Scottish Greens pledge new deal for renters

Wed 31 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today pledge rent controls as part of a ‘new deal for renters’, to enshrine people’s right to a home.

The call comes after the pandemic exposed how private renting is often expensive and insecure.

Scottish Greens pledge to make the winter evictions ban a permanent feature after the pandemic, as they are in countries like France, strengthen the landlord registration process and establish a Private Rented Sector Regulator to oversee the sector, investigate tenants’ complaints and recommend future reforms.

Leaders debate: Slater brings fresh energy to TV debate

Wed 31 Mar, 2021

Scottish Green co-leader brought fresh energy to the first TV leaders debate of the 2021 election campaign.

Despite attempts by other leaders to stick to arguments around the timing of a referendum, Lorna Slater clearly laid out the impact Scottish Greens have had in the Scottish Parliament and our vision for Scotland's future as a fairer, greener, independent nation

Commenting on his fellow co-leader's performance on this evening’s leaders’ debate, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

Scottish Greens: Only nine years left to avert climate breakdown

Tue 30 Mar, 2021

Other parties are sleepwalking Scotland to climate breakdown, the Scottish Greens have said.

2020 was one of the warmest years on record, and without further urgent action global warming is on track to rise by more than double the target agreed in the Paris agreement.

Scottish Greens: place mental health at heart of services

Tue 30 Mar, 2021

Mental health should be at the heart of Scotland’s healthcare systems, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Greens manifesto will include proposals to allocate 10% of frontline health spend to mental health by 2026, invest an additional £161 million into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and expand access to remedies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Social Prescribing.

The party also want more focus on a preventative agenda.

Scottish Greens: Kindergarten can help tackle attainment gap

Mon 29 Mar, 2021

Scottish Green plans to move the age children start formal schooling to seven, and instead introduce a play-based kindergarten stage for the early years can have a vital role in reducing the attainment gap.

Studies show that all children younger than seven respond and develop better with play-based learning, while formal assessments in literacy and numeracy in the early years can put some children off learning. 

Scottish Greens will create 100,000 jobs

Sat 27 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Green Party’s manifesto will contain plans to create over 100,000 jobs to fuel a green recovery from the pandemic and tackle the climate emergency, the party will reveal today.

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater used her speech to party conference to announce plans to invest in renewable energy, public transport, retrofit homes to tackle fuel poverty and restoring nature.

2016-2021: End of Term Report

Scottish Greens Thu 25 Mar, 2021

Over the last five years the Green MSPs have worked constructively, delivering a real impact across Scotland. Here are some of our highlights.

Scottish Greens respond to Hamilton report

Mon 22 Mar, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“Unlike other political parties we’ve said all along that we would respect due process, we therefore welcome the publication of James Hamilton’s independent report. It retains credibility in this process, unlike the parliamentary committee which has repeatedly sabotaged its own authority and betrayed the trust of original complainers.

“Mr Hamilton has clearly concluded that the First Minister did not breach the ministerial code, so we will not support the vote of no confidence being pushed by the Tories.

New poll shows Scottish Greens set for record result

Sun 21 Mar, 2021

Commenting on the publication of a new Survation opinion poll, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said:

“Polling has consistently shown the Scottish Greens on course to return a record number of MSPs.

“It’s seems clear that the public appreciate the constructive approach to opposition we’ve adopted over the last five years, and throughout the pandemic, which has delivered so much for communities across Scotland.

Patrick Harvie: Salmond committee has descended into farce

Fri 19 Mar, 2021

A process which should have examined the Scottish Government’s failure to appropriately apply its sexual harassment complaints policy has been hijacked for political gain and descended into farce, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said today.

Mr Harvie spoke following yet more leaks from committee members, who have now clearly breached the MSP code of conduct themselves, ahead of the culmination of the years long inquiry process.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: