Greens call for greater preventative health spending

27 October, 2016 - 09:56

An Audit Scotland report, highlighting how the NHS is struggling with rising demand and cost pressures, is proof of the need for more “preventative spending” say the Scottish Greens.

The party’s health spokesperson, Alison Johnstone MSP says the report shows that the government needs to make workforce planning a top priority to help prevent a crisis. The report highlights how most health spending is still focussed on “hospital and other institutional-based care”.

Scotland needs to turn up the volume on CETA

27 October, 2016 - 09:50

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (27 Oct) use a Holyrood debate on the EU to highlight the risk of fracking companies gaining the upper hand should the Westminster Government continue to back controversial trade deals such as CETA.

The motion for debate calls on the UK Government to ensure that Scotland has a role in decision-making. 

Green MSP calls for guarantees for European NHS staff

26 October, 2016 - 15:47

Post-Brexit guarantees for EU nationals working in NHS Scotland were sought by a Green MSP at Holyrood today.

Ross Greer MSP asked Mike Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe what further work the government is undertaking to provide evidence of the role workers from the rest of the EU have in the NHS and social care services.

Half of Primary One children in deprived communities have tooth decay

25 October, 2016 - 17:26

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (25 Oct) expressed concern at statistics showing that half of Primary One children in deprived communities have tooth decay.

The NHS report concludes that "clear health inequalities persist, and reducing dental health inequality must remain a priority.”

Student Funding: Greer Welcomes Review, Questions Debt

25 October, 2016 - 14:39

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (25 Oct) welcomed the announcement of a review of student finance as figures show the number of students being paid grants has fallen nearly five per cent in a year as an increasing number are taking out loans.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Enterprise Review: Finnie Welcomes Highland And South Recommendations

25 October, 2016 - 13:44

John Finnie MSP, Rural Communities spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (25 Oct) welcomed the findings of a review into the government's enterprise agencies, which include protecting services in the Highlands and Islands, and creating a new service for the South of Scotland.

Last month Mr Finnie raised with the First Minister concerns about the future of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and reiterated the Scottish Greens' call for the South of Scotland to have a dedicated development agency.

Heathrow decision does nothing to advance social justice

25 October, 2016 - 13:38

Responding to news that the Westminster Government is backing the expansion of London Heathrow airport, John Finnie MSP, Transport and Rural Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"It's perhaps no surprise that a Westminster Government gung-ho for fracking and determined to wreck our renewables industry is backing the expansion of the hugely-polluting aviation sector. This will damage the UK's credibility on the global stage where there is firm agreement on the need to reduce climate emissions.

Rural Fuel Poverty: Wightman Urges Action

24 October, 2016 - 12:26

Responding to a new report on rural fuel poverty, Andy Wightman MSP, housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, urged Scottish Ministers to "seize the moment" given cross-party consensus on the need for action.

The Action Plan to Deliver Affordable Warmth in Rural Scotland proposed by the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force says half of Scotland's rural households are living in fuel poverty, rising to 63% in remote areas. The plan calls for public investment and community empowerment.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Highland council hopeful closes Scottish Green Party conference

23 October, 2016 - 16:42

The Scottish Greens’ autumn conference came to a close today with an upbeat speech from the co-convener of the Highlands and Islands branch.

Isla O'Reilly from Inverness, who is standing in next year’s council election, told Green members at the Perth Concert Hall that the local authority elections offer a great chance to elect “huge green swathes of councillors” in Highland and other Scottish councils.

Maggie Chapman: "We are citizens of the world."

Maggie Chapman

This is the text of my speech to Scottish Greens Conference 2016, Saturday 22nd October. I had the honour of sharing the stage with two great green women: Ska Keller, and Anni Pues.

Good morning friends.