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Glasgow Budget: Greens Protect Services and Back Climate Emergency Fund

Thu 21 Feb, 2019

Green Councillors in Glasgow have today (21 February 2019) unveiled their proposed city budget which sets out spending plans to protect local services, act on the climate emergency and give more power to local communities.

Green Budget Deal Gives Extra Funding To Glasgow

Fri 1 Feb, 2019

Yesterday in Holyrood Green pressure delivered what Councils across Scotland have been asking for – extra funding to prevent cuts, greater freedom to raise funds locally, and a vital package of long-term local tax reforms.

“Setting in motion an end to the unfair Council Tax is a huge achievement and, together with other reforms, it means councils like Glasgow can raise more money locally, like most other modern European cities," said Cllr Allan Young, co-convenor of the Green Councillors Group in Glasgow.

Greens Demand Full Investigation into Asylum Claims

Mon 3 Dec, 2018

Green councillors in Glasgow have today demanded a full investigation into  reports that council officers knew about plans by the UK Government’s contractor Serco to evict asylum seekers earlier this year, despite earlier claims that leading councillors were ‘blind-sided’ by the plans.

Councillor Kim Long, the Greens’ equalities spokesperson, has called for an investigation to be carried out urgently by one of the Council’s scrutiny committees.

Support for Active Travel Friendly Workplaces

Mon 26 Nov, 2018

The strengthening of local authority powers to introduce a Workplace Parking Levy will be discussed by Glasgow City Council’s Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction City Policy Development Committee on Tuesday 27th November 2018.

Nottingham City Council has introduced a Workplace Parking Levy to tackle problems associated with traffic congestion and this has provided funding for major transport infrastructure initiatives and acted as an incentive for employers to manage their workplace parking provision.

Greens Welcome High Street Plans

Fri 2 Nov, 2018

Green Councillors were yesterday welcoming plans to provide much-needed attention to the city's neglected High Street.

The new High Street Area Strategy and Action Plan was passed at the City Administration Committee on 1st November and is the result of a year's worth of cross-party discussions, community and business consultation and extra dedicated council staff time.  (For full details, see here.)

Greens Stand by Female Workers Fighting for Equal Pay

Allan Young Wed 24 Oct, 2018

Since monday evening a huge number of Glasgow City Council workers have downed tools, either going on strike or refusing to cross picket lines. We in the Scottish Green Party support, as we have always done, their continued fight for equal pay.

The scheduled two-day industrial action has caused sizeable disruption and shows both how seldom homecare workers, cleaners, learning support workers and others go on strike and also how important their work is to our city.

Green Councillors Are Calling for a Free Tap Water Refill Scheme to Help Cut Plastic Bottle Waste

Mon 2 Jul, 2018

It is estimated that the average Glaswegian adult buys more than 3 plastic water bottles every week, which adds up to a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, the UK uses 13 billion plastic bottles every year. Only 7.5 billion are recycled, with the remaining 5.5 billion causing substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste.

In addition to this, the production of bottled water is around five hundred times more carbon intensive than tap water, and the quality tests for bottled brands are far less stringent than for the water that comes out of our taps.

Greens Will Fight Watering-Down of Glasgow Clean Air Plans

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Green Councillors in Glasgow aim to stop the SNP administration backtracking on previously-agreed plans to bring in a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) for all vehicles by 2021, accusing them of lacking ambition for clean air.

£9 Million Byres Road Plans Risk a Missed Opportunity

Sun 27 May, 2018

Glasgow has outgrown the private car. The air we breathe is unsafe, our roads are crumbling under ever-increasing traffic volumes and our transport system is failing to address the needs of the half of households in the city without access to a car. Other parts of the city are benefiting from investment to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk and cycle safely.

Glasgow Greens to Press Holyrood on Planning Reform

Thu 10 May, 2018

Greens in Glasgow are urging fellow Councillors to back a major change to the planning system which would give local people the right to appeal planning decisions for the first time.

A Green Party motion to be debated by Glasgow City Council on 17 May calls for an ‘equal right of appeal’ to be added to the Planning (Scotland) Bill, which is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament.