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?

Scottish Greens back striking workers over day of action

Mon 30 Jan, 2023

Scottish Greens say the rights of workers to strike must be defended against the UK’s slide towards authoritarianism, and have called on trade unions to “stand tall together” against the Tory government next week. 

They warned draconian laws targeted at strike busting being introduced at Westminster were a further erosion of democracy under the Tories, and are part of a sustained attack on workers’ and human rights. 

The Scottish Greens have pledged they will stand in solidarity with striking workers for Wednesday’s national day of action. 

Zahawi sacking raises big questions about PM judgement

Sun 29 Jan, 2023

The sacking of Nadhim Zahawi raises big questions for the Prime Minister, say the Scottish Greens. The Party has said that the Tories’ revolving door of scandal, borderline corruption and incompetence is spinning out of control.

The Scottish Greens economy spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP said:

“It is good that Zahawi has gone, but this isn't just about him. It's also about the judgement of the Prime Minister, who clearly has serious questions to answer over this whole affair.

Action on second homes can start to redress housing inequality

Sat 28 Jan, 2023

A recent increase in a tax known as Additional Dwelling Supplement can help to tackle inequality in housing, address the hoarding of properties by big landlords and reduce the damage caused by holiday homes, say the Scottish Greens.

It comes as Scottish Government statistics confirm that the number of second homes in Scotland increased by 2% (397 homes) from 23,890 to 24,287 in the period between September 2021 and September 2022. There are also 42,865 properties that have been empty for six months or more.

Fire-fighter Barry Martin | Statement

Fri 27 Jan, 2023

Following the tragic death of fire-fighter Barry Martin, Scottish Greens MSP Maggie Chapman said:

“There are no words adequate to fully express the sadness, shock and emotion that so many must be feeling at this terrible news. 

“The bravery and professionalism of the fire service and other first responders in keeping us safe by putting themselves in harm’s way is a debt we can never repay.

Prime Minister must explain if he was innocent or careless over Zahawi

Thu 26 Jan, 2023

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak must sack Nadhim Zahawi immediately and explain if he was innocent or careless in appointing the former Chancellor, fined for tax anomalies, the Scottish Greens says.

Party economy spokesperson Maggie Chapman MSP said Zahawi being given a role in Sunak’s cabinet was greeted with surprise at the time, but was now genuinely concerning, and left more questions than answers.

The head of HM Revenue and Customs, James Harra, has suggested that the millionaire Tory Chairman did not make an “innocent error” in his taxes.

Home Office must scrap rule that leaves migrant communities at risk of homelessness

Thu 26 Jan, 2023

It is time to scrap the repressive and racist ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ policy which is forcing vulnerable people into destitution, say the Scottish Greens.

No Recourse to Public Funds (NPRF) is a condition attached to work, family and study visas which restricts access to a lot of aspects of social security, including Universal Credit and child benefit and a range of other support like homelessness assistance.