Fight Plastic Pollution With Coffee Cup Levy

Thu 21 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Greens today (21 Feb) urged Scottish Ministers to set a 25p-per-cup levy on disposable coffee cups to end the "scourge" of plastic pollution.

As part of the Green budget deal for 2019/20, ministers agreed to consider charging to reduce single use disposable drinks cups, with a commitment to bring forward legislation within the next year.

Budget vote confirms irrelevance of Labour and shallowness of Tories

Thu 21 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Greens say tonight's (21 Feb) final vote in parliament on the 2019-20 Scottish Budget will confirm the irrelevance of Labour and the shallowness of the Tories.

Green MSPs were the only group in parliament to engage seriously in the budget process, forcing changes to SNP spending plans.

Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Tue 19 Feb, 2019

Ahead of tonight's vote in parliament to agree the Scottish rates and bands of Income Tax, Scottish Green MSPs are setting out their stance, warning the government that it cannot afford to stall on action to reduce inequality and protect public services.

Park The Hysteria

John Finnie MSP Sat 16 Feb, 2019

Last month the Scottish Parliament voted for the £42.5billion Scottish Budget thanks to a deal between the Scottish Greens and the SNP. In previous years Greens have focused on securing funding for vital local services and this year we went much further.

Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 15 Feb, 2019

One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a fairer, more humane social security system than the UK system run by the UK Department for Work and Pensions whose punitive approach towards those who need help from the social security system has been well-documented.

Youth Strike 4 Climate - An open letter

Ross Greer MSP Fri 15 Feb, 2019

An open letter from Ross Greer MSP to Scotland's school leaders.

Railways should be run in the public interest

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 8 Feb, 2019

“The government believes, fundamentally, we have got to have an efficient public rail network that meets the needs of individuals within Scotland, that acts in the public interest, that delivers the services that members of the public are looking for.” So said the Deputy First Minister in answer to my questions yesterday, while he was standing in for the First Minister at FMQs.

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail

Thu 7 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (7 Feb) accused the Scottish Government of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail.

Challenging the Deputy First Minister at Question Time in Parliament, Mr Harvie pointed out the chaos caused by this morning's signalling failure in Glasgow.

Figures released earlier this week showed 2,691 ScotRail services were cancelled due to a lack of staff since April last year.

Recently there have been reports of overcrowding causing passengers to have panic attacks and faint.

Patrick said:

Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

Wed 6 Feb, 2019

The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas is supported by almost two-thirds of respondents to a Holyrood committee inquiry.

Today the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee began taking evidence on the Safer Streets bill proposed by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.

Safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will "align Scotland to best practice"

Tue 5 Feb, 2019

The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will end "a throwback to the 1930s" and "align Scotland to best practice across the world", according to campaigners.

Later this week (w/b 4 Feb) Holyrood's Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee will begin its inquiry into the Safer Streets bill proposed by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.