Most commercial holiday lets operating unlawfully, say Greens

Fri 10 Jul, 2020

Most commercial short-term holiday lets in Edinburgh are operating unlawfully, according to a survey undertaken by Scottish Greens Lothian MSP Andy Wightman.

The results of the homesfirst.scot survey, published in a report today, show that just one property out of the 477 surveyed had the appropriate planning consents, suggesting 99.8% of commercial short term lets in the capital could be operating unlawfully. 

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Every family must be able to access childcare 

Thu 9 Jul, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s statement this afternoon, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP called on the First Minister to ensure that every family has access to the childcare it needs. 

Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

“The announcement confirming the delayed rollout of 1140 hours of childcare came as a huge disappointment for parents. 

“For those using or seeking alternative childcare provision like childminders, restrictions on blended childcare are very challenging.

Patrick Harvie responds to Chancellor’s announcement 

Wed 8 Jul, 2020

Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s parliamentary announcement this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:  

“The Chancellor’s statement was big on rhetoric, but many of the announcements fall short of what’s needed.

“He said the Government was “not going to accept” unemployment and would “do all we can” to prevent it. Yet unlike other European countries which have extended their support for people’s incomes, he recommitted to the cliff-edge ending of the Job Retention Scheme in October.

Early years delay will come as a blow to parents, say Greens 

Wed 8 Jul, 2020

Responding to the announcement that the implementation of 1,140 hours of free childcare could be delayed for a year, until August 2021, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

“While it’s understandable that the coronavirus crisis has had an impact on the rollout of 1,140 hours of childcare, the news that its introduction could be delayed by a whole year will come as a blow to parents. 

Well-resourced welfare fund essential say Scottish Greens

Tue 7 Jul, 2020

Scottish Greens today called on the Scottish Government to ensure that emergency welfare support is adequately funded, as new data showed increased demand for support.

Holidaymakers urged to consider community safety

Fri 3 Jul, 2020

Holidaymakers have been urged to consider the safety of the communities they are visiting, as lockdown restrictions are eased across Scotland.

Commenting after the First Minister urged Scots to take holidays within Scotland, Scottish Greens rural economy and tourism spokesperson John Finnie said: “Small businesses across Scotland will welcome holidaymakers, but at the same time communities remain understandably concerned about the potential arrival of COVID-19.

£10m for theatres is only 'baby steps' to arts recovery

Fri 3 Jul, 2020

The Scottish Government’s £10m crisis fund for theatres and venues has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens, but much more will be needed to recover Scotland’s decimated culture sector.

Speaking ahead of a Scottish Greens live discussion with artists on the future of the sector, the party’s culture spokesperson Ross Greer said: “This funding is very welcome, but it will only buy venues more time, not prevent their closure entirely.

Scottish Greens welcome public health caution from FM

Thu 2 Jul, 2020

The First Minister’s cautious approach to easing lockdown has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

Among today’s announcements was the move to making face coverings mandatory in shops, which Scottish Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone called for on Monday.

There will also be a relaxation of the two-metre distancing rule for some hospitality businesses.

SQA confirm grades will be changed without consulting schools

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Qualifications Agency has admitted it will adjust student’s grades without consulting schools or publishing its methods, potentially failing pupils whose had been submitted a pass grade by their teacher.

In a letter to the Scottish parliament’s Education committee, SQA chief Fiona Roberston confirmed that the agency will moderate grades without any consultation with teachers, using a system which could see pupils marked up or down because of the past performances of their school, no matter how hard they have worked.

Boris Johnson's recovery plan is reckless and dangerous

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

Boris Johnson’s recovery plans represent a reckless and dangerous roll back on environmental protections and progress on tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Responding to Boris Johnson’s speech, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “This is the bleakest possible vision of a recovery from coronavirus, dressed up in the language of a green new deal.