Johnson’s recklessness putting lives at risks 

Sun 24 May, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments at this evening’s press conference, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Greens responds to social care death in service announcement

Sat 23 May, 2020

Responding to the news that the Scottish Government is to introduce a £60,000 payment to the named survivor of any social care worker who dies if they don’t have any death in service plans of their own, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said:

SQA secrets 'a recipe for disaster'

Fri 22 May, 2020

SQA plans to publish methodology behind this year’s awards moderation on the day results come out is a ‘recipe for disaster’, the Scottish Greens have said.

Return to school must be safe and fair

Fri 22 May, 2020

The phased return to school must be done safely and to ensure fairness to those in challenging circumstances, the Scottish Greens have said.

Responding to the publication of the roadmap to easing lockdown, which aims for an August return for schools on a part home-working basis, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Lockdown routemap must be backed with robust TTI, say Greens

Fri 22 May, 2020

Scotland’s lockdown routemap must be backed with robust testing and tracing, the Scottish Greens have said.

Responding to the Scottish Government’s routemap for leaving lockdown, Scottish Greens health spokesperson and parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone said: “I share the First Minister’s reaction to the images of Portobello beach yesterday. It is clear lockdown will be increasingly hard to maintain, so I welcome the clarity provided by today’s route map.

Green gains in the COVID emergency laws

Scottish Greens Fri 22 May, 2020

This week the Scottish Parliament passed the second emergency Covid-19 Bill, and yet again it was the Scottish Green MSPs who had the biggest impact. Here’s what we won:

1. No COVID bailouts for tax dodgers.

Scottish Greens win ban on bailouts for tax avoiders

Wed 20 May, 2020

Scotland will not give taxpayer-funded Covid-19 bailouts to companies registered in tax havens, thanks to the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie pushed for the changes to emergency laws after several big businesses lobbied for bailouts despite paying very little tax. They are expected to pass later.

Countries across Europe including Denmark, France and Poland have already agreed that companies registered in tax havens will not receive taxpayer-funded Covid-19 bailouts.

Around 7,000 signed a petition by the party backing the move.

SNP miss opportunity to build on cycling boom

Tue 19 May, 2020

The Scottish Government has failed to capitalise on the growth in cycling and walking, rejecting Scottish Green proposals to embed new temporary measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists for two years.

Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell proposed amendments to emergency laws which would have seen the reallocation of road space by councils to allow increasing numbers of people walking and cycling to keep to safe social distancing continue for two years.

Greens secure information win 

Tue 19 May, 2020

Speaking after his amendments to restore freedom of information access were passed this afternoon, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said: 

“I'm grateful that my amendments were passed unanimously, ensuring that the public, journalists and elected representatives have access to as much information as possible during this crisis. Confidence in government is critical right now but it depends on transparency.