Only one local authority hits key drug treatment target

Responding to today’s Scottish Government statement on MAT Standards, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"Buried in this dry and technical statement is the shocking admission that MAT standard 1 has only been fully implemented in one out of Scotland's 32 Alcohol and Drug Partnerships.

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Police Scotland warn SNP cuts could mean fewer officers

Responding to comments from Ian Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, in which he warned that Scottish Government spending plans could lead to fewer officers on the street, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

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Delayed discharge patients cannot wait four years for social care reform

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today warned the First Minster that patients who are well enough to leave but are unable to do so because social care packages are not available are being let down by plans to reform social care which will not come into effect until 2026.

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Cole-Hamilton reveals that lost operations pass 310,000

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today branded the SNP’s backlog of operations as being the product of “broken promises and empty words” after it was revealed that the total number of operations lost to the Covid-19 pandemic has risen to 313,674. 

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Cole-Hamilton asks ministers about preparations for “gathering storm” of Covid cases

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today challenged Scottish Government ministers to set out what planning it has in place for a fresh Covid-19 wave.

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Families facing £1,300 bombshell from inflation and tax hikes

The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservatives as not having “any sense or any soul” for inaction on the cost of living crisis as families face a near £1,300 bombshell from inflation and tax hikes. 

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Chamberlain: Police Scotland needs both leadership and soul-searching

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP and former police officer Wendy Chamberlain has today backed the recommendations in a new report which calls for all Police Scotland staff and officers to undergo equality and diversity training in order to tackle a “perceived ‘men’s club’ culture”.

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Latest inflation figures: The Govt must slash VAT now

Responding to the latest ONS figures which saw inflation increase to 9.1% in May, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said,

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Councils “between a rock and a hard place” as debt rises

Responding to official figures showing that local authorities’ debt continues to grow, with an estimate that £2 billion more will be added to their debts this year, Scottish Liberal Democrat local government spokesperson Cllr Peter Barrett commented:

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Court system needs support to recover from crash in conviction rate.

Responding to new figures on Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2020/21 which show that the total number of convictions decreased by 44% and the number of convictions for sexual crimes decreased by 33%, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur said:

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