Sally Pattle - get the economy back on track

Sally Pattle, the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Linlithgow, lives and works in Linlithgow. She runs an award-winning bookshop that, like many other businesses, has been hit hard by the pandemic. She well understands the pressures the past year has placed on small businesses and the self-employed.

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Our plan to Put Recovery First

If elected in May 2021, the Scottish Liberal Democrats will:

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Young people still facing mental health wait

Over a quarter of children and young people referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Scotland are waiting over 18 weeks for treatment, according to recent figures from Public Health Scotland. 

This is well below the Scottish Government standard, which requires that 90% of children and young people should start treatment within 18 weeks of referral to CAMHS.

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Commission to look into violence against women and girls

Scottish Liberal Democrats this week called for a commission to look into violence against women and girls and consider ways to make society more hospitable to them.

Party leader Willie Rennie and equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay (who is also the party's candidate for Almond Valley) are asking all five major parties to commit to a commission to look into these issues and report back with recommendations within the first year of the new Parliament.

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West Lothian Council budget cuts to hit tenants

If you live in a Council house in West Lothian, your rent will be going up by 3% next year. 

The Council's decision will hit people who are struggling with rising fuel costs and reduced income. It's the wrong thing to do in the middle of a pandemic when so many are furloughed or have lost their jobs. In Edinburgh, Liberal Democrat Councillors worked with other parties to vote down similar plans. If I had been a Councillor, I would have opposed the rise. It's the wrong thing to do. 

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