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  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Responding to reports that the merger of British Transport Police into Police Scotland is to be delayed, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "Inexcusably, SNP ministers failed to do the basic work to identify and plan for the risks and implications of their latest centralisation. Instead, they landed the joint board with the task of implementing this policy at any cost. It didn't take long for those left to conduct the merger to deliver their verdict.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Stage 3 vote on the budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This budget is a missed opportunity. It fails to invest the necessary funds to transform education and make a step change in mental health services. Without the investment required we cannot give the budget our full support.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    Commenting on new A&E statistics showing recent progress has reversed and performance against the 4-hour waiting time target has fallen back below 90%, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "It's discouraging to see A&E waiting times rising once again, just when things were starting to improve.

  • Article: Feb 19, 2018

    Commenting on ScotRail receiving record fines of £3million, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "Far too often, passengers are enduring trains that are late, standing room only, have been stripped of carriages, lacking heating or skipping stops.

    "Last year the Scottish Government used the money from fines for a sweetener for pass holders, when it was supposed to be used to improve infrastructure and services.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to mend its "chronically chaotic" approach to workforce planning as new statistics show the bill for NHS consultants' overtime totalled more than £38,000 a day over the past three years.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2018

    In a letter to Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott, the Information Commissioner has confirmed that he will be investigating the Deputy First Minister's office over its handling of freedom of information requests.

    The Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, confirmed that a case highlighted by Mr Scott will be among those that he will examine as part of a wider probe into the Scottish Government's practices.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018

    Responding to reports that building firm Galliford Try will try to raise another £150m after Carillion's collapse, a development that could affect the completion of the AWPR, North East MSP Mike Rumbles said:

    "Keith Brown has continued to insist that the collapse of Carillion will not affect works on the AWPR, yet these latest developments show that firms are on edge.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today warned that councils will need to find up to £160m to deliver the SNP Government's commitment of 1,140 hours of free early learning childcare, after a new report warned that SNP funding for the program fell far short of what was needed.

    A new Accounts Commission report published today reveals that raising the amount of free early learning childcare to 1,140 hours per year by 2021 will cost local authorities £1billion, despite the government's estimated funding for the policy coming in at just £840million.

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Responding to new productivity statistics, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie said:

    "These new statistics don't herald positive progress for Scotland's economy. Scottish productivity is stagnant, yet again.

    "We desperately need to see transformative investment in education and skills, which is clearly the best way to boost the economy and secure the long-term sustainability of public services."

  • Article: Feb 14, 2018

    The Ferret's latest housing investigation has revealed the first of the 1491 houses built under the Scottish Government's National Housing Trust programme have begun to be sold off, in a move which has been condemned as the SNP reviving the "right to buy".

    Responding to the story, Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay said: