Wed 15 Jan, 2020

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a call from COSLA to protect funding for local services that promote wellbeing.

COSLA have warned a reduction in the local government settlement in this year’s budget would have an impact on the wellbeing of citizens.

Responding, Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone said: “COSLA are absolutely right to make this link between council funding and wellbeing. The Scottish Greens have always argued for a greater focus on prevention, and that means making sure local services are adequately funded.

“Thanks to our involvement in the Scottish budget in recent years we have stemmed the tide of SNP cuts in council funding and local authorities have been given more ways to raise funds, but the Scottish Government needs to go further to protect and grow the services which make us well, like libraries, parks and community activities.

“We also need to reach a point where we see social care differently, as a service fully integrated with the NHS. Despite the policy commitments, we’re still a long way from realising that.”

Get involved

More like this

Cruel cap on benefits must end

Fri 7 Feb, 2020

Scottish Greens have today called for the UK Government to end a controversial cap on benefits, as figures showed over 3,364 Scots families are having their social security entitlements cut.

Regardless of the needs of individual families, the Benefit Cap places an overall ceiling on the amount a household can receive in support from the UK Government. UK-wide figures show that the average loss is £51 a week.

The cap is particularly likely to hit households with children, with 93% of cases involving children, and 72% being single-parent households.

EU citizens are not alone: Scotland stands with you

Alison Johnstone MSP Wed 5 Feb, 2020

Like many others, I spent Friday grieving for what I knew Scotland was about to lose. I, like many others, attended a vigil held outside Scottish Parliament on Friday night, where we collectively mourned and stood in solidarity with our European friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. It was heartening to see so many rally together and deliver a clear message to our EU citizens: you are not alone. Scotland stands with you.

NHS Lothian must receive its fair share of funding

Tue 4 Feb, 2020

The Scottish Government must ensure that NHS Lothian, Scotland’s second largest health board, covering the highest growing area of the country, receives its fair share of NHS funding, according to Scottish Greens Health Spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP.

The Lothian MSP raised the matter in parliament this afternoon, noting that the board received £11.6 million less than it should have under the NRAC funding.[1]

Alison Johnstone MSP said: