Johnstone welcomes funding for councils to research Universal Basic Income

Thu 24 May, 2018

Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today (24 May) welcomed the award of £250,000 to 4 Local Authorities to conduct research into Universal Basic Income (UBI), a longstanding Scottish Green Party policy.

The Scottish Government’s Citizens Basic Income Feasibility Studies Fund will award the full amount to a joint bid from Local Authorities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire and Fife.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Harvie challenges Sturgeon over lack of zero carbon emissions target

Thu 24 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (24 May) used First Minister's Questions to challenge Nicola Sturgeon over her government's weak decision not to set a target of zero carbon emissions in the new Climate Change Bill.

The bill sets a target to reduce carbon emissions by 90 per cent by 2050, representing a slowdown in the current rate of action. Greens have previously called for a target of 100 per cent reduction by 2040 to keep pace, meet international climate science agreements and help create green jobs, warm homes and efficient public transport.

Ruskell slams SNP for “timid” decision not to set zero carbon target in new Climate Change Bill

Thu 24 May, 2018

Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (24 May) slammed the SNP Government for its “timid” decision not to set a target of zero carbon emissions in the new Climate Change Bill, warning that this failure will hamper the creation of green jobs, warm homes and efficient public transport.

Scottish Ministers agree with our call to extend voting franchise to refugees

Wed 23 May, 2018

Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (23 May) welcomed confirmation from Scottish Ministers that they agree with the Greens' call for new powers over who can vote in elections to be used to extend the franchise to refugees and asylum seekers living in Scotland.

 

Greer takes Deputy FM to task over crisis in Additional Support Needs in schools

Wed 23 May, 2018

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (23 May) took the Deputy First Minister to task over the crisis in Additional Support Needs in schools and the Scottish Government’s evasive response.

Data recently published by Mr Greer shows that since 2010 the number of specialist ASN teachers has fallen from one for every eighteen pupils to one for every fifty-five.

We’ve got our priorities royally wrong if we care more about the wedding in Windsor than real people’s lives

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 18 May, 2018

Couples starting out their lives together, whether married or not, often face tough financial decisions, over issues like where to call home. If you’re very observant you might have spotted an occasional mention in the media that there’s a wedding taking place in Winsdor this weekend. Let’s all hope that the happy couple won’t have to face a grilling from their bank manager anytime soon as they set up home together.

Ruskell comments on latest legal action over air pollution

Thu 17 May, 2018

"This is as much Scotland’s failure as the UK’s."

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP today (17 May) responded to the news that the European Commission is taking the British Government to court for breaching EU air quality rules.

The EU's environment commissioner says Britain has broken limits on levels of health-damaging nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and failed to provide "credible, effective and timely" plans to cut pollution.

Greer brands Scot Gov fair work scheme a joke in light of jobs cuts at STV

Thu 17 May, 2018

Ross Greer MSP, Culture & Media spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 May) branded a Scottish Government scheme aimed at promoting fair work practices a joke in light of the jobs cuts at STV.

The broadcaster is one of 450 signatories to the Scottish Government's Business Pledge scheme, which encourages the living wage, an end to zero hour contracts and creating opportunities for young people.

Financial Boost Awaits Pregnant Women Due To Green Scheme

Mon 14 May, 2018

New research reveals that an anti-poverty scheme championed by Scottish Green MSPs is set to boost the incomes of pregnant women and vulnerable families by over £9 million a year when it is rolled-out across Scotland.

Scotland can be a thriving, welcoming and internationalist country

Ross Greer MSP Fri 11 May, 2018

If it wasn’t obvious before, these last few weeks have shown just how rotten the UK government and its immigration systems in particular are for those unfortunate enough to experience them.

They have themselves made a far stronger case for devolving immigration & asylum powers to Scotland than we could ourselves, causing untold damage to families, communities and our national economy in the name of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policies and obsession with slashing the number of people coming to this country.