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Recent News from Dundee Lib Dems, the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the UK Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that fault lies squarely at the SNP Government's door for a crisis in Scotland's hospitals which has resulted in thousands of beds being blocked by patients clinically able to leave hospital.

    Figures revealed today showed that in December last year, despite the NHS in Scotland catering for a tenth of the population of England, the number of bed blocking days represented a quarter of that of England's. 31,610 bed blocking days were reported in Scotland, with two NHS Grampian hospitals accounting for a tenth of all delayed discharges.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have demanded an explanation from SNP ministers over claims on NHS funding after figures revealed that health boards across Scotland are still being short changed.

    On the 11th January this year, the Scottish Government issued a statement which said that an additional tranche of funding would "bring all health boards to within one per cent of parity under the NHS funding formula, NRAC, a year earlier than planned."

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Growth in the UK has shown the strongest performance among G7 countries from 2013 to 2014, according to the latest report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has welcomed the fact that today's OECD report sets out that the best way to secure the recovery in the next Parliament is to finish the job of deficit reduction and to do so fairly by selective tax increases on the wealthy.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the Scottish Government is failing children and young people with mental health problems as figures published today showed health boards failed to meet an old target in access to crucial Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

    Official statistics published today showed that between October and December last year, 86 percent of children and adolescents were seen at CAMHS units within the March 2013 target of 26 weeks. In December 2014, the target treatment time was reduced to 18 weeks. Between the same period, only 78.9 percent of patients were seen within the December 2014 target of 18 weeks.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned the system of retained firefighters risks being stretched to breaking point as new figures revealed the loss of hundreds of staff during the first year of the new national service.

    Official statistics published today showed that between April 2013 and March 2014 the total number of full-time equivalent staff working for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service dropped from 8,125 to 7,690 - a decrease of five per cent compared to one per cent the previous year.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has today announced that the Low Pay Commission's recommendations to government for the 2015 rates are as follows:

    Adult rate - £6.70

    18-20 rate - £5.30

    16-17 rate - £3.87

    Apprenticeship rate - £2.80

    Commenting Vince said:

    "Today the Low Pay Commission have made their recommendations to government that the adult national minimum wage should rise by just over 3 per cent to £6.70 an hour from October 2015 .

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Tim Farron tells the Liberal Democrats' Diversity and Outreach Officer Lucile Kamar about what he feels is his most important work.

    Described as "a brave politician" who delivered "the stand out speech out of all the party conferences" by Operation Black Vote, Tim Farron, MP for the constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale is clearly championing diversity.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis said the findings of the House of Lord's Constitution Committee that moving ahead with reform in one part of the UK may herald a desire for wider reform is a good reason to progress with the legislation, not to delay it.

    Commenting, Lord Jeremy Purvis said: