Rise in pedestrians killed on urban roads shows need for safer streets legislation

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Figures showing a rise in the number of pedestrians killed on urban roads underline the need for action on safer streets, according to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose member's bill aims to lower urban speed limits from 30 to 20mph.

In 2017 there were 26 pedestrians killed on built-up roads in Scotland, up from 23 in 2016.

There was also a 12 per cent increase in serious injuries to cyclists on built-up roads - an 18 per cent increase on the 04-08 average.

Ministers must change their approach to FOI to restore public confidence

Wed 13 Jun, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (13 June) urged Scottish Ministers to act swiftly after an investigation by the Information Commissioner found that ministers' handling of Freedom of Information requests is "inconsistent" and "not clear" about the role of political special advisers, and ministers take longer to respond to journalists than to other requests. 

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman said:

Ministers urged to begin detailed mapping of travellers’ sites

Tue 12 Jun, 2018

The mapping of stopping-off places will go a long way in improving the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers, a Green MSP has told government ministers at Holyrood.

Speaking in a government debate, John Finnie, the Green MSP for Highlands and Islands, says Scottish ministers should carry out mapping of traditional stopping off places, a move that will help prevent Gypsy/Travellers from feeling “ostracised from our cities, towns and villages”.

Mr Finnie, a champion of Gypsy/Travellers’ rights since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, said:

Action needed from government to reverse worrying trend of more cars on our roads, driving an increase in transport emissions

Tue 12 Jun, 2018

SNP Ministers "cannot be serious" if they think they are showing international leadership on climate change in light of the latest greenhouse gas emissions figures, according to Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.

Transport Bill is a missed opportunity says Finnie

Mon 11 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Government’s transport bill leaves a lot to be desired the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson has said.

Green MSP John Finnie says the bill is a “missed opportunity” in many areas of transport, particularly in improving rail services, where trains are not mentioned in the publication.

Mr Finnie, a Highlands and Islands MSP, said:

Why has the Scottish Government parked animal welfare and environmental issues?

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 8 Jun, 2018

HAPPY World Oceans Day. Well, maybe not happy. The UN says that eight million tonnes of plastic each year ends up in the ocean, wreaking havoc on wildlife and causing £5bn in damage to marine ecosystems each year.

Scot Gov needs to play catch-up on the worsening problem of empty homes

Wed 6 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Government needs to play catch-up on the worsening problem of empty homes and second homes if it is to tackle the housing crisis, according to Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.

Publishing a major new report on the issue, Mr Wightman reveals that over the last decade as homelessness has worsened, the proportion of empty homes in Scotland has risen, from 2.76 per cent to 3.05 per cent - a situation he describes as "incredulous".

Campaigners for an independent Scotland should take inspiration from New Zealand's new, progressive intentions

Mon 4 Jun, 2018

Campaigners for an independent Scotland should be wary of looking at New Zealand’s economic track record as a model to follow, and instead take inspiration from its new, progressive intentions, according to a New Zealand Green MP with Scottish connections.

Scotland, it's flattering you're looking at New Zealand but please look at our future, not our past

Gareth Hughes Mon 4 Jun, 2018

My mother recently returned from Scotland visiting where my grandmother was born and like many tourists brought back her clan tartan tie for me. Despite never visiting Scotland I wear it proudly in the New Zealand Parliament. There’s a connection between our countries that crosses oceans.

Harvie: Aviation tax cut fails to take off

Fri 1 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Government has announced that “is not possible” to introduce its proposed Air Departure Tax in time for the beginning of the next fiscal year, a move welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

In a written answer from the finance secretary, the government reveals that the new form of reduced Air Passenger Duty will not be in place before April 2019 because of a disagreement with the UK government on “the Highlands and Islands exemption issue”.