Ending disability assessments is the highest priority for Scotland’s new social security system

Alison Johnstone MSP Wed 25 Apr, 2018

There’s no doubt the UK’s social security system makes a mockery of its name. It often undermines people’s security, leaving them dependent on charities to put food on the table, and it does not afford its users the dignity and respect we would hope for in a fair society.

This week, Scotland has a chance to take a different approach. The Scottish Government’s Social Security Bill, covering aspects of newly-devolved powers, is an opportunity to put dignity and respect at heart of how people are treated.

Greens continue to oppose EU Withdrawal Bill says Harvie

Tue 24 Apr, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener has responded to an update on negotiations on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill by saying that his party will continue to stand up for the Scottish Parliament by ensuring that Brexit is not used to undermine Holyrood’s powers.

Finnie raises major disruption to CalMac services with Minister for Transport and Islands

Tue 24 Apr, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Scottish Greens Transport and Islands spokesperson, this afternoon (24/04/2018) raised major disruption to CalMac services with the Minister for Transport and Islands at Topical Questions, following reports that serious disruption is expected on the network until the end of May. 

Mr Finnie revealed figures showing that there were 3,852 cancellations on Calmac services in the last five years, caused as a result of mechanical failure. 

Johnstone to improve Social Security Bill to end disruptive & stressful disability assessments

Mon 23 Apr, 2018

Green MSP Alison Johnstone will this week attempt to improve the Scottish Government’s Social Security Bill to end what she says is “serious disruption and stress to applicants’ lives” from unnecessary assessments for disability benefits.

Ahead of Wednesday’s final vote on the Bill, Alison Johnstone, social security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Working for a more just world can’t be done by saying “I wouldn’t start from here”

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 20 Apr, 2018

As the Commonwealth Games holds the attention of sports fans, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in London, there has been another round of speculation about the organisation’s future, and debate about its past. Is the Commonwealth merely a legacy of Empire, a reminder of the brutal crimes of Empire, or is it a mutually beneficial community of countries bound together by bonds of friendship?
 

Johnstone calls for devolution of powers to create safe facilities for drug users

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (19 Apr) call for powers to create safe facilities for drug users to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

This afternoon’s Holyrood debate on the issue comes after Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership’s plan for a safe drug consumption facility was blocked by the UK Government.

Scottish Ministers under pressure after FM's non-answer to Ross Greer over Prestwick role in Syrian airstrikes

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Scottish Ministers are under pressure to explain whether Scottish Government-owned Prestwick airport was used for the recent Syrian airstrikes, following Nicola Sturgeon's evasive non-answer to Green MSP Ross Greer at today's First Minister's Questions.

Scottish Greens previously raised concerns about US military use of the site, with party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP challenging the First Minister in February following revelations in the Guardian newspaper.

Wightman to champion under-persecution Golden Eagles

Thu 19 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman is the new Scottish Environment Link species champion for the Golden Eagle.

The Golden Eagle is Scotland’s most iconic bird of prey but, despite decades of legal protection in Scotland, continues to be the victim of illegal persecution. 

Don’t Bomb Syria – Then What?

Ross Greer MSP Thu 19 Apr, 2018

In recent days the UK Government, in consultation with the Trump administration and France but without asking the UK parliament, launched airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria. This was a mistake. Here’s why:

Further fall in ASN teachers amid increase in pupils - situation "completely unacceptable", says Greer

Wed 18 Apr, 2018

Analysis by the Scottish Greens has revealed that the number of specialist Additional Support Needs (ASN) teachers has fallen for the fifth year in a row, while the number of children with identified additional needs has increased by over 65,000 in the same period.

This has resulted in the ratio of young people with additional support needs to specialist ASN teachers trebling in just seven years, reaching the highest level since new laws came in to ensure support in 2010, a situation the Greens say is “completely unacceptable”.