Flight tax justice

Research using the airline industry’s own data shows, cutting aviation tax is a tax cut for the wealthy. 

The Scottish Parliament now has the power to set aviation tax. The SNP government propose to cut it. Their plans will leave Scotland with £700 million less for public services and irrevocably damage the environment.

We believe cutting Air Departure Tax is wrong. Research using the industry’s own data shows, it is a tax cut for the wealthy. It will not help families go on holiday. And it will leave the environmentally-damaging aviation industry effectively untaxed.

Read our FAQs to learn more and take action by responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation today.

Latest Campaign Updates

The government must be ready to listen before putting a budget before parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Oct, 2017

Party conference season is upon us. With Theresa May’s farcical performance in Manchester earlier this week, every other leader can be confident that’d be hard put to do any worse. This weekend it’s the turn of the SNP, whose members will no doubt be eager for some positive, upbeat announcements to cheer.

The first of these was announced on Tuesday; the temporary moratorium on fracking and other forms of extreme energy production will be extended. These technologies will not be deployed in Scotland, and this will certainly feature prominently in the First Ministers speech.

FMQs: SNP asked to explain environmental court snub

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

The government’s green credentials were called into question again today when the First Minister was asked to reconsider her government’s position against creating a specialist environmental court, or tribunal, when the UK leaves the European Union.

Our position paper on Brexit outlines risks to human rights, democracy and devolution

Tue 3 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens today (3 Oct) published a position paper on Brexit, outlining the risks to human rights, democracy and devolution from the UK Government's Hard Brexit.

The paper - Preparing for Impact  - also lays down challenges to the Scottish Government over its use of devolved powers, and its approach to the living wage and environmental justice.

Case for Air Departure Tax cut now demolished says Harvie

Thu 28 Sep, 2017

The First Minister came under pressure to explain today why the government is pressing ahead with a cut to ADT when three out of four Scots would rather they prioritised spending on everyday public transport.

Plate up for the planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 27 Sep, 2017

Last week I signed up, as over 10,000 people have this summer, to the Plate Up for the Planet campaign. It’s a 7-day pledge to try out a vegan diet, and the idea got a few of us in the Green Group interested. As today is the last day of my pledge, I wanted to get a few thoughts down on how I’ve found it and what, if anything, it might change for me.