A better Scotland needs a bolder Holyrood.

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We believe that Scotland can unlock the power that our communities need, in jobs, health and the economy.

We believe that the Scottish Parliament can be so much bolder in meeting the ambitions of the people of Scotland. 

The Scottish Greens have the people and the policies to make that happen. Our candidates have a solid track record of making a difference inside and outside Parliament.  

We bring fresh, new, bold ideas to Parliament. We will work constructively with others who share our aims. Parliament - and Scotland - needs a diverse politics and progressive champions to hold the biggest parties to account.

  • Scotland can create over 200,000 new jobs

    With more Green MSPs we can deliver 204,000* jobs in clean, green industries; and we can help small businesses, social enterprises, and employee-owned ventures to flourish   

    * Source: 'Jobs in Scotland's New Economy'. 2015. Mika Minio-Paluello.

  • Scotland can provide good homes for all

    With more Green MSPs we can eradicate fuel poverty; raise standards in private housing; and make private rents affordable

  • Scotland can unlock the power in our communities

    We can achieve real change in who owns Scotland. We’ll increase support for community and public ownership of energy and give communities the same rights as developers

  • Scotland can ban fracking once and for all

    The scientific evidence is compelling that fracking and UGE are too dangerous and that it’s unnecessary and distracts from renewables investment. Communities are up in arms and whilst  the SNP continue to defer a decision the Greens are the only party calling for an all out ban, which can be achieved using the powers already devolved to Holyrood.

    We can ensure that Scotland uses its powers in planning to ensure that unconventional gas extraction does not take place beside our homes, our shores and vital agricultural assets.

  • Scotland can care for all our people

    We can fight for a ‘Carers Wage’ which values people who care for young and old, and we can welcome people fleeing conflict abroad.

  • Scotland can guarantee a future for our young people

    We can open up college places and apprenticeships , and we can commit to a job, training or education for every school-leaver through a Scotland Guarantee

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Patrick Harvie: How we made the SNP budget lean to Green

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 3 Feb

Yesterday we saw the biggest budget concession in Holyrood's history, a deal for councils that would not have been possible without the hard work of the Green MSPs. It shows that it's possible for parties to stay true to their aims while finding common ground in the interests of the public.

The result is that Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition.

Investment in teachers and graduates in nurseries is a step in the right direction

18 January, 2017 - 13:48

Alison Johnstone MSP, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (18 Jan) urged Scottish Ministers to prioritise the Living Wage for nursery staff in light of today's announcement by the First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon has promised £1.5million to recruit more teachers and graduates for nurseries in deprived areas.

Alison Johnstone, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Scotland Office must act to keep Green Investment Bank open say Greens

16 January, 2017 - 10:11

Two Green MSPs are lobbying the Scotland Office to intervene in the potential sale of the Green Investment Bank.

Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman want the UK government’s office in Scotland to ensure that the bank maintains its commitment to environmental causes and that it safeguards the 55 jobs it has in Edinburgh; the city the MSPs represent in the Scottish Parliament.

We all create the wealth of our economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 13 Jan

The debate about economic inequality took a new turn this week, with coverage of the GINI coefficient, which measures how unequal each country is. Despite the widespread feeling that the gap between rich and poor has kept getting wider, new figures for the UK seem to show no significant change over the last decade or so. It’s worth thinking about what these figures mean.

Green MSP critical of government’s standstill income tax policy

11 January, 2017 - 14:40

The finance secretary has revealed that the Scottish Government’s Income Tax policy remains “under review” after questioning by Patrick Harvie MSP at a meeting of the Finance and Constitution Committee.

However, Derek McKay refused to answer the Green MSP’s questions on “progressive changes to income tax rates and bands”, a position Harvie says will lead to a missed opportunity “to cut poverty and inequality”.

The SNP is now a minority government and therefore needs to win parliamentary support for its tax plans in order to pass a budget next month.