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If you are dissapointed with the referendum result and want to take a stand for a liberal, free, fair, democratic Scotland within the UK and the European Union then please consider joining the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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  • Article: Sep 22, 2016

    The SNP ought to be heading for a defeat on local taxation in the Scottish Parliament today.

    Every SNP leader since John Swinney has promised to axe the council tax. There was no room for doubt in their 2007 election manifesto. "The SNP will scrap the Council Tax and introduce a fairer system based on ability to pay", was the promise. But after nine years in government they seem to have changed their tune.

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    Article: Sep 16, 2016

    Since the Brexit vote in June we have had warnings from everyone from universities, to banks and manufacturers warn that the vote to leave will impact on jobs. Yesterday we had reports that the price of Irn Bru could increase too.

    It's fair to say that this has caused something of a stir in Scotland.

    Manufacturers are already seeing the impact of the referendum result with increased costs for raw materials.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2016

    Last week the SNP confirmed they plan to increase local council tax. Their plan is to raise £100 million a year to spend on increasing attainment across Scotland.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats believe in investing in education. That is why we proposed putting one penny on income tax to raise £500 million a year to transform nursery education, introduce a pupil premium, stop cuts to our schools and repair our colleges. We were clear with the electorate about why this investment is so desperately needed.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumble MSP today said new figures revealing a spike in farm debt underline the challenges facing Scottish agriculture.

    Debt statistics published by the Scottish Government showed that agricultural debt increased by more than £150 million last year.

    The figures show that farms had £2.2 billion in outstanding at the end of the 2015/16 financial year. This increased from £2.03 billion the year before.

    Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

  • Article: Sep 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today said that the failure of the UK government to guarantee the residency status of EU citizens could have a chilling effect on higher education in Scotland.

    Mr Scott was speaking as new figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats revealed that nearly 6000 EU nationals are employed by universities in Scotland at present. His calls come after the Prime Minister failed to confirm that the UK government will press for full membership of the EU single market.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said new figures which reveal the number of young people forced to wait more than a year for specialist treatment reveal a crisis in mental health services.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton was commenting as new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) statistics showed 147 patients who started their treatment in this quarter waited over a year. This is an increase of almost 100 patients from the previous quarter.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned the Scottish Government is allowing nurses become overstretched after latest figures show that there are over 2,500 nursing and midwifery vacancies.

    Latest statistics showed that in the last quarter there were 2,566.3 WTE vacant nursing and midwifery posts. This represents a vacancy rate of 4.2%, an increase from the rate of 3.7% from the previous year.

    Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for a step change in mental health treatment in Scotland as new figures revealed that waiting time targets for psychological therapies have been missed.

    New figures from ISD Scotland revealed that just 5 of Scotland's health boards met an 18 week treatment time target in the second quarter of the year. In Forth Valley, almost half of patients were not seen within 18 weeks.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called upon the Scottish Government to act seriously over the concerns about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) after we revealed that Police Scotland had over 850 million records. But what is ANPR and why should we be worried?

    What is ANPR?

    Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminal activity across Scotland. It works by reading your number plates as you drive past and cross-checking it against its records of vehicles of interest. It could help identify if it is stolen or uninsured.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called on the Scottish Government to adopt a radical new approach to drug misuse and reverse its 20% cut to support services after new figures showed drug-related deaths increased to their highest ever level in 2015.

    The statistics revealed there were 706 drug-related deaths in 2015 - 15% more than in 2014. Drugs ruin lives and break families apart. We need to get to grips with Scotland's drug problem. The current approach has failed. It is time for a change.