New research shows need for transport transformation

Wed 4 Dec, 2019

New research by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), published today, shows a staggering increase in the cost of public transport in the last 20 years, while the cost of motoring has plummeted by a quarter in the same time period.  

The research shows that while the cost of motoring has fallen by 24%, rail fares have increased by 38%, and bus fares have rocketed by 80%. The proportion of distance travelled by bike in the period is unchanged, but that the proportion of journeys made by foot it down. 

Greens respond to Calmac legal action

Wed 4 Dec, 2019

Responding to reports that Calmac has raised legal proceedings against the Scottish Government over the awarding of the contract from the Northern Isles Ferry Services, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:

UCU strike reveals SNP poor record on industrial relations

Wed 27 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Government’s response to the UCU strike has revealed its poor record at industrial relations, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green education spokesperson Ross Greer today called on universities minister Richard Lochhead to respond to the strikes, who described them as “unwelcome”.

Scottish Greens call for new rail lines

Wed 27 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens have called for the reopening of a rail link between Dunfermline and Alloa, which would connect Scotland’s ancient capital to Glasgow and the west for the first time since the 1950s.

Following the recent announcement of the reopening of the Levenmouth rail link, the party is pushing for other lines and stations across Scotland to be reopened, to boost low carbon choices for passengers and freight.

Tackling inequality tackles the climate emergency

Tue 26 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens have pledged to rebalance inequalities to tackle the climate emergency in the party’s manifesto.

This will include laws to limit pay inequality, including the introduction of a pay ratio. This would see a 10 to 1 pay ratio introduced in the public sector, and a commitment to phase it in for private sector firms too.

This would take the form of a legally-binding Corporate Governance Code, limiting the total amount paid to CEOs relative the pay to a fixed multiple of ten times that of their average employee.

Scottish Green manifesto to transform economy launched

Tue 26 Nov, 2019

Taking action to tackle the climate emergency and build a fairer and more sustainable economy is central to the Scottish Green manifesto.

The document builds on the recent Scottish Green New Deal publications, which show the radical action needed to limit carbon emissions while protecting jobs and building a sustainable future.

Tax on polluting SUVs would protect public health and planet

Thu 21 Nov, 2019

Heavily polluting cars such as ‘sport utility vehicles’(SUVs) should be taxed more to stem the growth in air pollution, according to the Scottish Greens.

The party proposes to double the first-year vehicle excise duty (VED) on all vehicles producing over 111g of CO2 per kilometre.

This would mean a new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque would be taxed £1,060 in the first year instead of £530.

John Finnie: Scottish Government must seek section 30 order

Wed 20 Nov, 2019

Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to seek an order under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998, to allow Ministers to fully incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.

Mr Finnie, who recently steered the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill through parliament, made the call in response to a statement from Education Secretary John Swinney this afternoon.

Although most measures contained within the convention are devolved a number, including military recruitment, are reserved.

Westminster must change gear on poverty

Tue 19 Nov, 2019

Rising levels of poverty and inequality show the need for change in the way the UK is governed, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the publication of the general election manifesto from the Poverty Alliance, which reveals how policies at Westminster drove inequalities which has left Scotland with over a million Scots in poverty, 240,000 of them children.