SNP u-turn on period poverty bill

The Scottish Government will now support Monica Lennon’s bill on free period products, despite previously withdrawing its support.

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Scottish Ambulance Service spent almost 2,000 hours dealing with malicious calls

Malicious calls to the Scottish Ambulance Service are putting lives at risk as new figures revealed that in the past five years there have been more than 7,000 malicious emergency calls requiring almost 2,000 hours of staff time.

 

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Long overdue report must address risk of future Queensferry Crossing closures

Three years after it was opened the bridge is still not complete. It is still without ice monitoring equipment, so staff are having to make do with binoculars.

 

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Lib Dems launch bid to subject all elected officials to PVG checks

I've announced that he will bid to make MSPs and all other elected members in Scotland subject to a PVG check, introducing a new safeguards for children and vulnerable adults and helping protect against people using elected status as a platform for predatory or exploitative behaviour.

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Lib Dems demand action on homeless deaths emergency

I've demanded both of Scotland’s governments urgently adopt new policies to tackle the “emergency” of homeless deaths, after the first ever statistics for Scotland revealed 195 homeless people died in 2018 - 4 a week.

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Community funding increase

Community groups will be able to apply for their share of more than £147,000 as Edinburgh Airport increases its Community Fund for 2020.

The fund allocates money to local initiatives that support health and wellbeing, the environment and education, with the total pot rising in line with yearly passenger numbers.

 

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FURTHER DELAY TO QUEENSFERRY CROSSING 1 YEAR REVIEW

Kevin Lang Liberal Democrat Councillor for Almond, and I have raised serious concerns about further delays to the Queensferry Crossing 1 year review.

 

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Cole-Hamilton criticises SNP for “congested” hospitals and lack of community care


45 million hours of NHS staff illness

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today declared that “it does not take a brain surgeon” to recognise that Scottish NHS staff are overworked and in need of a break, as he revealed new data showing that there have been over 45 million hours of staff absence since 2016, with staff mental health issues cited as the number one cause.

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Scottish Liberal Democrats reveal patients waiting years on “miserable” delayed discharge

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today revealed patients stuck in hospital on delayed discharge for hundreds days after they were declared ready to leave, branding the situation “miserable".

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