Ministers must pick up the pace on making homes warm and affordable

Wed 2 May, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs are urging ministers to pick up the pace on making homes warm and affordable, warning that today’s announcement of £54.5million is funding that had already been earmarked for tackling fuel poverty as part of this year’s budget deal.

During negotiations to improve the Scottish Government’s proposed budget, Green MSPs ensured fuel poverty funding was protected in real terms, with a total of £116m allocated for 2018-19.

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP said:

Wightman concerned as tourism agency fails to keep minutes of meetings with AirBnB

Wed 2 May, 2018

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP today (2 May) raised concerns about the Scottish Government’s tourism agency after Freedom of Information (FoI) requests revealed that VisitScotland did not keep minutes of meetings with controversial holiday accommodation provider AirBnB ahead of the recent launch of a collaborative partnership between the two organisations.

The rapid growth in short-term lets, such as many of those enabled by AirBnB, is depriving communities of badly-needed permanent housing.

Greens Point To Fresh Blow For SNP Education Bill

Mon 30 Apr, 2018

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (30 Apr) called on Education Secretary John Swinney to stop "blindly storming ahead" with unwanted changes to how schools are run, after yet another consultation showed widespread opposition and scepticism towards the proposals. 

Holyrood To Debate Lack Of Readiness To Cope With Nuclear Accident

Mon 30 Apr, 2018

Scottish Ministers will this week come under pressure to agree to a review of emergency planning, as the Scottish Greens lead a Holyrood debate on convoys of nuclear weapons, warning that local councils and the Scottish Government are failing in their duties to protect the public from the risk of accidents.

Pedal on Parliament shows need for Safer Streets

Sat 28 Apr, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs say today's (28 Apr) Pedal on Parliament (PoP) events in Edinburgh and Inverness, expected to be attended by thousands of cyclists and walkers, will show the need for safer streets with lower speed limits, and investment in cycling and walking routes to prevent ill-health.

The party's MSPs are due to take part with Mark Ruskell cycling 50 miles from his home in Doune to join Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone at the PoP Edinburgh ride. Meanwhile John Finnie will attend the separate PoP ride in Inverness.

We can’t yet abolish the monarchy ... but we can tackle poverty

John Finnie MSP Fri 27 Apr, 2018

My Green colleague Patrick Harvie got it spot on when he called out the excessive “fawning over privilege” by some politicians about the birth of William and Kate Windsor’s third child.

In case you missed it, Patrick’s amendment to a Tory motion, that was in awe of the royal couple and their new baby, received quite a bit of media attention. In it, Patrick rightly congratulated the parents of the thousands of children born in the UK on the same day while highlighting that 30% of the babies will be born into poverty.

Tory letter claiming warm welcome awaits Donald Trump is laughable says Harvie

Thu 26 Apr, 2018

Donald Trump should be met in Scotland with a level protest “not seen since the Iraq War”, Patrick Harvie has said in response to a letter from prominent Conservative and far-right groups urging the US President to travel to Scotland as an alternative to London for his state visit this summer.

Harvie challenges FM over Scot Gov contradictory stance on arms industry

Thu 26 Apr, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (26 Apr) challenged the First Minister over the Scottish Government's contradictory stance on the arms industry.

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.