The Scottish Young Greens, the youth wing of the Scottish Green Party, will today (11 April) hold its biggest ever Annual General Meeting at which it will launch a youth manifesto for the General Election.

The Scottish Young Greens, aged 16 to 30, now number over 3,000 - bigger than the entire party membership before the independence referendum.

The "Green Surge" means the party is now almost 9,000 strong, and at this election it will field 31 candidates - a majority of Scotland's seats. Polling shows almost of a quarter of 18 to 34 year olds intend to vote for the Scottish Greens, with the Greens in 2nd place among students.

Along with key Scottish Green pledges such as a £10 minimum wage by 2020, publicly-owned railways and more powers for Scotland and local communities, the Scottish Young Greens are pledging:

-Opposition to any moves to reduce benefits available to young people under the age of 25.
-Removal of the punishing benefit sanctions regime.
-Abolition of the Bedroom Tax and Workfare.
-Halt the roll-out of Universal Credit to allow the Scottish Parliament to design a scheme that works with the new devolved social security powers.

Zara Kitson (29), Scottish Green MP candidate for Glasgow North-east, said:

"This is our biggest ever AGM and we're excited to launch a Scottish Green manifesto tailored for younger voters. 2015 could be the year that sparks a political transformation across the UK, and Young Greens are determined to play a part in that.

"Young people are tired of the same old business-as-usual politics. We are ready for change. This election is about voting for what you believe in."


Student voting survey results - greens 2nd favourite party