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Association of Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillors (ASLDC)

New Hope: Scottish Liberal Democrat Priorities for Local Government

Foreword by Alex Cole-Hamilton:

New Hope with the Scottish Liberal Democrats

After everything we've been through, Scotland needs new hope right now. At the coming council elections, you'll only find that hope with the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Our councillors and candidates are thrilled by the idea of what community can mean. We see the best in people and we want the best for them. If something isn't working, then we try to fix it.

It's time to move on from the division that has held Scotland back for so long. Let's lay aside talk of an independence referendum and get to grips with what matters right now.

That starts with getting Scotland back on its feet after two years of pandemic and by recognising that our people are facing the biggest hit to household budgets in a generation.

We face so many challenges. Two years of disruption in our schools. The longest ever waits for medical appointments. The climate emergency. So what we are we going to do about it?

There are teachers looking for work, so let's use them to cut class sizes and boost support for pupils.

We would put new staff in your local surgery to get you treatment fast.

We would insulate you and your home from the cost of living crisis and the climate emergency.

Across the UK we would put a Robin Hood tax on energy companies making super profits. We would cut VAT, worth £600 for every home.

Scotland has a proud history and our people are magnificent - you can see that in the way we're opening our homes to Ukrainian refugees. But it can be so much more.

Back us this May and I promise you that Liberal Democrats in the villages and towns of Scotland will show you the meaning of hope once again.

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats