Ruskell welcomes decision by SNH to revoke licence at Raeshaw Estates over potential wildlife crimes

26 May, 2017 - 14:09

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (26 May) welcomed the decision by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to revoke a licence to control wild birds at Raeshaw Estates in the Borders following concerns about wildlife crime.

Police Scotland is investigating the potential offences.

Amidst all the darkness is a light that never goes out

Ross Greer MSP Fri 26 May

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. It’s a line from the Gospel of John which I used in a recent address to a church who had invited me to discuss what I recently witnessed of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. It’s a line which goes beyond any and all faiths and is strikingly relevant this week.

Finnie responds to report on governance of Scottish Police Authority

25 May, 2017 - 17:15

Responding to publication of a report on governance of the Scottish Police Authority by Holyrood's Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Justice Spokesperson, said:

“The Scottish Police Authority play an important role in scrutinising Police Scotland and holding it to account. Andrew Flanagan said nothing at his most recent appearance in front of the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing which led me to believe that he has learned the important lessons necessary for him to lead the Scottish Police Authority.

Johnstone urges UK Gov to reconsider cap on Child Tax Credits for more than two children

25 May, 2017 - 13:33

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (25 May) urged the UK Government to urgently reconsider its cap on Child Tax Credits for more than two children.
 
At today's meeting of Holyrood's Social Security Committee, Alison asked John Dickie of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) about the way that the UK Government's reforms have broken the link with a system that was originally based on need.
 

Finnie comments on terror threat level & use of armed officers

24 May, 2017 - 14:49

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (24 May) welcomed comments from the First Minister that there are no plans to deploy military personnel on the streets in light of the terror threat level across the UK being raised to "critical", suggesting another attack is expected.

Police Scotland have deployed more armed officers for the "foreseeable future" after the Manchester concert attack.

A fourteen-year-old girl from Barra remains missing following Monday's suicide bombing.

Ruskell welcomes steps towards a licensing scheme for game bird hunting

23 May, 2017 - 16:51

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 May) welcomed steps towards a licensing scheme for game bird hunting such as driven grouse shooting in an effort to protect rare birds of prey from persecution.

Holyrood's Environment Committee, of which Mr Ruskell is a member, today agreed to keep open a petition by the Scottish Raptor Study Group calling for the introduction of a licensing scheme, and it agreed to write to Scottish Ministers asking them to explore how to implement such a scheme.

Greer calls on Education Secretary to act on report showing inconsistent & inadequate PSE in schools

23 May, 2017 - 10:00

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 May) called on Education Secretary John Swinney to act on the findings of a report showing alarming evidence of "inconsistent" and "inadequate" Personal and Social Education (PSE) in schools.
 

Johnstone urges Scot Gov to heed report by Social Security Committee on Child Poverty Bill

22 May, 2017 - 13:20

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 May) urged the Scottish Government to heed a report by Holyrood's Social Security Committee on the proposed Child Poverty Bill.

The report recommends that the Bill should include a challenging target to address persistent poverty, and interim targets for "greater immediacy".

The Committee, of which Alison Johnstone is a member, also recommends making full use of Scottish social security powers and providing advice to parents and carers to boost their incomes. 

We will fight Tory plans for compulsory photo-ID at elections

19 May, 2017 - 12:44

The Scottish Greens will lead a campaign to ensure that Tory plans for compulsory photo-ID at elections are not replicated in Scotland. 
 
Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, has written to Derek Mackay, the cabinet secretary with responsibility for elections, seeking a guarantee that the Scottish Government will stand against the “damaging and authoritarian” proposal in the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto. 
 
Harvie says the move will result in “marginalised people losing their ability to vote”.

Devolution of Disability Living Allowance & Carers Benefit gives us a chance to create a fairer, more equal Scotland

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 19 May

This week was an important one in Scotland’s devolution journey. Responsibility to legislate for a range of benefits, including Disability Living Allowance and Carers Benefit, was formally passed to the Scottish Parliament.