Budget deal makes millions available to councils & paves way for bold reforms

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 1 Feb, 2019

Since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, I have sought to work constructively with all MSPs from all parties to effect legislative, budgetary and policy changes that will benefit Scotland and my constituents.

There is no more important annual event than the budget which provides the funds and raises the revenues needed to support the public services that everyone relies upon including education, healthcare, transport, housing and the environment.

Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Thu 31 Jan, 2019

The Scottish Greens this afternoon (31 Jan) confirmed agreement has been reached with Scottish Ministers on a significant package of immediate budget changes and bold long-terms reforms to boost the funding of local council services such as schools and social care.

Ahead of tonight's Stage One vote on the Budget, ministers are promising that in return for Green support they will amend their spending plans. Compared with the plans set out in the SNP’s budget in December, local councils will have access to a package worth over £200million to spend as they see fit.

7 things the Green Budget Deal will deliver

Scottish Greens Thu 31 Jan, 2019

We’ve secured an agreement with the Scottish Government on the budget for 2019-20. This includes giving councils up to £282m more to spend on providing local services, meaning that over the last 3 years Scottish Greens have secured over £500m for local services. But this year, we’ve gone further and secured radical changes that would provide local government with greater flexibility, certainty and autonomy for the years ahead.

Here’s 7 things the Green budget deal will deliver:

Johnstone wins on Health and Care Staffing amendments

Tue 29 Jan, 2019

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today (29 Jan) won support for her amendments to the government's Health and Care Staffing Bill.

Alison's amendments give senior charge nurses time to fulfil their clinical leadership role, give staff time for continuing professional development, and place a duty on Scottish Ministers to ensure enough student places to support the workforce.

Wightman urges residents to check legality of holiday home key boxes

Tue 29 Jan, 2019

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP, whose Homes First campaign aims to better regulate the short-term letting industry, today (29 Jan) urged residents in affected areas to check the legality of key boxes that are spreading like wildfire.

In the last year the number of entire houses or flats being let out for short-term rent in Edinburgh has rocketed from 5,474 to 7,366

Lothian MSP Andy Wightman said:

Greens cannot support budget due to SNP stubbornness on council funding

Sun 27 Jan, 2019

Patrick Harvie MSP today (27 Jan) warned that as things stand the Green group of MSPs cannot support the government’s proposed budget at the Stage One vote in Parliament on Thursday (31 Jan), due to SNP Ministers’ “stubbornness” on council funding.

Over the last two years, constructive pressure from the Scottish Greens has resulted in the government cancelling over £300million of planned cuts to council budgets. The 2019/20 budget contains fresh proposed cuts, with councils across Scotland warning of dire consequences.

With bolder action on climate change, Scotland can lead the way & inspire others

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 25 Jan, 2019

The world’s “elite” gathered in Davos this week for the World Economic Forum, with environmental challenges, including a failure to mitigate climate change at the top of their list of dangers facing the global economy.

Without a hint of irony politicians, economists and an assortment of other very rich people arrived at the Swiss ski resort carried by a flock of about 1,500 private jets.

Up-to-date Personal & Social Education welcomed by Ross Greer

Wed 23 Jan, 2019

The Scottish Greens today (23 Jan) hailed the prospect of up-to-date Personal & Social Education (PSE) being rolled out in Scottish schools following a long-running campaign by education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

Ross Greer MSP Fri 18 Jan, 2019

In 70 days the Article 50 negotiation period will expire and unless something changes, the UK will leave the European Union, with or without a deal. What happens in the next seventy days is anyone’s guess but it is sure to be the greatest crisis of the British state in modern history.

Chaos reigns supreme at Westminster. In the largest ever defeat of a British government, the Tory deal negotiated over the last two years has been blown off the table.

Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

Thu 17 Jan, 2019

Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has said that a timetable for a Scottish independence vote is now essential, even if the Prime Minister agrees to extend the Article 50 deadline.

Harvie used his slot at FMQs today (17 Jan 2019) to restate the Greens’ support for a People’s Vote to remain in the EU, as well as backing the First Minister’s pledge to say more on the timing of an independence vote in the coming weeks.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: