Scottish Government dithering on DRS delay

Thu 30 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Government has been accused of ‘dithering’ after Scotland’s proposed deposit return scheme has been delayed by an unnecessarily long time.

Today’s virtual meeting of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee saw the DRS proposals delayed until at least 2022. It was first Scottish Parliament vote to be carried out remotely.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

Citizens climate assembly can lead recovery

Thu 30 Apr, 2020

Economic recovery should be shaped with the help of the Citizen’s Climate Assembly rather than be guided by requests from wealthy elites, the Scottish Greens have said.

Green MSPs secured a requirement to hold such an assembly as part of the Climate Bill last year, but implementation will be postponed as a result of the current crisis.

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s COVID Committee, called on Cabinet Secretary Mike Russell to confirm that the government would use the assembly in planning the economic recovery from the coronavirus.

Greens press Swinney on scientific transparency

Wed 29 Apr, 2020

Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to publish the advice provided by its scientific advisory group, which underpins its coronavirus strategy.

Questioning the Deputy First Minister at a digital Covid-19 committee session this afternoon, Greens MSP Ross Greer called on the government to publish the information. In response Mr Swinney said he would consider and discuss the request with other government ministers.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Scottish Greens respond to publication of NRS figures

Wed 29 Apr, 2020

Responding to the publication of National Record of Scotland figures showing that up until the 26th April 39% of deaths recorded have occurred in care homes, and 52% in hospitals, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Addiction services must be protected say Greens

Wed 29 Apr, 2020

Pharmacy provision of Opiate Substitute Treatments and needle exchange programmes have a vital role in protecting patients and communities and must be protected throughout the coronavirus crisis Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie has said.

Mr Finnie, co-convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s cross-party group on drug and alcohol misuse, has written to Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick backing calls from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to ensure Naloxone is available for all people who use drugs.

Councils must move quickly to create healthy communities

Tue 28 Apr, 2020

Responding to the Transport Secretary’s statement this afternoon, Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Scottish Greens have been calling on the Scottish Government to seize the opportunity by supporting local councils to help make our towns and cities healthier places, so I warmly welcome the package of support outlined today.

Action needed to make towns and cities healthier

Tue 28 Apr, 2020

The Transport Secretary Michael Matheson must lay out how he will take make Scotland’s towns and cities healthier when he delivers a statement to parliament this afternoon, claimed Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP.

The Highlands and Islands MSP highlighted the huge increase in walking and cycling being seen during the current lockdown and called on Mr Matheson to work with local authorities to immediately introduce temporary widening of pavements and the installation of temporary segregated cycle ways to make these healthier forms of travel safe and easy.

Big four supermarkets rated for coronavirus response

Mon 27 Apr, 2020

The Scottish Greens have rated the top four supermarkets for their response to the coronavirus crisis, with all four showing room for improvement.

Analysis from the Greens has marked the supermarkets on three essential factors needed to ensure a just food supply during the pandemic. These are:

•             Supporting the supply chain to ensure producers can keep supplying food

Scottish Greens respond to FM testing comments

Mon 27 Apr, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s comments at this afternoon’s Scottish Government daily briefing that, “we don’t know really for sure how reliable the testing is when people don’t have symptoms,” and comments from the Health Secretary that, “the key is to make sure that access to that testing is smooth and straightforward and with a purpose,” Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone said:

First Minister must explain how testing capacity will be used

Sun 26 Apr, 2020

Responding to comments by the First Minister on The Andrew Marr Show this morning that, “the challenge now is to make sure that [testing] capacity is being fully utilised,” Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“Scottish Greens have been calling on the Scottish Government to explain exactly how it will fully utilise its testing capacity for some time now.