Our Manifesto for Glasgow City Council 2017

Power in your hands

It is no accident that Glasgow has been voted the world's friendliest city by many of its visitors. From its people to its architecture to its culture to its history, Glasgow stands out as a city of warmth, creativity and great experiences. Our city welcomes refugees, offers glorious parks and green spaces for its residents, and has world-famous museums and arts venues. It has a renowned industrial heritage, vibrant business sectors such as engineering, life sciences and digital and creative industries, and world-class universities. Glasgow is a city where generations of citizens have struggled for better conditions and equality for all.

We want to see Glasgow fulfil its potential. Many people are locked out of the opportunities that our city has to offer because their community has been marginalised, because they have insufficient income, because they are disabled or they feel unsafe. Many people find it difficult to travel across the city because the transport system is fragmented. Many people suffer from the pollution in the city centre streets, which contributes to Glasgow’s reduced life expectancy. We know that these inequalities affect every citizen in some way - we are all the poorer for them.  

Local democracy should empower people – local views matter and their voices must be heard.  The best way to create vibrant, safe and inclusive neighbourhoods is for local communities to have the power to make decisions, own local resources, and help themselves. But trust in politicians and the political system is low and many people tell us they feel disenchanted and cynical, and they see the workings of democracy as remote and lacking accountability.  They see public money being spent in their area, when they’ve had little or no say over how that’s done, often resulting in poor choices being made. 

Our Glasgow Green party councillors will accept the challenges that exist in Glasgow. We will work alongside local people for a more equal, healthier, safer Glasgow where the environment is protected for all.

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Latest Campaign Updates

Council elections: Greens warn of Tory threat

30 April, 2017 - 10:53

The Scottish Greens today called on voters in this week's council elections to reject candidates who have been campaigning on national rather than local issues, and urged them to use their first preference votes for Green candidates to stop Tories who would cut council services, facilities and jobs.

Sustainable transport is key to addressing school’s safety concerns

Susan Jeynes Sat 29 Apr

Last week highlighted the latest in a raft of concerns caused by inconsiderate driving and parking in Kirkcaldy, this time at Torbain Primary School, where residents are so concerned about the safety of pupils that they are proposing closing the road to cars at drop-off and collection times. If elected, I would make addressing this issue a top priority. 

You can put councillors in place who will prioritise local needs

John Finnie MSP Fri 28 Apr

They say travel broadens the mind. And we could do with some broader thinking at this time. A narrow-minded Tory Prime Minister has called a General Election right in the middle of a vital local election campaign. That tells you all you need to know about how little the Tories value local council services.

Aberdeen City Local Manifesto

mha16131 Wed 26 Apr

Aberdeen/shire Greens launch their Local Manifesto for Aberdeen City, with special guest John Finnie MSP. Click 'read more' for highlights and a PDF of the full manifesto document.

Nobody should face poverty because of the care they give

26 April, 2017 - 07:00

Scottish Green MSPs will today (26 April) lead a debate at Holyrood on carers policy, urging other parties to vote in favour of more financial support for carers and a "Living Wage Plus" for social care workers.