SNP block Wightman's bid to give communities same right as developers to appeal planning decisions

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (7 Nov) hit out at the SNP for blocking a bid to give communities the same right as developers to appeal planning decisions.

The campaign for equal right of appeal has the backing of dozens of community and environmental groups such as community councils, the RSPB and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Local Government and Communities Committee, SNP MSPs voted against amendments to the Planning Bill from Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP. 

Time to fast-track action on social care staffing with further rise in patients stuck in hospital

Tue 6 Nov, 2018

Scottish Ministers are being urged by the Scottish Greens to “fast-track action” on social care staffing, as new figures show a further rise in patients stuck in hospital - the vast majority of them waiting for social care. 

In September this year, 45,470 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed, up from 43,913 days in August and up from 42,110 days in September last year.

UK Gov cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed, says Johnstone

Tue 6 Nov, 2018

The UK Government's cuts to benefits target women and children, and must be reversed, according to Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP.

Speaking in this afternoon's Holyrood debate - Impact of UK Government Welfare Cuts and Universal Credit on Poverty - Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:

New Living Wage vital for economy & tackling inequality, says Harvie

Mon 5 Nov, 2018

The new Living Wage of £9 an hour is vital for supporting the economy and tackling inequality, according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP.

If we want to maintain Scotland’s reputation as a welcoming nation, we can’t just shake our fists at anti-immigrant Tories

Kim Long Fri 2 Nov, 2018

I had an unexpected Guiser this week - my wee neighbour, a bundle of giggles dressed as a Disney villain. She’d had a great time at her school Halloween party, and rattled off the copious amounts of sugar they had inhaled. Interspersed with this sweetie monologue, however, was her dad’s quiet news that they’d received a Home Office letter - their claim for asylum has been refused.

SNP Ministers detached from reality by failing to respond to climate warnings

Thu 1 Nov, 2018

SNP Ministers are "detached from reality" by failing to respond to the latest scientific warnings that we only have 12 years left to avert climate catastrophe, according to the Scottish Greens.

Migrant fund's five month delay challenged by Patrick Harvie

Thu 1 Nov, 2018

An emergency accommodation fund for destitute migrants, promised by the government in June, has yet to be delivered, Patrick Harvie has revealed.

The government had accepted the recommendations of its own Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group five months ago, however, Nicola Sturgeon was unable to provide an update on progress made to deliver funding for short term emergency accommodation for destitute migrants not entitled to statutory homelessness assistance.

The Scottish Government should mark Armistice Day by cutting all ties with the arms industry

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 31 Oct, 2018

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Greens’ co-convener, explains why he wears the white poppy and issues a challenge to the Scottish Government and the Royal British Legion to end their relationship with weapons manufacturers.

As we approach the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I want to say something not only about why I choose to wear a white poppy and what this means, but also about what we would lose if remembrance ceases to be a shared moment between people whose values are different.

SNP & Tories should be ashamed, after blocking Andy Wightman's bid to control bulldozed hilltracks

Wed 31 Oct, 2018

SNP and Tories MSPs should “be ashamed”, after blocking a bid by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman to impose tougher controls on landowners who scar hillsides by bulldozing tracks for deer stalking and grouse shooting.

At today’s meeting of Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee, SNP and Tory MSPs voted down Mr Wightman’s amendment to the Planning Bill, which would have required landowners to seek planning permission for tracks on land used for stalking and shooting, and on land in National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Scenic Areas.

Greer urges action as bursary support for students falls 27.3% since 2008/9

Tue 30 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Greens are urging Scottish Ministers to take action after statistics published today (30 Oct) show that bursary support for students is down 27.3% since 2008/9.