Bute House Agreement

Scottish Greens and the SNP entered into a cooperation agreement in August 2021 when the Bute House Agreement was published, with two green Ministers being appointed by the First Minister- a first for any parliament in the UK.

The deal puts the campaign for Scottish independence centre of campaigning along with a new emphasis on climate action, progressive taxation and improved tenants’ rights among other key policies.

Some areas are excluded from the agreement allowing Scottish Green MSPs to keep 

continue campaigning on areas such as banning oil and gas extraction, hunting with dogs and membership of Nato.

Delivering for Scotland

The Bute House Agreement has shown how progressive politics based on genuine cooperation and shared goals can work. In Scotland that means in important areas including nature restoration, active travel, free public transport for young people, the heat and buildings agenda and the circular economy.

It has also helped see the removal of peak fares on trains, an end of new coal, fracking and incinerators, a ban on the worst single use plastics, record funding for nature, biodiversity and active travel, gender recognition reform, increased Scottish child payments, expansion of the real living wage, a new tax on second homes, trade union representation on college boards and progress on expanding voting rights.