It is past time for action on Council Tax

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 14 Dec, 2018

Derek Mackay has unveiled his tax and spending plans for next year. For a minority Government, that’s only half the story. He must now find a way of securing the consent of at least one other party for the budget to pass at Holyrood.

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’

Thu 13 Dec, 2018

Patrick Harvie has accused Derek Mackay of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’, warning at FMQs today (13 December) that the Scottish Greens will not enter budget negotiations unless the Government gives councils the tax powers they need.

Harvie criticises SNP Ministers over Budget inaction on local tax reform

Wed 12 Dec, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (12 Dec) criticised SNP Ministers for failing to use the publication of the draft 2019-20 Scottish Budget to act on the need for local tax reform and the climate crisis.

The Greens have been making the case for meaningful progress on the local tax reform agenda, to enable councils to raise more funds in a fair way to protect local services. The party has set out specific proposals on Council Tax, non-domestic rates and new ideas to broaden the local tax base.

Parliament agrees our call for fishing vessel trackers to stop illegal dredging

Tue 11 Dec, 2018

The Scottish Parliament tonight (11 Dec) agreed to a call from the Scottish Greens for tamper-proof fishing vessel trackers to clamp down on illegal activities such as scallop dredging.

Following this afternoon’s Sea Fisheries debate, MSPs voted by 62 to 31 to support the Green demand for robust vessel tracking and monitoring technology on all Scottish fishing boats.

Article 50 Ruling Points Clear Way Out Of Brexit Mess

Mon 10 Dec, 2018

The two Scottish Green MSPs who, together with SNP and Labour politicians, brought the case on whether the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 have welcomed today’s 'momentous' ruling of the European Court of Justice, saying it ‘points to a clear way out of the Brexit mess.’

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman said:

Warning to Scot Gov: Our test for entering budget talks has not yet been met

Sun 9 Dec, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (9 Dec) issued a warning to the Scottish Government that the party’s precondition for entering budget talks has not yet been met, with just days to go before the budget is published.

Patrick Harvie MSP has reminded the SNP’s Finance Secretary that the Greens are the only party ever to bring down a Scottish budget, having been unable to reach agreement after months of negotiation with Mr Mackay’s predecessor, John Swinney. 

We need climate leadership, not complacency

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 7 Dec, 2018

I’ve met many people living with the climate emergency. Families on the brink of losing homes to rising storms on Vatersay, Malawian villagers desperate for rain so they can grow food and Saami women who have seen their Arctic forests burning for the first time.

Our campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill

Thu 6 Dec, 2018

Greens have today (6 December 2018) launched a campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill.

Following the First Minister’s appearance at the international climate talks in Poland this week, where she said ‘it's important that we continue to raise our ambition’, Greens have called on her to commit to a target of zero emissions within the current Climate Bill. 

Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Thu 6 Dec, 2018

The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

Wed 5 Dec, 2018

Green MSP Ross Greer has challenged Education Secretary John Swinney to justify his Government’s long-running subsidy of around £1.2 million to the fee-paying St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, at a time when many councils are axing free music tuition in schools due to budget cuts passed down by the Scottish Government.