Greens slam government for backing arms companies

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens Rural Communities Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has slammed the Scottish Government after it failed to back proposals to prohibit the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency from funding munitions.

The SNP, Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems today voted against a Green amendment to prohibit the new agency investing in munitions.

Green MSPs have repeatedly raised concerns about Scotland’s enterprise agencies funding the arms industry, with grants to operators such as multinational Raytheon, who supply weapons used by Saudi Arabia on its war in Yemen.

Ruskell calls for Equalities Impact Assessment for Mossmorran

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Fife’s Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called on the Scottish Government to ensure an equalities impact assessment is included in any investigations into the Fife Ethylene Plant at Mossmorran, to take into account the experiences of people with autism who live around the plant.

SALMON: GREENS CALL FOR REVIEW OF EXISTING FARMS

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens have called for existing salmon farms to be reviewed under new regulations announced this week, which are designed to address the industry’s widespread environmental failures.

Fisheries Minister Fergus Ewing today updated the Scottish Parliament on the new regulatory framework adopted by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), but Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens environmental spokesperson, said new modelling to determine where it is safe to locate new sites should also be applied to existing fish farms. 

Transport Bill: Greens call for locally controlled bus services

Wed 5 Jun, 2019

Allowing local authorities to run bus services could transform public transport provision across the country according to the Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Scottish Parliament’s Connectivity Committee will begin debating stage two amendments to the Bill today (5 Jun) and Mr Finnie will move his proposal to empower councils to run services in their own areas.

GREENS ENCOURAGE FAMILIES TO APPLY FOR NEW SCHOOL GRANT

Mon 3 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Greens are encouraging all eligible families to apply for a new payment available to some families with children starting school, opening for applications today (3 Jun)

Families claiming low-income benefits can apply for the new Best Start GrantSchool-Age payment. This provides a one-off payment of £250 to help families with the cost of preparing for school around the time a child might start Primary 1.

Thousands of licenses issued to kill breeding hares 

Mon 3 Jun, 2019

A Scottish Government agency has licensed landowners to kill thousands of brown hares annually during the breeding season, according to figures revealed by Green MSP Alison Johnstone.

Information released by Scottish Natural Heritage shows a sharp rise in the number of brown hares licensed to be shot during the close season. Since 2012, SNH has granted licenses to kill around 7,000 brown hares across Scotland.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Six reasons why these MSPs got it wrong on Safer Streets

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 3 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee released today it’s Stage 1 Report on my Safer Streets Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit on streets where we live, work and play.

The report concluded that while 20mph brings a number of health, liveability, placemaking and active travel benefits, and has no negative impact on air pollution or journey times that they do not recommend the general principles of the bill.

Scots deserve a choice before any Brexit transition period is over

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 3 Jun, 2019

The outstanding success for the Green movement across Europe in last week's European elections is truly a cause for optimism.  Green parties finished second in Germany and Finland, made major breakthroughs in France and Ireland, polled 11% across the continent, and increased the Greens/EFA bloc in Brussels from 51 to 70 MEPs.

Finance statement shows Greens leading the change

Thu 30 May, 2019

The Scottish Government’s medium-term financial strategy once again highlights that the Scottish Greens are leading the change in Scotland according to the party’s parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

The Finance Secretary highlighted the fairer taxation model that is now in place as a result of Green influence in budget negotiations, making over £500m additional available for public services.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens call for rail expansion

Wed 29 May, 2019

Scottish Greens are calling on communities across Scotland to apply for new local rail funding to help tackle the climate emergency.