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Sir Malcolm Bruce MP and Ann Bell MBE are shown developments at Fraserburgh Harbour

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"We will work towards delivering a fairer society that the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have failed to deliver when previously in government on their own during the past 50+ years. We will work hard re-build a stable, green economy for each and every one of us. We will reform politics so that every person and every vote counts. Fairness will be our aim in all that we do as we seek to provide a stable government that serves the whole of the UK."

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  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Parts of the UK'sdisability benefits system require a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a report by MPs has said.

    A Commons committee said replacing the firm Atos - which until March assessed whether people were fit to work - would not address the problems "on its own".

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Commenting on the latest UK GDP figures, which have revealed that theWillie RennieWillie Rennie UK economy is now at pre-crisis levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This must be a difficult day for the doom-mongers. The steady economic recovery continues thanks to a combination of the hard work and ingenuity of the country and the economic plan delivered by this government.

    "When the Liberal Democrats formed the government four years ago we did so to provide a stable government and to deliver the economic recovery Britain required. There's more work to be done but without the Liberal Democrats in government the progress made would not have been possible."

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats in the North East have this week selected Mike RumblesMike Rumbleslocal resident Mike Rumbles to be their candidate for the Aberdeenshire West constituency at the next Scottish Parliamentary elections to be held in 2016.

    Mr Rumbles was elected to the first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served the people of West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine for 12 years before boundary changes abolished his constituency.

    Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:

    "I have been delighted by the very many local people who have asked me to stand again for the Scottish Parliament here in Aberdeenshire. It was heartening to receive over 80 percent of the votes of local Liberal Democrat members during the selection process.

    "I am determined to ensure that once again the people of Aberdeenshire West have a local resident able to represent them in the Scottish Parliament who is willing to fight against the SNP government's closure of local facilities such as the Aboyne Maternity Unit, their centralisation of local police services and their abject failure after 7 years in Government to get on with transport projects around the North East."

    Local MP Sir Robert Smith said in congratulating Mike on his selection:

    "I am delighted Mike has decided to stand again for the Scottish Parliament. Having worked with him since he was first elected in 1999 I know he will speak up strongly for his constituents. Together with our local councillors we will make up a strong Liberal Democrat team serving the people of West Aberdeenshire."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, has apologised to social housing tenants who have been put through unnecessary anxiety and stress, and in some cases evicted from their homes, as a result of the controversial 'bedroom tax'. However, he defended the party's stance on supporting the introduction of the widely hated policy.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014
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    New tory Disability Minister, Mark Harper MP, has announced that disabled people's 'right to control' their care package will not be rolled out nationally.

    The announcement comes after the scheme was piloted in seven areas of England between December 2010 and 12 December 2013.

    An evaluation of the pilot schemes found that the 'right to control' "may not have resulted in any measurable" impact for disabled people. As a result the government will not be extending the pilot to further areas.

    In a written ministerial statement released today (17 June 2014), the Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper said:

    "The Right to Control pilot operated in seven areas of England between 12 December 2010 and 12 December 2013. The aims of the pilot were to bring together a number of different funding streams into a streamlined process that allowed disabled people choice and control over how funding for them was used to provide the care, support (including employment support) and equipment they needed; and to test the costs and benefits to public authorities.

    "The Government remains committed to the principles of personalisation and of providing disabled people with greater choice and control over how the funding they are entitled to is used by them or on their behalf. Whilst the evaluation of this pilot may not have resulted in any measurable impact on outcomes, it was popular with those individuals who exercised their right to control and they valued the greater flexibilities it gave them. It also acted as a catalyst to developing local relationships and partnerships.

    "Since the Right to Control pilot began in 2010, developments in Government policy have increasingly recognised the importance of personalisation in the delivery of services. The Care Act 2014 enables greater choice and control for the individual in adult social care and also provides co-operation duties to support partnership working and the flexibility needed to maintain Right to Control style approaches at local level. We are in the process of introducing personalisation within the context of the Disability and Health Employment Strategy, to develop a more personalised approach to delivering employment support for disabled people.

    "Taking these changes into consideration together with the evaluation findings of the Right to Control pilot the Government has decided not to roll out the Right to Control nationally.

    "As required by the Welfare Reform Act 2009, a report on the operation of the pilot has been prepared, and I will place

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Carers will receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.Sunrise Living Care Home

    The no strings attached Carer's Bonus will help more than one million people who look after disabled loved-ones. The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

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  • Article: Jul 22, 2014
    In Leonard Cheshire Disability

    Did you know that only 1 in 20 homes in the UK are disabled-friendly?

    A few months ago I didn't. But we're publishing new research this Wednesday which shows the devastating impact caused by the massive shortage of disabled-friendly homes.

    When someone becomes disabled - after an accident or illness, for example - a perfect home can turn into a nightmare. Some people have to wash at their kitchen sink, others are using commodes in their living rooms - all because there are no disabled-friendly homes to move to.

    Sign Sue's petition to build more disabled-friendly homes.

    Sue in the living room, where she sleepsI met Sue a few weeks ago and saw for myself how much we need more disabled-friendly homes. Sue can't get upstairs to her bathroom, so she has to be strip washed daily at her kitchen sink. She keeps her shower gel next to her washing up liquid.

    This Wednesday we'll launch Home Truths - a campaign calling for all new homes to be disabled-friendly, and for 1 in 10 to be fully wheelchair accessible.

    I don't think that's too much to ask. More and more of us are becoming disabled - we need to plan for the future now and build the right kind of homes.

    Sue needs to move to a disabled-friendly home, but she can't. Sign her petition today to get more disabled-friendly homes built.

    Thanks for your support,

    Leonard Cheshire Disabilit

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  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie the opening of the Commonwealth Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow's finest hours as the city commences two weeks of sporting events, with more than 4,500 athletes from across the Commonwealth expected to take part.

    Mr Rennie, who will be attending the opening and closing ceremonies as well as badminton and athletics has said that the city had built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.

    Speaking ahead of the opening ceremony this evening, Mr Rennie said:

    "The opening of the eagerly awaited Games this evening stands to serve as one of Glasgow's finest hours. Having lived in the city for many years as a student I know that the people of Glasgow will warmly welcome the many people who have arrived in the city from across the world.

    "I'm looking forward to taking part in the celebrations and to watching the world's finest athletes compete in the friendly city. The organisers, volunteers and indeed everyone who have been involved in one way or another can be proud of their work in making the Games happen. Glasgow has built strong foundations for a positive Games legacy which could see thousands more young Scots take up sports in the wake of the Games.

    "I wish everyone in Team Scotland, and all of the Commonwealth teams the best of luck for these events which many have spent years practising for."

  • Article: Jul 18, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP today said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie people in the north of England will not be taken in by warm words from the First Minister over his independence plans.

    Speaking after First Minister's speech at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Mr Rennie argued that the SNP's independence tax plans were based on undercutting the north of England and amounted to little more than a 'cross-border economic raid'.

    Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

    "People in Liverpool will not be taken in by the First Minister's warm words. They understand full well that his entire economic plan is based on undercutting the north of England on corporation tax in a policy gamble that would cut tax revenues and public sector jobs.

    "The SNP's corporation tax policy is nothing more than a cross-border economic raid. It is designed to strip investment out of England."