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Scottish Liberal Democrats Demand Better

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  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    Government must provide resources so councils can house all rough sleepers

    Responding to reports that the Government has written to all local councils asking them to find homes for all rough sleepers by the weekend to protect them from the coronavirus outbreak, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:

    "It is right that the Government is taking urgent action to find secure accommodation for rough sleepers, as Liberal Democrats have called for since this crisis began.

    "The Government must also equip local authorities with the financial resources to provide sufficient secure emergency accommodation to meet demand. Ministers must also make specialist support available to those who struggle with addiction or other mental health issues, as is the case for so many people sleeping rough right across the UK."

  • Article: Mar 27, 2020

    As I'm sure you've all heard by now, the local elections we were expecting in May have been postponed until 2021. For many of us, this is disappointing news - especially after months of hard work - but it is absolutely the right call to keep us and our communities safe.

    In addition, any by-election that comes up and would be due before May 2021 will also be held off until then. Depending on the public health situation by-elections may restart sooner than May next year.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020
    By Mark Pack

    Not only are we going through what could become the country's biggest crisis since 1945, but we're also entering a very new world that will persist once the immediate crisis is over.

    I'm proud of what we have achieved so far by championing NHS workers and pressing the Government on issues such as offering a better deal to the self-employed.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Responding to the Chancellor's announcement that the self-employed will receive 80% of their income up to £2,500, mirroring measures already in place to support those in employment, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "The Chancellor's offering to the self-employed will make a material difference to the stability of thousands of families across the UK.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    The NHS takes care of us and keeps us safe every day.

    Coronavirus is affecting every part of our lives and is already putting a huge strain on the NHS and NHS workers. We want to say thank you to the people working so hard to keep us all safe.

    We are so lucky to live in a country where we have access to such high-quality healthcare that's free at the point of use. It's saved countless lives and, over the coming weeks and months, it's going to save many, many more.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    This week, the UK has gone into lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.

    Those of us who can are staying at home and adapting to a new way of life, where we work from home, have hobbies at home and socialise only through video calls.

    It is an uncomfortable transition, but it is absolutely worth doing to slow the spread of coronavirus, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed and saving thousands of lives.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today written to the Justice Secretary calling for the Scottish Government to look at ways it can mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the prison service including reforms to remand and offering prisons access to telephone services to alleviate unrest as a result of longer periods of isolation.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Responding to the Health Secretary outlining the planning around continuing vital cancer care, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "For patients going through cancer treatment and their families this is an immensely worrying time.

    "The distressing reality is that other illnesses will not push pause while we deal with this crisis.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Reacting to news that HIAL will close its airports to non-essential flights, Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have given their reaction.

    Alistair Carmichael MP said:

    "In recent days many local people have contacted me to voice their concern that flights remained open to everyone including tourists, long after ferry services moved to only allow essential travel.

  • Article: Mar 26, 2020

    Commenting on today's column in the Scotsman from East Lothian MP Kenny Macaskill in which he calls for a "reckoning" in the SNP and says that resignations should take place "quietly under the cover of coronavirus", Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine said:

    "I am appalled that once again senior SNP figures seem to care more about internal bickering than the public good. With a national crisis facing us, perhaps Alex Salmond's proxies should put the settling of grievances aside and focus on supporting and reassuring their constituents.