Greer steps up criticism of Scot Gov school changes as unwanted, unnecessary & risky

28 June, 2017 - 16:52

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, used today's Holyrood Education debate to step up his criticism of the Scottish Government's school governance changes as unwanted, unnecessary and risky.

The Greens have consistently argued that the real challenge in education is the result of ten years of budget cuts, thousands of teaching and support staff and much of their resources now gone. The Scottish Government’s proposals do not address this.

Johnstone criticises Scot Gov for late and incomplete Health and Social Care Workforce plan

28 June, 2017 - 13:55

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health and Social Care spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, criticised the Scottish Government for today’s (28 June) delayed publication of just one of three parts of a promised Health and Social Care Workforce plan.

Alison has consistently raised concerns over lack of planning to recruit and retain workers to meet growing demands in the interlinked health and social care services.

Securing the Rights of EU Citizens

Ross Greer MSP Wed 28 Jun

The UK Government has now published further details to its announcement on the rights of EU citizens after Brexit. I had posed 8 immediate questions that needed to be answered by this further announcement. The details published today provide some answers to my questions.

First Minister statement: Scotland still wants say over Brexit say Greens

27 June, 2017 - 15:45

The people of Scotland will be the only ones in Europe not to have a say on Brexit under the new timetable outlined by the First Minister, say the Scottish Greens.

Responding to a statement by Nicola Sturgeon, where the First Minister revealed that she will “not seek” to introduce immediate legislation for an independence referendum, Scottish Greens’ co-convener Patrick Harvie said there is now “no chance” that Scotland will avoid being dragged out of the EU and, likely the Single Market.

Johnstone describes waiting time figures for cancer patients as "very concerning"

27 June, 2017 - 15:34

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, described today's waiting time figures for cancer patients as "very concerning".

Only 88.1 per cent of patients started treatment within 62 days between January and March this year, missing the Scottish Government target of 95 per cent.

Only two health boards - NHS Dumfries and Galloway and NHS Lanarkshire - met the target.

Alison said:

Johnstone questions Health Secretary over closure of children's ward at St John's

27 June, 2017 - 15:01

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today (27 June) questioned the Health Secretary over NHS Lothian's decision to once again close the children's ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston.

Alison said:

"Around 1,000 children are admitted to the hospital every year and this is the third time inpatient services have been closed temporarily. It's simply unacceptable.

Wightman welcomes poll for Shelter Scotland on energy efficiency in private rented sector

27 June, 2017 - 10:02

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (27 June) welcomed the findings of a YouGov poll for Shelter Scotland, which found that 85 per cent of Scots would support laws that required private landlords to increase the energy efficiency rating of their property to a minimum standard before they could let them out.

Andy said:

The people of Scotland must be given a choice over their future

27 June, 2017 - 08:00

The co-conveners of the Scottish Green Party have today (27 June) written to the First Minister, urging her to resist calls from opponents who have conceded to a Hard Brexit and who are against holding an independence referendum once the terms of the deal are known.

Ahead of an expected announcement from Nicola Sturgeon this week, Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie MSP argue that there is nothing to change the argument in favour of Scotland’s future being decided by the people who live here, on the timescale previously set out.

Greer says announcement by Prime Minister on EU citizens living in the UK is "mean-spirited"

26 June, 2017 - 15:57

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's announcement by the Prime Minister on EU citizens living in the UK is "mean-spirited".

Under the plan, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years will be granted "settled status". Those who come after a yet-to-be-agreed cut-off date will be given two years to "regularise their status".

Ross Greer MSP said:

Harvie brands Tory-DUP deal an insult

26 June, 2017 - 13:43

 

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, branded today's Tory-DUP deal an insult.

 

The 10 DUP MPs will back the Tories in key Commons votes in return for an extra £1billion for Northern Ireland over the next two years.

Patrick said: