Scotland’s drug deaths hit record high

Fri 30 Jul, 2021

Following the publication of the drug death statistics for 2020, which show a record 1,339 drug related deaths occurred in Scotland, Scottish Greens health and social care spokesperson Gillian Mackay MSP said:

“Today’s tragic figures are yet another reminder of the devastating impact of drug misuse has on communities in Scotland. Every single one of these deaths is a preventable tragedy.

Scottish Greens call for more support for disabled children

Wed 28 Jul, 2021

Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to use this week’s pilot launch of the new Child Disability Payment (CDP) as an opportunity to improve the support on offer to the families of disabled children.

CDP replaces UK Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children in Scotland. It is being opened to new applicants on a pilot basis in three Local Authority areas in Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Na h-Eileanan Siar from this week. Later this year, applications will open nationwide and existing child DLA recipients will also be transferred over.

Scottish Greens free bus travel to commence in new year

Wed 28 Jul, 2021

Scotland’s young people will be able to travel for free on the bus from January, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

In a deal secured by the Scottish Greens in this year’s budget, anyone aged 21 or younger will be able to travel for free on the bus with a concessionary travel card from 31 January 2022.

The scheme had been delayed by COVID-19 and a shortage of silicone, vital in the manufacture of the concessionary cards.

MSPs urged to recognise Cambo contradicts climate goals

Thu 22 Jul, 2021

The Scottish Parliament is being challenged to recognise that the proposed Cambo oil field of the coast of Shetland would be incompatible with the UK and Scotland’s climate targets and international obligations.

A motion by Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell has been laid before parliament raising the International Energy Agency (IEA) report on achieving net-zero targets which advised nations to halt investment in new oil and gas fields.

Greens: vaccinate teenage workers

Wed 21 Jul, 2021

The Scottish Greens have called for 16 and 17-year old workers to be offered the vaccine to mitigate against the heightened risk they are being put under as workplaces reopen.

The call follows a letter from the Chief Medical to the JCVI, calling for guidance on vaccinating people over 12 to be reviewed. [1]

Current guidance says under 18s will not be offered the virus, apart from those with pre-existing conditions or who live with vulnerable people.

Commenting, Scottish Greens spokesperson for young people Ross Greer said:

Lorna Slater speaks at Cambo rally

Mon 19 Jul, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater has addressed the demonstration in Edinburgh against the proposed new oil field off the coast of Shetland.

The Lothians MSP joined activists outside the entrance to Edinburgh UK Government hub to protest against the Cambo oil field’s approval.

She raised burning waters in the Mexican peninsula, the scorching heat waves that have enveloped North America, and the flash floods in Edinburgh, as “symptomatic of a system that puts fossil fuel extraction and the maximisation of short-term profit above all else”.

Scottish Greens comment on proposed HIAL strike action

Thu 15 Jul, 2021

Responding to reports that HIAL air traffic controllers are to strike later this month, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP Ariane Burgess said:

“HIAL’s air traffic controllers play a vital role in allowing lifeline flights to service remote, rural and island communities throughout the Highlands and Islands.

“The unique role performed by these skilled workers hasn’t always been appreciated by Ministers in Edinburgh or officials sitting round a boardroom in Inverness. That needs to change.

Douglas Ross branded “morally indefensible” over aid cuts

Wed 14 Jul, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has branded Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross morally indefensible after the Moray MP and his entire group fell in line with Boris Johnson and voted to scrap billions from the international aid budget.

All Scottish Tory MPs, including Mr Ross, voted to slash aid expenditure to the world’s poorest, despite standing on a manifesto to protect the spending less than two years ago.

Greens call for cautious COVID approach

Mon 12 Jul, 2021

Ahead of the First Minister’s COVID statement on Tuesday, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said: “Scotland is still in the grip of the COVID-19 virus, with a high number of cases and pressure on our health services, so it is absolutely appropriate for parliament to be recalled.

Greens: Johnson's reckless COVID gamble requires mitigation

Thu 8 Jul, 2021

The Scottish Greens have urged the Scottish Government to make home working default for the rest of the year as one way to mitigate Boris Johnson’s dangerous policy to infect as many people as possible with COVID-19.

The UK Government has confirmed it will lift restrictions and safety measures like face coverings and social distancing in England, even though it has said it expects 100,000 people a day to catch the virus.