Spread of Avian Flu demands urgent action, say Scottish Greens

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The spread of Avian Flu from birds to mammals demands urgent and decisive action, Scottish Greens rural affairs spokesperson Ariane Burgess MSP has warned. 

She has tabled a question at the Scottish Parliament asking for information on any impact of the outbreak on Scotland so far and what steps are being taken to address it.

She said:

“Avian Flu is very much on the march as it leaps from birds to animals. This could have catastrophic consequences for rural communities and beyond.

Scotland’s greenest budget delivers for people and planet

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The Scottish Government’s 2023/24 budget uses progressive taxation to deliver for people and planet, say the Scottish Greens. 

After the Scottish Parliament voted to support the Budget at Stage One, Scottish Greens economy spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP said:

“Despite the challenges caused by Westminster, this is Scotland’s greenest budget ever.

“Scrapping peak-time rail fares from September will save travellers hundreds of pounds and end what is simply a tax on commuters.

Tory interest rate failures will be devastating blow

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The Bank of England’s decision to increase interest rates to 4% will be a devastating blow to households and families all across Scotland, according to the Scottish Greens.

The Scottish Greens economy spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP, said:

“This will be yet another devastating blow to households and families who have already been hammered by years of Tory ineptitude and failures. 

Budget focuses on people and climate amid cost crisis

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The greenest Budget in Scottish Parliamentary history will tax the wealthiest in society to help those struggling most with the cost of living crisis, say the Scottish Greens. 

Increasing tax paid by the highest earners and on second homes is the fairest and fastest way to help pay for the likes of more free school meals, the scrapping of peak time rail fares and tackling fuel poverty, they said. 

‘Sickening’ Shell profits underline urgent need for shift to renewables

Thu 2 Feb, 2023

The sickening scale of oil and gas company profits underlines the urgent need to shift to renewables, say the Scottish Greens.

This comes as Shell has announced 2022 profits of $40 billion, reportedly a 115 year record.

The Scottish Greens energy and environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Many will be sickened and angry by the obscene level of profits reported by Shell and the other oil and gas giants, who have enriched themselves at the cost of our planet. 

Scottish Greens MSPs will not cross Parliament picket line

Wed 1 Feb, 2023

Scottish Green MSPs and staff will refuse to cross virtual or physical picket lines today, and will not be participating in any parliamentary business. 

Parliamentary staff will be among those taking action today as part of a nationwide strike. Scottish Green MSPs will join protests today to further demonstrate their support. 

Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman said:

IMF forecast proves Tories are no longer fit to lead

Tue 31 Jan, 2023

The latest IMF forecast showing that the UK will be the only G7 country to see its economy shrink proves the Tory government is incapable of running the economy, warn the Scottish Greens.

A national strike, cost of living crisis and multiple resignations over allegations of corruption, incompetence and scandal provides further evidence of their inability to lead. 

Scottish Greens economy spokesperson Maggie Chapman MSP said:

Only independence can undo the disaster of Brexit

Tue 31 Jan, 2023

Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster for Scotland and the only way to undo it is with independence, according to the Scottish Greens.

This comes on the third anniversary of Scotland being taken out of the EU. In that time Brexit has increased staff shortages in the NHS, social care, hospitality and other sectors, damaged Scottish businesses and ended the right for people in Scotland to live, work and travel across the continent.

The Scottish Greens Europe spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP, said:

Success of free travel for Under 22s driving force for more bus routes

Tue 31 Jan, 2023

The successful uptake in free bus travel, rolled out to Under 22 year-olds (U22s) in Scotland over the past year, can be the driving force for expanding local routes, say the Scottish Greens on the first anniversary of its launch. . 

The Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said the numbers of young people getting on board with greener bus travel is making an “irrefutable case” that there is sustainable demand for good, reliable local services. 

Scottish Greens call for human rights review of Scottish Government grants

Mon 30 Jan, 2023

Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson, Ross Greer MSP, has written to the Deputy First Minister to request an urgent review into how public grants are issued and whether this is compatible with the Scottish Government's opposition to trade with Russia. 

Mr Greer, who was sanctioned by the Kremlin last year over his support for Ukraine, has also lodged a Topical Question in Parliament ‘to ask the Scottish Government what action it and its agencies are taking to encourage businesses to boycott trade with Russia?