Greens pledge anonymity and legal aid for victims

Wed 7 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today pledge to enshrine anonymity for victims of sexual offences in law, and make legal aid available to all domestic abuse victims.

Unlike other UK nations, there is no general prohibition on identifying sexual offence complainers in Scotland. Instead there is an 'understanding' to maintain anonymity between mainstream media outlets.

Poll shows record number of Scottish Green MSPs

Wed 7 Apr, 2021

Responding to the Ipsos Mori poll for STV which puts the Scottish Greens on 12% for the regional list vote, co-leader Lorna Slater said:

 "This poll tells us that the Scottish Greens are set to have a record number of MSPs in Holyrood and could yet play a crucial role in securing a pro-independence majority in May. I'm also proud that if this poll turns into votes we will have eight women and three men as our Scottish Green MSPs.

Scottish Greens vow to end fox hunting for good

Tue 6 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will ban fox hunting in Scotland, the party have pledged.

Despite an apparent ban being introduced in 2002, fox hunts continue in Scotland by exploiting loopholes that mean it continues much as it did. 

Scottish Green Alison Johnstone proposed a bill in 2019 to close the loopholes and also to protect mountain hares.

Mountain hare protections were won in wildlife laws last year, but the Lothian candidate has pledged to finish the job next term if re-elected.

Scottish Greens pledge to abolish not proven verdict

Tue 6 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens would abolish the ‘not proven’ verdict, the party has announced.

Scotland, unlike most of the world's legal systems, has three possible verdicts in criminal cases - guilty, not guilty and not proven – but in practice the ‘not proven’ outcome is an acquittal, with the same outcome as ‘not guilty’. This often creates significant confusion for jurors.

Scottish Greens reveal plan to tackle disinformation

Tue 6 Apr, 2021

In a first for a Scottish Parliament election, the Greens are set to unveil a suite of policies designed to tackle the growing problem of fake news and disinformation.

The policies, included in the party’s upcoming election manifesto, include proposals to set up an independent office to coordinate efforts aimed at tackling disinformation and an aim to replicate the success of Finland’s efforts at integrating media literacy and critical thinking into their school curriculum.

Scottish Greens education and media spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Scottish Greens: end the war on drugs

Sat 3 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will today pledge to end the war on drugs so that resources are channelled into tackling it as a public health rather than a criminal justice issue.

The Scottish Green manifesto will include proposals to adopt a person-centred approach with a focus on drop-in services and crisis centres which are accessible and provide holistic support. This will include the introduction of safe consumption facilities.

The party would also integrate alcohol and drug partnerships with other services to develop a well-planned rehabilitation service.

Greens pledge 5,500 teachers to help schools recovery

Fri 2 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will today reveal plans to recruit an additional 5,500 teachers to help schools recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Greens manifesto will make the pledge, an increase of 10% of the workforce, to help reduce class sizes and teacher workload, which unions warn have become unmanageable in recent years.

Glasgow City Council votes overwhelmingly to end fossil fuel investments

Thu 1 Apr, 2021

This afternoon Glasgow City Council overwhelmingly voted for a Scottish Green motion to  end its pension fund investments in fossil fuels.

The Strathclyde Pension Fund, which GCC is part of, has over £500 million worth of holdings in fossil fuel companies. As well as having its employees being covered by the fund, GCC is also the fund administrator, on behalf of the SPF trustees.

The motion was part of the budget agreement between the SNP administration the Scottish Green Party and sets a major precedent for other local authority pension funds.

Scottish Greens brand racism report a disgrace

Wed 31 Mar, 2021

A new report from the The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities which claims the UK is not institutionally racist has been branded a 'disgrace' by the Scottish Greens.

Responding to the report, Scottish Greens external affairs spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Scottish Greens pledge new deal for renters

Wed 31 Mar, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today pledge rent controls as part of a ‘new deal for renters’, to enshrine people’s right to a home.

The call comes after the pandemic exposed how private renting is often expensive and insecure.

Scottish Greens pledge to make the winter evictions ban a permanent feature after the pandemic, as they are in countries like France, strengthen the landlord registration process and establish a Private Rented Sector Regulator to oversee the sector, investigate tenants’ complaints and recommend future reforms.