Scottish Greens call for clarity on COVID19 strategy

Thu 2 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to provide clarity on its COVID19 strategy.

In a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP highlighted a series of concerns around the testing of emergency workers, the supply of personal protective equipment and the procurement of ventilators, issues Ms Johnstone claims the government must address urgently.

Alison Johnstone: Fergus Ewing must answer for foxhunting intervention

Thu 2 Apr, 2020

Rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing must face scrutiny for why he intervened to allow fox hunts to take place on public land, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Ferret has reported documents released by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) which show the agency reversed a decision to keep foxhunts off its land near Inverness after “considerable” pressure from the minister.

Greens warn of evictions during lockdown

Thu 2 Apr, 2020

Tenants served eviction notices may be cast out during the coronavirus lockdown, after the SNP and Tories rejected proposals to strengthen an emergency eviction ban by Scottish Green housing spokesperson Andy Wightman.

The emergency legislation passed yesterday extends the notice to quit period so tenants issued with new eviction notices can remain in their homes for longer. However, at the end of the notice to quit period they will have to leave. There are also tenants who have already been issued legal eviction notices and may lose their homes in the midst of a global pandemic.

Scottish Greens secure muirburn ban during lockdown

Thu 2 Apr, 2020

The practice of burning moorland to prepare for recreational grouse shooting has been banned in Scotland during the coronavirus lockdown.

The move comes after landowners continued the practice despite warnings from emergency services and being told to stop by Scottish Land and Estates on March 25.  In England, one fire got out of control and spread into a one-mile long fire-front, leading to concerns over the pressure this practice can place on the emergency services. 

Scottish Greens comment on COP26 postponement

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Commenting on reports that the COP26 climate summit due to take place in Glasgow this November has been postponed until 2021, Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Following the disastrous conclusion to COP25 in Madrid there was real hope that COP26 in Glasgow could provide the breakthrough we need and set us on a transformative path for the next decade.

Wightman proposes moor burning ban during lockdown

Wed 1 Apr, 2020

The practice of burning moorland to prepare for recreational grouse shooting is continuing in Scotland, despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Witnesses have tweeted pictures of the practice continuing throughout Scotland, even after landowners were told to stop by Scottish Land and Estates on March 25. 

In England, one fire got out of control and spread into a one-mile long fire-front, leading to concerns over the pressure this practice can place on the emergency services. 

Scottish Government must test emergency workers

Wed 1 Apr, 2020

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP called on the Scottish Government to implement a testing regime for emergency workers to they are not forced to isolate unnecessarily.

Highlighting concerns raised by the FBU and the SPF, Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

Patrick Harvie: halted progress of new laws regrettable

Wed 1 Apr, 2020

Commenting on the suspension of the legislative programme announced today, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“Everyone will understand that neither the Government nor Parliament can carry on with business as usual in midst of the current crisis. However, it’s deeply regrettable that progress will be halted when it comes to the environment, people’s right to food, animal protections and not least the rights of trans people, for whom overdue legislative reform has been long promised by all parties.

Proposed FOI emergency law goes too far say Greens

Wed 1 Apr, 2020

Proposed changes to the way public bodies respond to freedom of information requests as part of emergency laws to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic go too far, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The party has confirmed it will seek to amend the legislation so that bodies cannot extend review periods, even after their deadlines to respond to requests has already been extended. If left unamended, this would result in a potential period of over 200 days before a public body needed to respond to a Freedom of Information request.

Scottish Greens attempt to strengthen evictions ban

Wed 1 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Greens will attempt to strengthen a ban on evictions, as well as seek checks and balances on Scotland’s emergency laws to ensure citizens’ rights are protected during the COVID-19 lockdown.

As parliament rushes through emergency legislation, Greens will lodge amendments to the proposed halt on evictions to further protect tenants. They will also seek clarification on how the lockdown will be enforced by police.