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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

Those who seek to divide us will never win. It's time to stop this national embarrassment.

Britain deserves better than this. Demand better than Brexit now >www.libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Conservative austerity has left a fifth of UK citizens in poverty, unable to afford even the most basic essentials.

    Since 2015, the Tories have bungled the roll-out of Universal Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty.

    By fixing our broken welfare system, we can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    The campaign is now well underway.

    And the Liberal Democrats are announcing fantastic policies every single day.

    In fact, we've announced so many brilliant ideas this week that it can be hard to keep up.

    So we've rounded up everything we've announced this week right here:

    Skills Wallets 💰

    We will create "skills wallets" - a bold new initiative to give adults £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives. They will help everybody to develop the skills needed to work in a 21st-century economy.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    This week NHS England released statistics on the NHS's key performance measures - and they are abysmal.

    Almost 1 in 5 patients attending A&E in England were not treated or admitted within four hours. This is the worst performance ever recorded since the target was introduced in 2004.

    Meanwhile, just 76.9% of cancer patients are starting their treatment within target waiting times. And only 85% of patients referred for non-urgent treatment were seen within 18 weeks.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    The election campaign has started in earnest, and we're delighted about how it's going.

    Jo Swinson has introduced herself to the country as a potential Prime Minister.

    We've released our ambitious plan to change Britain for the better, and ensure a brighter future for all.

    We've even put Jo on the side of a bus.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Hate crimes against trans people have gone up by 81% in the UK.

    This Transgender Awareness Week, we must reflect on how much further we must go.

    The profile of trans issues is higher than it ever has been, yet we are no closer to trans people being treated as equals.

    Our system is ill-equipped to meet the needs of those who are transitioning. It is a long, arduous and expensive process.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today reported the Scottish Government to the Information Commissioner over its refusal to say how many new mental health staff the police will be given, after the First Minister couldn't explain why the national force had received just 7.5 extra staff, over two years after they were promised more.

  • Mental Health Scotland
    Petition: Nov 16, 2019

    Recent shock figures have revealed child suicide rates have risen by 160% in Scotland. We will increase the share of the budget spent on mental health and double support for services for young people.

    Around one in four people in Scotland will have a mental health problem at some time in their life. Yet, under the SNP, the share of the budget devoted to mental health went down. We are committed to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues. Tackling mental ill health is going to be an important part of improving the overall health of the country and relieving the pressure on other public services. At the moment mental health services are insufficient, difficult to access and involve lengthy waiting times. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have a practical plan to help. We will:

  • Poor local bus services
    Petition: Nov 16, 2019

    Residents in the western rural communities of the Stirling constituency consider that the current bus service is not fit for purpose. There are these litany of issues that the buses are:

    • Noisy and uncomfortable, a lack of heating;
    • Not accessible to users with diabilities;
    • Lack of service from rural communities to to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital for appointments;
    • Lacking integration with train timetables, for example the services from Milngavie train station;
    • Too Expensive. Ticket prices even for short distances, such as from Strathblane to Milngavie are considered o be extortianate;
    • Too slow to get to Glasgow. The bus service is a local stopping service all the way to Glasgow City Centre. Residents are requesting an express service;
    • Not running on a regular basis. There is sometimes a three hour gap of service;
    • Not running to schedule. Residents have no idea whether the buses are running late, or just as worse, whether the bus has already gone past. Key bus stops should have elecronic signage to indicate when the next bus is due.
  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    A Liberal Democrat government will plant 60 million trees every year, increasing UK forest cover by 1 million hectares by 2045.

    The climate emergency is destroying our natural environment and threatening our children's futures. It's clear that the Conservative Party doesn't take climate change seriously.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    It was a pleasure to be in Leeds today to give my keynote speech as Lib Dem Shadow Chancellor.

    Things need to change. Too many people can't live a secure, happy and fulfilling life. And too many businesses face crippling uncertainty over their future.

    The economic debate in this election has been between two fantasies. Between Conservative fantasies of the days of empire or Labour fantasies of failed '70s socialism. Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will only take our country backwards.