Attainment gap funding not enough say Greens

24 July, 2017 - 16:03

Education funding announced today by the Scottish Government is not enough to reverse “the decade of cuts to teachers, support staff and resources” say the Scottish Greens.

Ross Greer MSP, the party’s education spokesperson says that any attempt to close Scotland’s attainment gap cannot be done in the “classroom alone” and that significant investment must also be made in “better paid jobs, warmer and more affordable homes and strong public services”.

Repeal Bill is a threat to democracy and a power grab too far

Ross Greer MSP Fri 21 Jul

The much awaited draft Repeal Bill has now been published. This is the most important bit of legislation relating to Brexit.

It will repeal the European Communities Act 1972, transferring most EU laws into UK law, and give government ministers in London and Edinburgh extensive powers to amend, repeal and even create new laws without the normal parliamentary process.

Greer welcomes damning Lords report on UK Brexit approach

19 July, 2017 - 11:56

A report by the House of Lords EU committee calling on the UK government to “raise its game” in consulting the devolved governments has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

Duty on public bodies to reduce poverty is welcome aim but Scot Gov can make a difference right now

18 July, 2017 - 15:07

Responding to today's (18 July) proposal by the Scottish Government to place a duty on public bodies to make reducing poverty and inequality part of their decision making, Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman said:

Greens back call from leading Scottish figures to block Brexit

18 July, 2017 - 14:30

The Scottish Greens’ have joined with 60 leading public figures in Scotland who are attempting to block the Brexit process.

The letter, published in a national newspaper and signed by former First Minister Henry McLeish, calls for a national debate and a rethink on Brexit.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson, said:

Greer backs call for UK Gov to provide clarity over rights of EU citizens

17 July, 2017 - 14:57

Ross Greer MSP, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 July) backed the call from the Scottish Government for clarity from the UK Government over the rights of EU citizens.

Ross Greer MSP said:

"It is an insult that the Repeal Bill bizarrely lists EU citizens' rights as a deficiency, so the Scottish Government is right to call for clarity. Under the Tories' plans, three million EU citizens across the UK could lose their rights without even a vote in Parliament, or without Parliament even being informed if a Minister considers it urgent.

No-one should face financial hardship due to the care they need or the care they give

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 14 Jul

“I am worried sick about these charges and am falling into a depression myself.”

Just one of the responses to a consultation on extending free personal care to people under-65 with debilitating conditions such as dementia.

Maureen’s words bring home the reality for far too many people. She says she has been forced to give up work to look after her husband because of the high cost of someone else doing it but says that without wages she can’t afford the upkeep of specialist equipment including a bed, toilet and mobility scooter.

Greer says Repeal Bill is power grab by Tories desperate to cling on

13 July, 2017 - 13:48

Ross Greer MSP, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (13 July) said that the Repeal Bill published by the UK Government represents a significant "power grab" by a Government desperate to cling on after losing their mandate.

He confirmed that the Scottish Green MSPs would not vote to give legislative consent to such a Bill when approval is sought by Westminster.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Johnstone criticises UK Gov for pressing ahead with closure of HMRC offices in Bathgate and Livingston

12 July, 2017 - 16:59

Alison Johnstone, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today (12 July) criticised the UK Government for pressing ahead with plans to close HMRC offices in Bathgate and Livingston, with up to 1,200 workers expected to relocate to Edinburgh.

Alison said:

Taylor Review of Modern Work shows successive UK Governments have ignored need to create quality employment

11 July, 2017 - 14:06

The Scottish Greens say today's (11 July) Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices shows how successive UK Governments have ignored the need to create quality employment.

Green MSP Andy Wightman, a member of Holyrood's Economy Committee, said: