Lib Dems win hundreds of millions of extra funding for schools, mental health, business support and councils

At this time of crisis for our country, the very least that the public can expect is that political parties work together to put the recovery from the pandemic first. 
Liberal Democrats have been calling for more funding for mental health, for schools,  to support struggling businesses and for local councils.
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Scottish Women’s Convention marks International Women’s Day

Last night I attended an incredibly moving and humbling event at the Scottish Parliament run by the Scottish Women’s Convention to mark International Women’s Day

We all know how amazing and resilient our health and care workers have been, nursing and comforting their patients, but hearing them talk about their experiences really brought home the extent of the personal sacrifices they have made and the impact on them.

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Shocking rise in domestic abuse

It has been shocking to learn this week that West Lothian has reported the greatest increase in domestic violence incidents in Scotland in the past year, up by a staggering 18%. It is true to say that West Lothian is one of the few councils in Scotland that core fund a Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Team and that the work of this team may have resulted in greater numbers of cases being reported, but their undoubtedly important work cannot account for such a huge rise, and there can be no question that that this not a league table that West Lothian wants to be at the head of.

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Litter, litter, everywhere...

Virtually everybody I have spoken to in Livingston South during these past few months has told me how absolutely fed up they are with the amount of litter in our green spaces. 

We have some gorgeous spots in the ward. Howden Park, with its views, is one of the loveliest places in Livingston, yet it is often strewn with bottles, cans, sweet wrappers, pizza boxes and all sorts of unsavoury things. 
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Youth unemployment in West Lothian has doubled

A report in the Linlithgow Gazette shows that the number of young people enduring unemployment in West Lothian has doubled during the pandemic. 

The number of young people claiming unemployment benefits went up from 650 to 1265 between January and December 2020. That's higher than the national average. 

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