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

  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that today marks a proud day for equality, as same-sex couples in civil partnerships can marry in Scotland.

    From Hogmanay all same-sex couples will have the legal right to marry.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Today is a proud day for equality in Scotland. Today, those already in civil partnerships can marry. By Hogmanay, people in Scotland will celebrate ringing in a new year and ringing in a fairer society. Scotland will join its place with England and Wales where we celebrate love equally, gay or straight.

    "This festive period we should enjoy an extra toast to the same sex couples getting married and be proud that now everyone has that choice, and the freedom which comes from it."

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that urgent action must be taken to put health boards back on track towards meeting crucial mental health waiting time targets.

    Mental health charity SAMH today expressed their disappointment that only four out of 14 health boards are meeting the target for 90 percent of patients to be seen within 18 weeks. The new target is due for delivery by health boards from this month.

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged Holyrood's Finance Committee to recall the Head of Revenue Scotland to give evidence after a report from Audit Scotland into the new tax body stood completely at odds with a statement given by the tax chief at the committee where she said "there is nothing negative that I need to report."

  • Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Reports that production at almost all of Scotland's opencast coal mines could grind to a halt next year has led to a warning that the devastation caused by the failing industry could blight the countryside for decades.

    This week shares in Hargreaves fell by 14% after a trading update as coal prices have fallen dramatically this year. Only last year Hargreaves took over mines after the collapse of ATH and Scottish Coal.

  • Alison McInnes MSP for North East Scotland
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Alison McInnes MSP today said that SNP ministers are failing the college students who need their help the most after new figures revealed that Dundee & Angus College only received a fraction of the bursary funds requested.

    The college requested £800,000 for student support. It was confirmed today that the college would only receive £160,000.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Figures published today by the Scottish Funding Council show the extent of unmet demand for student bursaries. Colleges asked for £14.7m to meet demand from students but will receive only £3.5m. Five colleges which requested support will receive no funding.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    The number of workers automatically enrolled into a workplace pension across the UK has now reached five million. This marks a milestone halfway point of policy roll-out which will see around 10 million automatically enrolled by 2018.

    Liberal Democrats in government introduced automatic enrolment, which their boss and the government pay in to, in order to give people the confidence to save for retirement.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats claim that new education figures show the extent to which Scotland's school children are paying the price for SNP broken promises over education.

    The figures published today show that the total number of teachers has declined further, the pupil teacher ratio has continued to increase and the average class size for P1-3 pupils has shot up to 23.3 - with 27 percent taught in classes of 26 or more.