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Welcome to Banffshire and Buchan Coast Liberal Democrats web site. Designed to keep you up-to-date with local events as well as what's happening nationwide.

Consultations

A number of consultations have been initiated recently, some by Aberdeenshire Council. Local authorities will need funding from the Scottish Government to implement the recommendations of the consultations, especially as with Council Tax frozen local authorities raise little money themselves compared to what they spend. Funding by the EU normally requires match funding from either the Scottish Government or the local authority, which in practice means local authority will ask the Scottish Government for the funds required. It will be disappointing if the Scottish Government is keen to encourage consultation exercises so that it appears to be listening to communities but does not provide the funds to implement recommendations.

Macduff & Banff

Consultation re what would improve Macduff and Banff.

Fisher Associates were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to consult and produce proposals which will promote improvements in Macduff and Banff with Macduff harbour and the harbour frontage receiving specific mention. The initial consultations including public workshops during the week commencing 17th May and the follow on draft plan and further consultations are welcome. We hope for positive recommendations and that EU and other funding will be found to take the recommendations forward and to implement these for the benefit of both towns. We made proposals to Fisher Associates in principle to the effect that there should be improvements including investment in Macduff harbour but did not go into detail leaving that to those consulted.

Aberchirder

This appears to be a more modest consultation but it is important that our communities have the opportunity to make recommendations to allow our communities to thrive.

A947

We all know that this is a dangerous road which should be improved. We hope that recommendations will lead to improvements and whilst there will always be accidents caused by driver error an inherently safer road would reduce accidents.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Sep 28, 2016

    At a hearing of the Scottish Parliament health committee this week, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP asked health secretary Shona Robison whether she agrees with doctors that Scotland is facing a GP crisis.

    Her answer? No.

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    This came minutes after British Medical Association's Dr Alan McDevitt of the British Medical Association told MSPs that a GP "crisis is now manifest".

  • Article: Sep 22, 2016

    The SNP ought to be heading for a defeat on local taxation in the Scottish Parliament today.

    Every SNP leader since John Swinney has promised to axe the council tax. There was no room for doubt in their 2007 election manifesto. "The SNP will scrap the Council Tax and introduce a fairer system based on ability to pay", was the promise. But after nine years in government they seem to have changed their tune.

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    Article: Sep 16, 2016

    Since the Brexit vote in June we have had warnings from everyone from universities, to banks and manufacturers warn that the vote to leave will impact on jobs. Yesterday we had reports that the price of Irn Bru could increase too.

    It's fair to say that this has caused something of a stir in Scotland.

    Manufacturers are already seeing the impact of the referendum result with increased costs for raw materials.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2016

    Last week the SNP confirmed they plan to increase local council tax. Their plan is to raise £100 million a year to spend on increasing attainment across Scotland.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats believe in investing in education. That is why we proposed putting one penny on income tax to raise £500 million a year to transform nursery education, introduce a pupil premium, stop cuts to our schools and repair our colleges. We were clear with the electorate about why this investment is so desperately needed.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumble MSP today said new figures revealing a spike in farm debt underline the challenges facing Scottish agriculture.

    Debt statistics published by the Scottish Government showed that agricultural debt increased by more than £150 million last year.



    The figures show that farms had £2.2 billion in outstanding at the end of the 2015/16 financial year. This increased from £2.03 billion the year before.



    Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

  • Article: Sep 12, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Tavish Scott MSP today said that the failure of the UK government to guarantee the residency status of EU citizens could have a chilling effect on higher education in Scotland.

    Mr Scott was speaking as new figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats revealed that nearly 6000 EU nationals are employed by universities in Scotland at present. His calls come after the Prime Minister failed to confirm that the UK government will press for full membership of the EU single market.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said new figures which reveal the number of young people forced to wait more than a year for specialist treatment reveal a crisis in mental health services.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton was commenting as new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) statistics showed 147 patients who started their treatment in this quarter waited over a year. This is an increase of almost 100 patients from the previous quarter.

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has warned the Scottish Government is allowing nurses become overstretched after latest figures show that there are over 2,500 nursing and midwifery vacancies.

    Latest statistics showed that in the last quarter there were 2,566.3 WTE vacant nursing and midwifery posts. This represents a vacancy rate of 4.2%, an increase from the rate of 3.7% from the previous year.



    Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

  • Article: Sep 6, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today called for a step change in mental health treatment in Scotland as new figures revealed that waiting time targets for psychological therapies have been missed.

    New figures from ISD Scotland revealed that just 5 of Scotland's health boards met an 18 week treatment time target in the second quarter of the year. In Forth Valley, almost half of patients were not seen within 18 weeks.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Today we called upon the Scottish Government to act seriously over the concerns about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) after we revealed that Police Scotland had over 850 million records. But what is ANPR and why should we be worried?

    What is ANPR?

    Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminal activity across Scotland. It works by reading your number plates as you drive past and cross-checking it against its records of vehicles of interest. It could help identify if it is stolen or uninsured.