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We need a welfare system that is simple, fair and compassionate

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 11 May, 2018

This article first appeared in the Stirling Observer.

I’m hearing from food banks that demand for food is soaring again and they are struggling to keep up, so donations and support need to keep flooding in.

However as the dedicated food bank workers at Start-Up Stirling often point out, we can only truly tackle demand if we address the root causes of poverty in our society. For those who cannot work that means a welfare system that is simple, fair and compassionate.

Fracking: Greens condemn INEOS over ban hold up

Wed 9 May, 2018

Scotland does not want fracking and multi-nationals determined to ignore this are responsible for creating deliberate uncertainty over a ban, says a Green MSP.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ energy spokesperson, is calling INEO’S legal bid a “desperate” last-ditch attempt to cause uncertainty from a fossil fuel giant that knows it has the lost the argument.

Ruskell, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP said:

Minister urged by Greens to stop salmon farm expansion

Wed 9 May, 2018

The rural economy minister is under pressure from the Scottish Greens to put a moratorium in place on fish farm expansion in Scotland.

Local economies on track for a boost thanks to Local Rail Development Fund, a Green budget win

Mon 7 May, 2018

Local economies across Scotland are on track for a boost thanks to a new £2 million Local Rail Development Fund set up during the Scottish Greens' negotiations with the Scottish Government over the 2018-19 budget.

The fund is open for bids until Friday 8 June, with community groups, local councils and transport partnerships able to apply for funding to help them progress the business cases for new stations and lines.

Holyrood To Debate Lack Of Readiness To Cope With Nuclear Accident

Mon 30 Apr, 2018

Scottish Ministers will this week come under pressure to agree to a review of emergency planning, as the Scottish Greens lead a Holyrood debate on convoys of nuclear weapons, warning that local councils and the Scottish Government are failing in their duties to protect the public from the risk of accidents.

Pedal on Parliament shows need for Safer Streets

Sat 28 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs say today's (28 Apr) Pedal on Parliament (PoP) events in Edinburgh and Inverness, expected to be attended by thousands of cyclists and walkers, will show the need for safer streets with lower speed limits, and investment in cycling and walking routes to prevent ill-health.

The party's MSPs are due to take part with Mark Ruskell cycling 50 miles from his home in Doune to join Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone at the PoP Edinburgh ride. Meanwhile John Finnie will attend the separate PoP ride in Inverness.

We welcome deal to save BiFab marine engineering yards in Fife and on Lewis

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (17 Apr) welcomed a deal to save the closure-threatened engineering firm BiFab, which employs hundreds of people at marine engineering yards at Methil and Burntisland in Fife and at Arnish on Lewis.

DF Barnes, a subsidiary of Canadian company JV Driver, is to acquire BiFab, with the Scottish Government taking a minority shareholding.

Mark Ruskell, Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said:

Ruskell steps up call for urgent action to tackle air pollution crisis

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (17 Apr) step up calls for urgent action to tackle the air pollution crisis in Scotland.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s debate in the Scottish Parliament in response to Holyrood's first ever inquiry into air pollution by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the Green MSP said it was clear that any efforts to improve the problem had so far been insufficient:

A chance to get Scotland’s rail potential back on track

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 13 Apr, 2018

"A catalyst for investment, enabling people to take up new opportunities." The words of Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, praising a recent study into the continuing impact of the Borders Railway, now in its third year of operation.

The Borders Railway Blueprint Group study found that the Edinburgh to Tweedbank line, which opened in September 2015, has provided jobs and investment opportunities. Travel on the line is increasing, and it has prevented an estimated 36,000 annual car journeys.

RUSKELL WELCOMES OECD SUPPORT FOR 20MPH

Fri 6 Apr, 2018

Mark Ruskell MSP, Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson, has welcomed the publication of a report, Speed and Crash Risk, by the International Transport Forum Group of the OECD which has called for 20 mph speed limits in built up areas where there is a mix of vulnerable road users and motor vehicles.