Greens call for transparency on self isolation support

Thu 4 Feb, 2021

Numbers of people receiving practical support to safely self-isolate should be published to measure the effectiveness of the test and trace system, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell raised the issue at Holyrood’s COVID committee after MSPs rejected Green calls to make practical support universal in a vote yesterday.

Speaking afterwards, Mark Ruskell said: “The Scottish Government must ensure practical support for people to self-isolate is reaching people who need it when so many barriers remain.

SNP and Tory MSPs block Trump wealth order

Thu 4 Feb, 2021

SNP and Conservative MSPs have joined forces to block a call for the Scottish Government to seek an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) on Donald Trump’s golf courses in Scotland.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie brought the issue to Holyrood after legal advice [1] showed that it was in the power of the First Minister and her cabinet to pursue a UWO, also known as a ‘McMafia’ order.

However, Justice Secretary Huma Yousaf repeated the Scottish Government’s line that the decision should be left to the Crown Office.

The motion was defeated by SNP and Tory MSPs.

Parliament votes down Green universal self isolation support

Wed 3 Feb, 2021

Scottish Green proposals for universal support for people to self-isolate have been voted down by the SNP and Tory MSPs.

Despite being a vital part of attempts to drive down transmission of coronavirus, compliance in self-isolation remains worryingly low.

Proposals from the Scottish Greens included universal support in the form of tailored ‘supported isolation packages’ that would include financial and practical support such as accommodation, food, and any other essential services that may be required to allow self-isolate.

Scottish Greens welcome care service report

Wed 3 Feb, 2021

A report calling for a National Care Service has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

An expert review on adult social care led by Derek Feeley has backed calls for a publicly-owned social care service.

Responding, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the failings of social care services in Scotland. For too long there has been a gap between policy intent and services, and staff undervalued for the vital work they do in looking after our most vulnerable citizens.

Greens: Vaccinations must be part of schools return

Wed 3 Feb, 2021

The reopening of schools must work alongside the vaccination programme to ensure teachers are safe, the Scottish Greens have said.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie called for an assurance that vulnerable teachers do not go back to school before they are vaccinated.

This follows Green calls for better protection for teachers who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

Greens: Vaccinate special school staff

Wed 3 Feb, 2021

Staff working at special schools in Scotland should be prioritised for COVID vaccination alongside health and care staff, the Scottish Greens have said. This comes after the announcement that some special school staff in Northern Ireland will be prioritised.

Education secretary John Swinney last week indicated that consideration was being given to the prioritisation of special school staff but that no decision had yet been made.

Greens bring self-isolation support to Holyrood vote

Wed 3 Feb, 2021

The Scottish Parliament will today debate and vote on providing universal support for people to self-isolate safely in order to drive down transmission of COVID-19.

A motion brought by the Scottish Green Party calls for action, after recent research by University College London shows compliance with self-isolation remains low, suggesting that over half asked to self-isolate didn’t do it for the recommended number of days or were not isolating at all. 

This comes amid concerns that the new South African strain of the virus has reached the UK. 

Schools testing delivers on Scottish Greens call

Tue 2 Feb, 2021

The return of pupils to school from this month will be underpinned by regular testing of staff and senior pupils, it has been announced, which was part of a package of measures proposed by the Scottish Greens.

Announcing a return of nursery and junior pupils from the 22 February, followed by senior phase pupils who need to attend for practical courses, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said staff and senior pupils would be offered twice weekly at-home testing.

She also announced payments to people self-isolating would be widened, another call from the Scottish Greens.

Greens to bring vote on Trump wealth order

Mon 1 Feb, 2021

The Scottish Greens will bring an opposition debate – and vote – to parliament on Wednesday calling on the Scottish Government to seek an unexplained wealth order in relation to Donald Trump’s acquisition of golf courses.

Railway experts welcome Scottish Greens rail vision

Sun 31 Jan, 2021

Rail experts have welcomed a £22bn Scottish Greens vision to upgrade Scotland’s railways, declaring it “bold and technically literate” and “genuinely aspirational”.

The Rail for All report, which was launched this month by the Scottish Greens, includes proposals for a new tunnel under the Forth between Leith and Fife which would free up the network for electrification. It would see new rural stations open up across the country and faster links between cities.