Democrats claim that new education figures show the extent to which Scotland’s school children are paying the price for SNP broken promises over education.

The figures published today show that the total number of teachers has declined further, the pupil teacher ratio has continued to increase and the average class size for P1-3 pupils has shot up to 23.3 – with 27 percent taught in classes of 26 or more.

 

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Winter must not blow A&E care off course

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has challenged the Scottish Government to provide assurances that Scotland’s hospitals are prepared for winter.

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Tories are missing link on votes at 16

The Conservatives have been urged to back the early introduction of votes at 16 in time for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 2016. 

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North East counting the cost of seven years of Salmond

Scottish Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Christine Jardine today said that people in Gordon are counting the cost of seven years of Alex Salmond as reports emerged that the former First Minister is set to seek the SNP candidacy for the North East Scotland seat at the UK general election.

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Crockart calls on PM to protect consumers from scam calls

Edinburgh’s Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, has called on the Prime Minister to help protect vulnerable consumers from scam phone calls.

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SNP must follow Lib Dem lead and boost opportunity

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that the SNP Government must use additional spending in consequentials resulting from the government's Autumn Statement to follow the lead of Liberal Democrats and deliver opportunity for all.

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Lib Dems praise SNP for heeding affordable homes advice

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today praised the SNP Government for listening to their calls to use special ‘financial transaction’ consequentials received last year from the UK Government to build more affordable housing.

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