Rennie requests review of mask guidance as hospital staff raise concerns

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to review its guidance on what type of masks are issued to healthcare workers after being contacted by staff. They believe the current surgical masks do not afford adequate protection when caring for positive or suspected positive Covid patients. 

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Rennie: First Minister has put independence referendum ahead of recovery

Responding to the First Minister’s address to the SNP conference, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: 

“The First Minister has put independence first.  

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Lib Dems call for Scotland Cares covid volunteer database to be put to use tackling loneliness this Christmas

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to make use of the “colossal” Scotland Cares volunteer database to tackle loneliness across Scotland this winter.  

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DVSA breaching travel laws

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the Transport Secretary to “hammer home” to the DVSA that they should not be dispatching driving examiners from their usual centres in level four areas to conduct tests in other areas of Scotland, after staff contacted the party to raise concerns over the practice. 

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Lib Dems storm to victory in Perth South by-election

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Liz Barrett "stormed to victory" today in the Perth City South by-election. Party leader Willie Rennie said the "fantastic win", beating the SNP from third place, shows the momentum behind Lib Dem ahead of next year's Holyrood elections.  

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Lib Dems stress fresh plan needed for compassionate care home visits

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called on the Scottish Government to deliver a fresh plan to enable “compassionate” care home visits in the face of horrifying accounts from families.

The warnings were collected by campaign group Care Home Relatives Scotland and passed to Mr Rennie. A survey undertaken by the group warns: 

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Education review expands but no plans to report ahead of 2021 election

Scottish Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Beatrice Wishart has criticised the announcement by the Education Secretary that an OECD review of Scottish education will not report at all before next year's Scottish Parliament election. 

In September 2020, John Swinney confirmed he would be “very happy” to discuss the possibility of producing an interim report with the OECD. However, there was no mention of such a report in today's announcement. The OECD’s review into Curriculum for Excellence is due to be published in June 2021. 

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Lib Dems respond to grouse licensing announcement

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government will begin developing a licensing scheme for grouse shooting businesses, Liam McArthur MSP commented: 

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have been calling for a licensing scheme and this is a positive step in that direction.

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Travel operators must face scrutiny on Christmas travel plans

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Beatrice Wishart, who sits on Holyrood’s Covid committee, has today called for Scotland’s travel operators to appear before the committee as part of a move to ensure “comprehensive safety plans” are in place for travel over the festive period. The calls come after Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell was unable to guarantee plans were in place to prevent travel bottlenecks over the 5-day Christmas window.

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Red tape strangling covid support for business

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called for red tape to be slashed from the £30m funding package for Scottish businesses in urgent need of covid support. The party warned that councils are struggling to administer the support schemes due to the ultra-short timescale rushed through by the Scottish Government. With no time to recruit additional personnel councils are having to divert key staff from other business development support to process and check applications. 

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