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.

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Another American businessman is aiming to build a golf course on another protected area in Scotland

John Finnie MSP Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Coul Links, on the south side of Loch Fleet in East Sutherland, is one of the last areas of undisturbed species rich duneland in Scotland. RSPB Scotland describes it as “a mosaic of different dune habitats, each individually important and all increasingly rare.”

The debate on animal sentience is an early warning shot in the unravelling Brexit process

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 1 Dec, 2017

Sometimes we never truly understand the value of something until we have lost it. With so much progress under threat from Brexit, I’m on a mission to understand the progress Europe has delivered and how we can preserve hard won rights and protections.

Greener budget needed as figures show Scottish Government weak on low carbon

Tue 21 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Government is failing to heed expert advice to allocate 70 per cent of its capital spending to low-carbon infrastructure projects, analysis by the Scottish Green MSPs shows.

Ahead of this week's UK Budget, which will affect Scottish Ministers' capital spending, the Greens are warning that of Scottish infrastructure projects underway, less than 28 per cent are low-carbon, such as electrification of the Edinburgh-Glasgow rail service. Almost 51 per cent of projects underway are high-carbon, such as the expansion of the M8-M73-M74 motorways.

Harvie uses FMQs to urge industrial strategy that supports jobs such as those under threat at BiFab

Thu 16 Nov, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (16 Nov) used First Minister's Questions to urge a fresh industrial strategy that urgently supports jobs in renewable energy such as the 1,400 under threat at BiFab in Fife and the Western Isles.

Green MSPs met with BiFab workers at today's rally outside Parliament, while on Tuesday Mark Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, pressed the Economy Secretary on the issue.

Ruskell uses major European conference to challenge Scot Gov refusal to set up environmental court

Mon 6 Nov, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Nov) used a session at a major European conference to challenge the Scottish Government over its recent decision not to set up a specialist environmental court.

Speaking at the European Environmental Bureau conference in Edinburgh, Mark Ruskell MSP said: