Post-Brexit farming support must be future proofed

Wed 6 May, 2020

Support for farmers after EU funds have been withdrawn must reflect the challenges Scotland faces as a country, the Scottish Greens have said.

Speaking as parliament debated the future of farming in Scotland after Brexit as part of the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill stage 1 proceedings, Scottish Green Mark Ruskell said the sector needed to be supported to address the climate emergency and protect the food chain in the COVID-19 crisis.

Local govt needs status of normal European countries

Wed 6 May, 2020

Local government in Scotland could be brought up to European legal standards, if a member’s bill by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman is successful.

The Green’s local government spokesperson Andy Wightman has introduced a bill to the Scottish Parliament which would enshrine the principles of localism in law, as set out in international treaty the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

The proposal to embed the rights and responsibilities of councils in law was successful in gaining the signatures of 26 cross-party MSPs, and is published today. [Wednesday 6 May 2020]

Guidance required for recycling centres say Greens

Tue 5 May, 2020

Responding to concerns around an increase in fly tipping as a result of the closure of local authority recycling centres, Scottish Greens Environment Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“Now that the Scottish Government has committed to issuing guidance to local councils, it must do so urgently to ensure that recycling centres can be opened as soon and as safely as possible.

Scottish Government must introduce regular care testing

Tue 5 May, 2020

Questioning the Health Secretary in parliament this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP called on the Scottish Government to urgently introduce regular testing in Scotland’s care homes to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Test trace isolate strategy needs urgent timescale

Mon 4 May, 2020

Scottish Greens have welcomed the Scottish Government’s strategy to test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 but have called for the proposals to be given an urgent timescale.

The paper published today commits the Scottish Government to undertake a rigorous testing  and tracing strategy, much like the Scottish Greens have been calling for, but at her press briefing the First Minister would only say that “enhanced” measures would be in place at the end of May.

Mental health justification for leaving house must be clear

Mon 4 May, 2020

Leaving the house during lockdown for permitted ‘daily exercise’ must include activity to boost mental health, the Scottish Greens have said.

Regulations make it clear that physical health is justification for leaving the home, but they are not clear on mental health reasons.

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.