Aberdeen worst hit by 2015/16 slump in employment

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called for support for local industries after alarming employment figures, released by the Scottish Government today, show that Aberdeen City saw the sharpest fall in employment of any local authority area in Scotland in 2015/16.

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Rumbles reveals worst adult mental health waiting times in NHS Grampian

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today revealed shocking figures that some patients in NHS Grampian have waited years for psychological therapy treatment. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for a step change in how we treat mental health in Scotland.

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Rumbles backs calls for improved mobile coverage after study shows Scotland is trailing behind

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has added his voice to a Federation of Small Business (FSB) campaign, launched today, calling on the UK Government to intervene on mobile phone coverage in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Liberal Democrat MSP also urged the Scottish Government to do more to target rural blackspots.

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Spin doesn’t match reality of declining rail service

Despite efforts to claim that rail services in Scotland are getting better, Scotrail Alliance boss Alex Hynes was forced to admit that the service ‘could be improved’ after failing to meet 22 of 34 performance targets, in an evidence session for the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee this morning.

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Environment LINK survey is proof of the pudding for farm support

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed the results of a survey carried out by Scottish Environment LINK, showing that most Scots want ministers to do more to make farm payments work for our environment.

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Another £860k ploughed into failing CAP IT system

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has revealed that the Scottish Government has had to put another £860,000 into the notorious CAP IT system.

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Rumbles demands plan to tackle “digital desert”

Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today used a parliamentary debate on broadband provision to demand that the Scottish Government publish plans telling households that have been left behind, when they can expect superfast broadband to be delivered to their homes and businesses.

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‘North East teachers will be flummoxed by Minister’s response on staff morale’ – Rumbles

Today, the Scottish Government’s education secretary brushed off a question from Mike Rumbles MSP, over low teacher morale in schools in Aberdeenshire, by claiming that staff in Glasgow are feeling ‘buoyant’. The minister’s response contradicts recent revelations that local teacher recruitment in is in crisis and ignores the ‘Value Education, Value Teachers’ letter writing campaign highlighting that low pay and a lack of resources are responsible for undermining local education services.

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No recognition of staffing issues and underfunding at NHS Grampian

The Scottish Government’s health secretary showed no signs of acknowledging the long-term funding and staffing issues at NHS Grampian, in a response today to questions tabled by North East MSP Mike Rumbles.

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Minister confirms Aberdeen City and Shire are bottom of the pack for local funding

In response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by North East MSP Mike Rumbles, the Scottish Government’s finance secretary has confirmed that Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are two of the three worst funded local authorities in Scotland.

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