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  • Article: Dec 13, 2017

    Speaking in response to the latest employment statistics, the economy spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Councillor Carolyn Caddick said:

    "These numbers will horrify people. Scottish jobs are down and unemployment is up. The Scottish economy is erratic and unsteady.

    "Both governments needs to think big for the long term. There have been massive downgrades to the economy forecast by the Office of Budget Responsibility and other commentators.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said the SNP's class size commitments are "in tatters" after new statistics showed that they remain at their highest rate since the SNP took office.

    The annual school census reveals that the average class size this year is 23.5. The SNP also promised that P1-P3 pupils would have class sizes of 18 or less but this is being achieved for just 12.2% of children - again, the poorest performance since they came to office a decade ago.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Christine Jardine, Lib Dem Scottish Affairs Spokesperson and MP for Edinburgh West, has called on the Royal Bank of Scotland to rethink its decision to slash its front line branch services.

    RBS announced 62 branch closures at the end of November, in addition to the 443 redundancies in June and 30 branch closures in March.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today pressed the Scottish Government to offer assurances to residents and workers affected by the closure of the Forties pipeline in Aberdeenshire.

    On Monday it was revealed that the pipeline will be shut down while hairline fractures are addressed and today Mr Rumbles' urgent question was selected for the government to respond to. Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse told the chamber that he believed the issue would be resolved in days.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Commenting on the new A&E waiting times statistics published today, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Winter is well and truly here and we are already seeing the worst A&E performance since the New Year.

    "Despite the hard work of NHS staff, too many patients are waiting too long for treatment. We cannot afford to let this slip further backwards.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Commenting on new statistics showing that the number of Primary 1 children at risk of being overweight or obese has reached a new high, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Almost a quarter of children starting Primary 1 are at risk of obesity or of being overweight and the situation is getting worse. Healthy eating and lifestyle choices start in childhood. These new statistics sound an alarm bell around the changing nature of childhood health in this country.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called for health board to publish new action plans for eliminating long waits for cancer treatment after another quarter in which the 62 day target was missed.

    New statistics from ISD Scotland reveal that between July and September just 87.2% of patients received treatment within 62 days. Only 3 out of 14 NHS boards are managing to meet this standard. The target has not been met nationally since 2012.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today declared that the failure to treat child mental health properly "should shame ministers" after new waiting time statistics were revealed to be the worst recorded since September 2015.

    The ISD figures show that just 73.3% of children who started their treatment between July and September did so within the 18-week waiting time - down from 80.7% in the previous quarter. In NHS Grampian, the target was met for fewer than one in three children.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Mariam Mahmood has today welcomed officials statistics that Scotland has reduced its carbon footprint but has called on the Scottish Government to "rule out massive tax cuts for the aviation industry indefinitely."

    SNP ministers planned to spend £250m cutting aviation tax by 50% from 1 April 2018, before abolishing it completely at a further cost of £250 million. However, these plans will now be delayed as Finance Secretary Derek Mackay requested the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be delayed, a request accepted by the UK Government in their autumn budget.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Jo Swinson MP said:

    "President Trump's divisive politics of hate is in direct conflict with British values.

    "One of the prime minister's biggest political mistakes was to offer to roll out the red carpet for a man who wears his racism and misogyny like a badge of pride. Theresa May should stand up to Donald Trump and withdraw her invitation."