Greens respond to disappointing Transport stats

Wed 27 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Government has this morning (27 Feb) published its latest transport statistics.

The figures show an increase in car usage and rail journeys, and a decrease in bus patronage and people cycling.

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP said:

Put fair work at the heart of social care, says Johnstone

Tue 26 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens Health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP has today (26 Feb) called on the Scottish Government to put fair work at the heart of Scotland’s social care sector, by accepting in full the recommendations of The Fair Work Convention’s review, Fair Work in Scotland’s Social Care Sector 2019

Finnie calls for ferries review after breakdowns

Mon 25 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to urgently review its ferries plan in light of new figures, which show that almost 800 Calmac sailings were cancelled because of mechanical breakdowns last year.

According to figures obtained from Calmac by Mr Finnie, 780 services were cancelled for technical reasons in 2018, 150 more than in 2017. [1]

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie said:

Greens reveal Scotland’s ten most skipped stations

Fri 22 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has today (22 Feb) revealed Scotland’s most skipped rail stations.

Figures obtained from the Scottish Government by Mr Finnie show that in 2018, 2,131 incidences of stop skipping were recorded on ScotRail services, with ten stations being skipped on more than 100 occasions. 

The ten most skipped stations in 2018 were:

1. Drumry - 166

2. Anniesland - 158

3. Westerton - 142

4. Coatbridge Sunnyside - 122

5. Falkirk High - 119

6. Edinburgh Park - 107

7. Singer - 107

Impact of MPs going independent goes well beyond simple tally of numbers

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 22 Feb, 2019

Writing about the turbulent UK political landscape is tricky these days, given that almost anything could be out of date in a matter of hours. How many MPs will be sitting with the new Independent Group by the time this column goes to print?

Fight Plastic Pollution With Coffee Cup Levy

Thu 21 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Greens today (21 Feb) urged Scottish Ministers to set a 25p-per-cup levy on disposable coffee cups to end the "scourge" of plastic pollution.

As part of the Green budget deal for 2019/20, ministers agreed to consider charging to reduce single use disposable drinks cups, with a commitment to bring forward legislation within the next year.

Budget vote confirms irrelevance of Labour and shallowness of Tories

Thu 21 Feb, 2019

The Scottish Greens say tonight's (21 Feb) final vote in parliament on the 2019-20 Scottish Budget will confirm the irrelevance of Labour and the shallowness of the Tories.

Green MSPs were the only group in parliament to engage seriously in the budget process, forcing changes to SNP spending plans.

Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Tue 19 Feb, 2019

Ahead of tonight's vote in parliament to agree the Scottish rates and bands of Income Tax, Scottish Green MSPs are setting out their stance, warning the government that it cannot afford to stall on action to reduce inequality and protect public services.

Park The Hysteria

John Finnie MSP Sat 16 Feb, 2019

Last month the Scottish Parliament voted for the £42.5billion Scottish Budget thanks to a deal between the Scottish Greens and the SNP. In previous years Greens have focused on securing funding for vital local services and this year we went much further.

Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 15 Feb, 2019

One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a fairer, more humane social security system than the UK system run by the UK Department for Work and Pensions whose punitive approach towards those who need help from the social security system has been well-documented.