Councils could cut jobs to deliver schools return

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Councils could be forced to cut jobs and services in other areas to deliver a return to school in August, it has emerged.

At the Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 committee, chief executive of Highland council Donna Manson told Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer there were “additional costs” associated with reopening schools at 50% attendance in August.

These include additional teachers and support staff, as well as providing additional buildings to accommodate safe distancing measures.

FMQs: Investment needed to create thousands of green jobs

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Scotland can tackle the climate crisis, build a thriving renewable energy industry and develop the green jobs we need at the heart of our economic recovery, said Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

Scottish Greens slam decision to scrap DFID  

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Responding to reports that the UK Government will scrap the Department for International Development, merge its functions with the Foreign Office and “squeeze” the international aid budget, Scottish Greens External Affairs Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“This is a nasty attempt to play to the worst instincts of Boris Johnson’s rich mates. Britain has a long, brutal legacy of wrongdoing across the world and the international development programme is one small way in which the government has sought to make amends for that.

Scotland misses climate targets again

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Scottish Government has missed its climate emissions target for the second year in in a row, it has emerged.

Figures on greenhouse gas emissions for 2018 show that Scotland’s climate emissions increased and the target was missed by a significant margin, largely because of an increase in emissions from the power sector, where fossil fuel use increased by half. Emissions from homes increased by 3.4 per cent and transport remains the largest source of emissions.

New anti-trans laws will cause significant harm

Sun 14 Jun, 2020

Reports the UK Government is to roll back on the rights of trans people will cause significant harm to an already vulnerable community, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The Sunday Times reports that Boris Johnson is not only preparing to scrap plans to cut red tape for people transitioning, his government also plans to repeal some of the hard-won rights trans people have gained in order to be recognised.

Scottish Greens: GDP slump cannot justify return to broken economy

Fri 12 Jun, 2020

The slump in the UK’s GDP must be taken in context and not lead to a rush of mistakes which put growth above public health and wellbeing, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has warned.

Official figures have shown the UK’s GDP has fallen by a record 20.4% in April, as normal economic activity was halted by lockdown.

First Minister must go further on transition funding

Fri 12 Jun, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement of a new £62m energy transition fund over the next 5 years, Scottish Greens Energy Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

“I welcome the First Minister’s acknowledgement that her government must drive investment in Scotland’s energy transition, but the funding announced today amounts to a drop in the ocean compared to what is ultimately required. 

Scottish Greens seek to reintroduce tail docking ban

Fri 12 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens will bring forward a proposal to reverse the SNP’s “barbaric” decision to end the ban on docking puppy’s tails next week. 

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell will move an amendment to the Animals and Wildlife Bill when it is debated in parliament on Wednesday. 

Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

“Tail docking is barbaric. 

“The SNP’s decision ditch the tail docking ban in 2017 was a dark day for animal welfare in Scotland. 

Scotland misses tree planting target

Thu 11 Jun, 2020

Attempts to reforest Scotland have missed Scottish Government targets on tree-planting, it has emerged.

Scotland can lead the world with Universal Basic Income pilot

Thu 11 Jun, 2020

Scotland would grab the world’s attention by undertaking a three-year pilot of a Universal Basic Income, the Scottish Greens have said.

The results of a feasibility study in Scottish council areas has been published, with a recommendation that Scotland commits to a three-year pilot of the idea, which would provide a reliable, unconditional source of income for everyone.

This would be co-delivered by the Scottish and UK Governments alongside local authorities.