UK approach to International travel risky, warn Greens

Tue 28 Sep, 2021

The Scottish Greens have urged caution after the need for PCR testing is no longer required for double vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list countries.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the position was taken after it became clear the UK Government lifting restrictions would have an impact in Scotland too.

In her statement, the First Minister said: “We are making these changes to the travel testing rules with some reluctance. We do have a concern that the removal of testing requirements could hamper our efforts to detect new variants.”

Greens: New nuclear plans show need for independence

Mon 27 Sep, 2021

Reports that the UK government is planning for a new generation of nuclear reactors show the need for Scotland to have full control over energy policy, according to the Scottish Greens.

Fight for the planet: Greens applaud climate strikers

Fri 24 Sep, 2021

The Scottish Greens have encouraged young people to 'fight like hell for the planet' at today's global climate strike rallies.

Scottish Green MSPs attended strikes across the country, with Maggie Chapman speaking in Edinburgh and Ross Greer in Glasgow. Gillian Mackay attended a protest in East Kilbride, Ariane Burgess in Forres and Mark Ruskell was in St Andrews.

Major shift on aviation from Scottish Government

Thu 23 Sep, 2021

The Scottish Government has made a major shift on policy towards aviation by accepting recommendations of its new independent report ‘Decarbonising Scottish Transport’.

In a statement to MSPs, Transport minister Graeme Dey said: “Without a reduction in aviation demand, the transport sector will not be able to achieve its emissions envelope for 2030.”

This is the first time the Scottish Government has recognised the need for a reduction in aviation demand, and a clear sign of influence of the Scottish Greens in government.

Scottish Greens welcome new guidance on Class A drugs

Thu 23 Sep, 2021

Scottish Greens have warmly welcomed new guidance from the Lord Advocate which means police can issue recorded warnings for possession of Class A drugs instead of it automatically leading to arrest.

In a statement to parliament, Dorothy Bain QC said that Recorded Police Warning guidelines, normally confidential, will now apply to all drugs.

Greens: Scotrail must listen to workers and passengers

Wed 22 Sep, 2021

The Scottish Greens have called for Abellio Scotrail to move quickly to resolve the industrial dispute which has disrupted Scotland’s railways and to engage better with passengers when it comes to timetabling.

Abellio’s contract ends in March next year, after which Scotrail will come into public ownership.

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The rail unions are right when they say Abellio’s tenure has been chaotic, so it’s vital the company does not spend the next six months running down services and ignoring workers and passengers.

Greens £1.8bn buildings pledge crucial as gas prices surge

Tue 21 Sep, 2021

Plans to invest at least £1.8bn in net zero buildings in Scotland are set to be approved today at a time when gas prices are surging, threatening to push many more families across Scotland fuel poverty. A quarter of households in Scotland are already considered to be in fuel poverty.

The Scottish Government debate on a net zero Scotland comes as Charity Energy Action Scotland has warned that ‘skyrocketing’ gas prices will lead to more families being forced to choose between heating and eating this winter.

Greens: exam appeals system must not embed inequality

Thu 16 Sep, 2021

The system of appealing exams should not give those at wealthy private schools an unfair advantage, the Scottish Greens have said.

At FMQS Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer raised the issue after exams body the SQA published plans for next year’s assessments, which suggested direct appeals would remain in place if exams were again disrupted by COVID. 

The pre-COVID system of appeals saw schools charged a fee by the SQA if they wished for a pupil’s exam paper to be remarked. This led to private schools appealing grades far more than state schools. 

Greens: Cruel Universal Credit cut piles misery on misery

Wed 15 Sep, 2021

The UK Government is piling misery on those struggling with its cruel cut to Universal Credit, the Scottish Greens have said.

The £20 cut in benefits comes after the Prime Minister forced through a regressive rise in National Insurance contributions which will hit those on low wages hardest.

Polling analysis puts Scottish Greens on record high

Wed 15 Sep, 2021

Analysis of Holyrood polling shows the Scottish Greens on record high popularity following the cooperation agreement with the Scottish Government.

Polling research site Ballot Box Scotland has analysed stats from the Holyrood polling figures in the latest ComRes polling for the Scotsman, which put the Scottish Greens on 13 per cent for the regional list vote.

The analysis suggests this would elect a record 13 Scottish Green MSPs if an election were held today, up from the 8 seats the Greens secured in May.