Support needed for early release prisoners

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Any prisoners released as part of emergency coronavirus measures must get full support to reintegrate into society, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Green justice spokesperson John Finnie welcomed the announcement that some prisoners are set to be released early as part of emergency coronavirus measures.

Economic recovery must reflect a new normal

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis needs a determination not to repeat past mistakes, the Scottish Greens have said

The comments come after Scotland’s chief economist described the ongoing pandemic as an ‘economic crisis’ in his report.

At First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie raised the fact that Nicola Sturgeon has already acknowledged there can be no return to normal and that any recovery must build a “fairer, greener and more equal society”.

SQA grades plan provides more questions than answers

Tue 21 Apr, 2020

Plans announced today by the SQA for issuing qualifications in the absence of this year’s exams provide ‘more questions than answers’, according to the Scottish Greens.

The statement from the exams authority instructs teachers not only to provide estimate grades for their students but to also rank the students in their class by ability, to ‘help SQA make differentiated adjustments where appropriate to the estimates for the benefit of candidates’.

Scottish Greens comment on attainment stats

Mon 20 Apr, 2020

Commenting on statistics published in The Times newspaper that reveal a correlation between wealthier postcodes and pupils leaving school with far more Higher qualifications, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

Lockdown exit strategy must be prepared

Thu 16 Apr, 2020

Although lockdown must continue for the time being, the Scottish Government should begin to prepare an exit strategy for lifting restrictions safely in the future, the Scottish Greens have said.

Lockdown and social isolating is likely to last for several more weeks, and experts have told the Scottish Greens that Scotland will only be able to start to lift restrictions safely if it has the capacity in place to test, trace and isolate those with symptoms and people they have been in contact with.

True Covid death figures reveal need for more support for care homes

Wed 15 Apr, 2020

The scale of deaths from Covid-19 revealed by NRS figures released today show the need for more support for care homes, the Scottish Greens have said.

Official daily figures have only included deaths from those who had been tested positive for the coronavirus, but the new NRS count includes those who have died with symptoms of the disease.

NRS Stats show as of 12th April 962 deaths have been registered in Scotland where COVID-19 was mentioned in the death certificate. Only 615 of those were tested, according to the Scottish Government tally.

Sky Lantern plans should be shelved warn Greens

Wed 15 Apr, 2020

Plans to launch sky lanterns this weekend should be shelved for health and safety reasons, the Scottish Greens have said.

Cycling boost shows need for speed limit review

Wed 15 Apr, 2020

The increase in cycling in Scotland’s streets shows the need for the Scottish Government to review speed limits during the Coronavirus lockdown, according to Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell.

Mental health and PPE concerns: Scottish Greens response to daily briefing

Tue 14 Apr, 2020

A renewed focus on mental health and wellbeing at the First Minister’s briefing has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

The party’s health spokesperson Alison Johnstone said: “The current situation has placed many people into isolation and financial troubles, so it is welcome to hear the First Minister put her focus onto mental health. The extra funding for mental health crisis services and an online digital resource to support children online is particularly welcome.

Scottish Greens welcome relaunch of domestic abuse campaign

Fri 10 Apr, 2020

Welcoming the relaunch of the Scottish Government’s domestic abuse campaign, Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: