Govt must extend transition to avoid risk of further economic shock

Responding to Tánaiste Simon Coveney's remarks that progress in negotiations to reach a post-Brexit trade deal "has not been good", Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs and Brexit spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: 

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Rennie: Still not clear how to make test and trace a reality

Commenting on today's Scottish Government press conference laying out proposals for a testing and tracing system it hopes to be in place by the end of May, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

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Cole-Hamilton calls for recycling centres to reopen

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today written to the Communities and Local Government Secretary calling for recycling centres to be opened on a socially distanced basis, as he warned of increases in fly-tipping and the build up of household waste during the lockdown.

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Rennie: Scottish Government must press to make income support universal

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for an intergovernmental summit on a universal basic income to take place to ensure that support is urgently made available for those who have fallen through cracks of the current furlough and income support measures.

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Lib Dems urge Government to ensure nursery expansion happens in autumn

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to step in to provide additional funds to help councils deliver the planned increase in free early learning and childcare hours in the event that movement restrictions are lifted by then. The call comes as some councils announce their new plans for the autumn. 

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Councils could miss out on virus cash

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to quickly give councils the money they need to address the pandemic.

His calls comes as COSLA passed a motion with cross-party support calling for the money to be passed straight to councils.

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Lib Dems: SQA's new system asking teachers to make artificial assessments

After questioning the Chief Executive of the SQA, Fiona Robertson, at the Scottish Parliament's Education Committee, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Beatrice Wishart MSP commented:

"The new 19-point scale combined with the ranking system is asking teachers to make impossible, artificial micro-assessments.

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Rennie backs no-detriment policy for students

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today backed proposals supported by the Scottish Young Liberals, the NUS and others to introduce a no-detriment policy for students as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

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Scottish Government must be prepared to expand NHS death in service scheme

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has today pressed the Scottish Government to ensure that all health and care workers will be covered by an expanded NHS death in service scheme.

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Cross-party call on Govt to invest in the global response to Covid-19

A cross-party group of parliamentarians is urging the UK Government to "flatten the curve globally" and calling for greater aid funding and international co-operation to tackle the spread of coronavirus worldwide. 

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