SQA fails MSP questions test on grading plans

Fri 1 May, 2020

The SQA has confirmed a system to replace this year’s exams which is ‘profoundly unfair, statistically flawed and will only widen the gap between students from the richest poorest backgrounds’, according to the Scottish Greens.

The exam body’s chief executive Fiona Robertson appeared before MSPs of the Scottish Parliament’s education committee, and confirmed, contrary to claims made by Education Secretary John Swinney, that pupils’ grades could be altered up or down by SQA moderators based on previous exam results at their school.

Testing expansion must include routine tests for staff

Fri 1 May, 2020

The Scottish Government’s testing strategy has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens, but it falls short of promising the routine testing required, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone has said.

Greens call on Scottish Government to join EU procurement scheme

Fri 1 May, 2020

The Scottish Government should approach the EU directly with a view to Scotland participating in future PPE procurement rounds, according to Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

First Minister must commit to testing care home workers

Thu 30 Apr, 2020

Following the First Minister’s refusal to commit to regular testing for social care workers and health staff at today's daily briefing, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“The evidence shows clearly that the regular testing of care workers and hospital staff will help detect cases early, reduce the spread of the virus and give those workers the protection they deserve.

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.