Cole-Hamilton: Record 861 young people wait over a year for CAMHS

Responding to the news that just 66.4% of children and young people are being seen within 18 weeks for mental health treatment, with a record 861 children and young people waiting over a year, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

“The SNP Government is failing a generation of young people. The consequences of waiting anything up to two years for treatment are devastating. Problems that start small are becoming crises as help arrives too late. 

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Whistleblower reveals government-backed non-profit energy firm didn’t bill customers

Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie has today said that the clock is ticking to prevent the Scottish Government’s not-for-profit energy company from repeating the mistakes of the past as a whistleblower revealed that a previous Scottish Government-backed venture failed to bill its customers and was “doomed to fail”.

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Exiting Erasmus would be a disaster for Scottish students and universities

Following the publication of the Government’s Brexit negotiating strategy this morning, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP  has warned that abandoning the Erasmus scheme will be a disaster for Scottish students and universities.

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Cole-Hamilton: Drug consumption rooms are a solution not a distraction

Responding to Police and Crime Minister, Kit Malthouse’s comments on drug consumption rooms on Good Morning Scotland today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

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SNP bluster exposed as police chief and former SPA chair warn legislation has failed

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has repeated his calls for the Justice Secretary to commission an independent review of Scottish policing. This follows comments made by former Scottish Police Authority chair, Prof Susan Deacon during an appearance before the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee this morning.

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Police and councils pay the price of Green-SNP deal

Commenting on the budget deal announced between the SNP and the Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said

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Curriculum review must not mean paralysis in Scottish schools

Commenting on the publication of the remit for the review of curriculum for excellence, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

“A proper review of Curriculum for Excellence is long overdue. However this review must not be used as an excuse to ignore falling attainment and pin the blame on local authorities.

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Active travel and bus use fall while travel by air and car continues to rise

Figures published by Transport Scotland today show that the amount of people cycling, walking and using buses as a share of all journeys made in Scotland, has continued to decline. Meanwhile the share of people choosing to travel by car or plane has increased year on year.

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Wishart demands changes as more school statistics show decline

Commenting on falls in the proportions of young people leaving school with one or more subjects at SCQF level 4 through to 7, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP said:

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McArthur: High level of domestic abuse reports “incredibly troubling”

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called on ministers to ensure sufficient resources are in place to swiftly support domestic abuse victims and for them to be given new housing rights, after new statistics revealed 2018-19 saw the highest number of incidents recorded by police.

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