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Minimum pricing: Green MSP slams failed bid by drinks lobby

Wed 15 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject the challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association for there to be a minimum price for alcohol set in Scotland.

Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP says the alcohol companies behind the failed block should be “ashamed of themselves” and called on ministers to now get on with putting the policy in place.

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone said:

Funding proposal for GP practices welcomed by Greens

Mon 13 Nov, 2017

A new funding formula proposed by the BMA,  aimed at providing more money for GP practices in deprived areas, has been welcomed by the Greens.

The formula is one of several new measures in a proposed new contract for general practice in Scotland and Alison Johnstone MSP, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, says her party has been campaigning on the issue for some time, highlighting how GP practices in more deprived areas currently receive only £2.28 more per patient.

No young person should miss out on support they need

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

Waiting for universal credit payments may put over 23,000 low income families in the UK at risk of destitution this winter.  Demand on food banks is rising, and applicants are left distressed and confused by complex applications.  The calamitous roll out of universal credit shows our benefits system at its disjointed worst.

Johnstone amends Child Poverty Bill to ensure Scot Gov considers benefit top-up

Wed 8 Nov, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Nov) welcomed Parliament's support for her amendment to the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which means the Scottish Government will be required to say in each of the Bill's Delivery Plans if it intends to use new top-up powers to increase the value of Child Benefit.
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Johnstone steps up call for GP funding for deprived areas

Tue 7 Nov, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Nov) stepped up her call for the government to better target GP practice spending in the most deprived areas to help tackle health inequalities.

Figures released today show that practices in the most deprived 20 per cent of postcodes are paid on average just £2.28 more per patient than practices in the least deprived 20 per cent of postcodes.

#FMQs: Music school closure plans raised by Green MSP

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

The potential closure of a prestigious music school in Edinburgh was raised by a Green MSP at First Minister’s Questions today.

Lothian MSP Andy Wightman joined with Green councillors from the city last week to persuade the council to listen to parents’ and pupils’ from the City of Edinburgh Music School before taking a decision.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Government must focus more on preventative health measures say Greens

Wed 1 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Government must give a greater focus to preventative public health measures in order to improve the National Health Service, the Scottish Greens will say today.

Speaking in an opposition debate on the NHS in Scotland 2017 report, Green MSP Alison Johnstone will say the report’s findings prove there’s a greater need for early intervention and for general practice funding to be reformed to help support GP retention.

Stepping up demands for at least ten per cent of the transport budget to go into walking and cycling

Tue 31 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs today (31 Oct) used a Holyrood debate to step up demands for Scottish Ministers to invest at least ten per cent of the transport budget in walking and cycling, warning that the government is set to fail its own active travel target.

In 2012, Green MSP Alison Johnstone led Holyrood's first debate on cycling, with the parliament agreeing her motion which called on the Scottish Government to place active travel at the heart of the planning system.

Public sector pay: Greens hear from nurses and urge real terms rise

Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today urged Scottish Ministers to give public sector workers such as nurses a real-terms pay rise.

Ahead of the Scottish Greens' conference in Edinburgh this weekend (21 and 22 Oct), Ms Johnstone and party co-conveners Patrick Harvie MSP and Maggie Chapman were due today to meet with nurses and officials from the Royal College of Nursing to discuss the pay pressures staff have faced.

Johnstone disappointed at Scottish FA appointing Malky Mackay interim Scotland manager

Fri 13 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (13 Oct) expressed disappointment at the Scottish FA appointing performance director Malky Mackay interim Scotland manager following Gordon Strachan's departure.

Mackay was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages he had sent containing discriminatory language.

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