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  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has saidWillie RennieWillie Rennie that it is puzzling that the SNP could not support plans to cut tax for people on low and middle incomes. This comes after the SNP voted against a Scottish Liberal Democrat amendment supporting moves by the Liberal Democrat in the UK Government.

    The increasing of the income tax threshold has already seen 224,000 of the lowest earners lifted out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut.

    Speaking after the parliamentary debate on the living wag0065, Mr Rennie said:

    "Despite previous proclamations of support for cutting tax for people on low and middle incomes, this reveals how hollow those words were. This vote confirms that the SNP do not favour helping those who would benefit from a tax cut most.

    "It is puzzling why a party that claims to be on the side of workers is against our proposals which have already been delivered. We want to go further by raising the threshold to £12,500 so that people in the minimum wage would no longer pay any income tax. This is real action by government which delivers a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling more people to get on in life.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have lifted 224,000 of the lowest earners out of tax altogether. More than 2 million Scots have been given a £700 tax cut. It is puzzling that the SNP could not support this."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP hasLiam McArthurLiam McArthur said the SNP Government should set the record straight after making misleading claims that key schemes aimed at helping those living in fuel poverty were being cut by the UK Government.

    Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

    "Nobody should have to choose between heating their homes or feeding their families. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats remain committed to ending fuel poverty by 2016.

    "In my own constituency of Orkney, levels of fuel poverty are higher than almost anywhere else in the country. I need no persuading, therefore, of the importance of redoubling our efforts to combat this scourge as a matter of urgency.

    "Making progress, however, will require both of Scotland's governments to work hand in hand. What it does not need is SNP Ministers yet again blaming everything on Westminster while claiming everything would be solved with independence.

    "Margaret Burgess' claims about UK cuts for energy efficiency measures are simply not true. Indeed, it shows either a determination to scaremonger or a lack of understanding about how these programmes work. Neither does those living in fuel poverty any favours at all.

    "The fight against fuel poverty has enjoyed cross-party support to date, and those in fuel poor households deserve better than SNP scapegoating."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has finally listened to the party's concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

    The announcement today came after consistent pressure on the SNP Government from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today welcomed the news that the Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPScottish Government has finally listened to the party's concerns over plans to scrap corroboration before a full review had taken place.

    The announcement today came after consistent pressure on the SNP Government from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to delay Stage Two deliberations until after Lord Bonomy published his findings on any potential safeguards.

    Commenting on today's concession, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

    "Once Kenny MacAskill actually conceded that other safeguards would be required then the only sensible way forward was to await the outcome of Lord Bonomy's work. Kenny Macaskill's obstinacy on this has risked bringing parliament into disrepute, so I welcome his change of heart. This is a victory for common sense. People will breathe a sigh of relief today having watched the justice secretary step back from the brink. Parliament should never be asked to pass legislation before it has considered all the implications.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats are the only party to have consistently opposed the Scottish Government's ill-thought-through plans to scrap corroboration. Kenny MacAskill's attempts to push this onto the statute book only compounded those concerns.

    "Lord Bonomy's group must now be allowed to conduct its review completely unfettered, after which we can return to this debate far better informed."

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume today warned that the clock is tickingJim HumeJim Hume for SNP Ministers to give farmers the information they need on the future of Scottish agricultural payments ahead of a key EU deadline.

    Speaking after the appearance of the Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP at the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs Committee, Mr Hume said the powers SNP Ministers have to create a Scottish Common Agricultural Policy come with real responsibilities.

    During the meeting, the Secretary of State underlined the consequences of missing key deadlines and falling foul of EU rules, pointing to the substantial fines imposed on England following previous reforms.

    Commenting, Jim Hume MSP said:

    "UK Ministers helped ensure that Scottish Ministers have the power take the big decisions over how we support our agricultural sector. But power comes with responsibilities. Richard Lochhead needs to give our farmers the answers they need on the CAP to allow the industry to plan for the future.

    "Scotland is now falling behind the rest of the UK on CAP implementation. The deadline for announcing details of the new Scottish payments system is fast approaching and the clock is ticking.

    "If we miss the boat on EU deadlines this would cause fundamental problems for farmers who are already facing real uncertainty."

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power Liam McArthurLiam McArthur'blackout' across much of the Highlands & Islands last week was discussed in the Scottish Parliament earlier this afternoon.

    The Finance Secretary, John Swinney came to the Chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact on their constituents.

    Orkney's MSP Liam McArthur took part in the exchanges at Topical Questions, and commented afterwards:

    "The Finance Secretary accepted that delays in restoring power to customers in Orkney took longer than elsewhere. He insisted, however, that lessons had been learned and that steps were being taken to avoid any repeat of such problems in the future.

    "It was also helpful to understand the safeguards in place to help meet the needs of more vulnerable members of communities across the Highlands & Islands. While blackouts can cause inconvenience for many, they can present real risks to the elderly and infirm. Mr Swinney was able to reassure MSPs that SSE had worked closely with the emergency services, as well as those involved in health and social care, to minimise any such risks.

    "While preventing all future blackouts may be impossible, it is important that systems are made as resilient as possible and that response procedures are improved where appropriate. In that sense, Mr Swinney's comments to parliament this afternoon offer some hope that this is happening".

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the North East Alison McInnes today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petitions Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Mrs McInnes is a member.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the NorthAlison McInnesAlison McInnes East Alison McInnes has today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker, and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petition's Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Ms McInnes is a member.

    Commenting on the petition, Ms McInnes said:

    "This petition shows the clear extent to which people in the North East and Highlands and Islands feel let down by the closures caused by the SNP's centralisation plans. Scottish Liberal Democrats share concerns that the closure of police and fire control rooms, and frontline police counters, represents a damaging loss of local knowledge.

    "From Aberdeen and Montrose to Durness and Portree, decades of local policing is being replaced by a one-size-fits-all faceless organisation. As a member of the justice committee I will be doing my utmost to ensure the justice secretary pays heed to these local voices."

  • Montrose councillor David May, Sir Robert Smith MP, Alison McInnes MSP and Stonehaven & Lower Deeside councillor Peter Bellarby.
    Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to stop dithering and to get shovels in the ground to build a much-needed flyover on the A90 at Laurencekirk.

    Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, met North East MSP Alison McInnes and councillors David May and Peter Bellarby at the blackspot.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has called on the Clydesdale Bank to rethink its plans to close so many branches around the country.

    Mrs McInnes said: "Among the branches facing closure by the end of the year are Alford and three in Aberdeen - Bridge of Don, Bucksburn and Woodside. Rural residents in particular are badly hit when their local branch closes. People in Alford will face long bus journeys to Banchory or Aberdeen to get to a Clydesdale branch.

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