The Liberal Democrats are asking people across our community who care for relatives to get in touch and share their story – to mark national Carers Rights Day.
Liberal Democrat party leader Ed Davey has said he wants the party wants to be a "strong voice" for the millions across the country - including 10,464 people in the Livingston constituency and 10,794 people in Linlithgow and East Falkirk - who care for those who need it.
“We hope that nobody has been excluded.”
These seven words from our Prime Minister angered me probably more than any others since Coronavirus took over our lives.
Boris Johnson was responding to a question from Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine this week asking for more help for those who have so far not received Government support.
As we try to adapt to our latest layer of restrictions, I find myself questioning the basis for them as well as the wisdom behind them.
If there is evidence that hospitality settings are spreading the virus, why is it not being publicly shared? If the SNP is so confident these measures will work, rather than simply driving people into each other’s homes to socialise, why won’t they open it up to debate at Holyrood? Instead, we have been presented with a series of decrees and the rollercoaster of 2020 hits another low.
When the Spaces for People fund was announced with much fanfare in April of this year, I felt it was a small silver lining to the horrendous events that were unfolding across the world. Here at last was a real opportunity for us to make sustainable changes in how our shared space is used. The Scotland-wide fund, administered by Sustrans, was supposed to enable communities to walk, cycle or wheel more safely, which in turn would protect public health, support physical distancing and even help to prevent a second wave of the disease.
These past few months have been tough for all of us. Being stuck at home for weeks on end is difficult enough on its own. But for those key workers and volunteers who have been caring for others, or making sure that we are all fed, there has been an added anxiety. I am so grateful to nurses and other health service workers, delivery drivers, supermarket workers, public transport drivers and others who have had no choice but to keep going to work.