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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.


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.


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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  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    I commend Jenny Marra for her drive and determination on human trafficking. We must not forget that her member's bill consultation laid the foundations for this Government bill. However, Christina McKelvie is right to point also to the cross-party support and determination in the chamber.

    Human trafficking is not new, but it is now the fastest-growing international crime. The Equality and Human Rights Commission report of 2011 was the catalyst for action to tackle human trafficking through a coherent legislative framework. That report exposed the grim truth about trafficking in Scotland. It shocked us all. In 2011, Kaliani Lyle, EHRC Scotland commissioner, said:

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said today that damning findings revealed from a survey of police officers and staff show that the SNP must recalibrate the police reform programme. 

    The long-awaited results of the first survey since the police merger found that 8 per cent thought that the organisation was genuinely interest in the well-being of its people. Only 17 per cent of respondents would recommend Scottish Police Authority/Police Scotland as a good place to work and a third of all respondents indicated an intention to leave within three years.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2015

    Bodybuilders flex their muscles on stage Bodybuilders flex their muscles on stage Victor Fraile/Getty Images

    One in 10 men training in UK gyms could have a little-known body-image disorder called "bigorexia", which can lead to depression, steroid abuse and suicide.

    What is bigorexia?

    The disorder is formally known as muscle dysmorphia, an anxiety disorder which causes someone to see themselves as small, despite actually being big and muscular.


    It is sometimes described as the opposite of anorexia.

    "Muscle dysmorphia is a preoccupation with the idea that one isn't big enough, isn't muscular enough," Rob Wilson, chair of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation said in a BBC Newsbeat investigation.

    Signs of bigorexia may include working out compulsively, often prioritising working out over family and friends, excessively looking at your body in the mirror and abusing anabolic steroids, supplements and protein shakes.

    How many are affected?

    "We know about 10 per cent of men in the gym may have muscle dysmorphia," said Mr Wilson.

    He went on to say that many cases may be going undiagnosed because there is little awareness of the disorder.

    "There are thousands upon thousands with it, who are going to be excessively concerned about their appearance, having very poor self-esteem, and also feeling very anxious and very worried," he said.

    "Sometimes individuals can become very depressed and hopeless and that can even lead to suicide."

    What causes the disorder?

    The NHS says bigorexia could be a genetic disorder, or may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

    Life experiences may also be a factor, as the NHS suggests bigorexia may be more common in people who were teased, bullied or abused when they were young.

    Mr Wilson said the disorder may have become more common as men are conditioned to think they need to look a certain way to feel successful, powerful and attractive.

    "We're seeing an increased pressure on men to look muscular, create a 'V' shape and have a six pack."

    Several treatments are available, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or a type of medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). If symptoms do not improve, antidepressants such as clomipramine can be prescribed.

    For information or advice, contact mental health charity Mind on 0300 123 3393 or email info@mind.org.uk.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has deflected criticism about the lack of mental health care provision in the NHS onto GPs, who he claimed are not treating people for mental health conditions or referring them for 'increasingly available' CBT.

    The comments came during yesterday's PMQs in response to a question about the lack of mental health beds put by newly elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in his new-style approach in which he drew on questions suggested by the public.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2015
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    A leading UK charity has condemned an increasing number of Councils who are charging carers for the support they receive.

    Charging carers for vital support could push them into financial difficulties and runs the risk of harming their health, says Carers Trust.

    The charity warns that carers are being left in "dire straights" from being deterred from accessing the support they need, "but have to continue caring to the detriment of their own health and wellbeing".

  • Alison McInnes at the Ofgem E Serve stand in parliament
    Article: Sep 30, 2015

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes today welcomed the high uptake of the domestic renewable heat incentive scheme locally.

    Some 7,640 renewable heating systems have been installed across Scotland since the financial incentive scheme was introduced in April 2014 - including 589 in Aberdeenshire, 206 in Moray, 113 in Angus, 84 in Dundee and 37 in Aberdeen.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2015

    The burgeoning use of NPS coupled with a growing understanding of their dangers has led to a greater focus on how to control these substances. The UK Government's expert panel review, which was set in train by the former Minister of State for Crime Prevention, my fellow Liberal Democrat Norman Baker, highlighted that "after years of stable and declining drug use, the emergence of NPS has been a game changer."

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has issued a warning to the Health Secretary to ensure pressured health boards are equipped to meet A&E waiting times over the winter months.

    Weekly A&E waiting times published today showed a further decline in the number of patients being treated with the SNP Government's four hour target.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has blasted the SNP Government's inaction on social housing after figures published today showed an increase in the number of children housed in temporary accommodation.

    Between April and June this year, an additional 626 children were living in temporary accommodation, a 15 percent increase.
    Commenting, Mr Hume said:

  • Article: Sep 29, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for answers after the latest figures showed the Scottish Government continues to miss its own cancer treatment times in health boards across Scotland.

    Nearly one in ten patients, 92.1 percent, started treatment within 62 days of urgent referral with suspicion of cancer in the quarter ending June 2014. This compares to 91.1% in the previous quarter.