We've outlined a range of options for ministers to make the tax system fairer & protect council services

22 January, 2017 - 09:50

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Jan) said that his party has given Scottish Ministers a range of options to use fair taxation to protect local council services, as the minority SNP government seeks support for its 2017/18 budget.

The Budget Bill is expected to be published this coming week, with the first vote in Parliament the week after.

Report raises concerns about nuclear safety

22 January, 2017 - 09:43

The Scottish Greens are urging the Scottish Government to intervene in a review of safety at the Hunterston nuclear power plant in Ayrshire after a report revealed that operators EDF plan to allow for an increase in cracking in its reactor core.

The report, by energy consultant and Safe Energy Journal editor Pete Roche, says that despite it being probably illegal under international law, the Scottish public are being given no say in an imminent UK Government decision on whether Scotland’s oldest nuclear power station can keep running longer than planned.

Brexit Report: Greer says damage is clear

20 January, 2017 - 10:11

Responding to publication of 'Brexit: What Scotland Thinks', a report by Holyrood's Europe & External Relations Committee, Scottish Greens External Affairs spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

Andy Wightman: Market forces that sell out our families

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 20 Jan

Every time I walk along South Bridge in Edinburgh, my eyes are always drawn to a small digital sign that sits unobtrusively outside a hotel advertising that day’s daily tariff. Over time, I’ve come to realise that you can expect to pay anything from £40 per night on a midweek day in winter through to £200 per night to stay within a stone’s throw of most cultural attractions at the height of the Festival in August. Whenever I see this sign I like to think of it as a sort of economic barometer.

Scotland's economy & public health at risk from inaction on climate change

19 January, 2017 - 15:17

Today's publication of the Scottish Government's climate plan shows that ministers are not listening to expert advice, according to Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP.

The climate plan outlines how ministers intend to reduce emissions by 66 per cent by 2032 compared to 1990 levels.

Only half of recommendations for action from the independent UK Committee on Climate Change appear in the plan.

Mark Ruskell, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said:

Andy highlights problems from sharp rise in properties available for short-term rent

19 January, 2017 - 14:00

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (19 Jan) used General Questions at Holyrood to urge ministers to consider stronger regulations to address problems caused by a sharp rise in properties available for short-term rent.

Mr Wightman, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, highlighted that a number of his Edinburgh constituents have been affected by the growth of the sector. 

Andy said:

20mph default limit in residential areas would encourage everyday journeys by bike

18 January, 2017 - 13:52

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (18 Jan) hit out at the "tired, old, reheated" ideas put forward by the Scottish Government's transport agency as it looks set to fail its target on cycling.

The "refreshed" Transport Scotland Cycling Action Plan admits that achieving 10 per cent of all journeys by bike by 2020 "will be challenging”. The current rate is 1.2 per cent.

Mark Ruskell, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Mid-Scotland & Fife, said:

Investment in teachers and graduates in nurseries is a step in the right direction

18 January, 2017 - 13:48

Alison Johnstone MSP, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (18 Jan) urged Scottish Ministers to prioritise the Living Wage for nursery staff in light of today's announcement by the First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon has promised £1.5million to recruit more teachers and graduates for nurseries in deprived areas.

Alison Johnstone, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Social Security Committee to investigate citizen’s income

18 January, 2017 - 10:14

Commenting on plans by Holyrood's Social Security Committee to investigate the feasibility of introducing a citizen’s income, Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

NHS review must be acted upon so we don’t have a repeat of winter chaos

17 January, 2017 - 17:00

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 Jan) welcomed a review of NHS staffing as figures showed a big increase in the number of people waiting to seen at Accident & Emergency departments.

The percentage of people seen and discharged with 4 hours fell from 93.5% in the week ending 25 December to 92.3% in the week ending 1 January and 87.9% in the week ending 8 January. 

Over the same period the number of people waiting over 8 hours to be seen rose from 75 to 454 and the number waiting over 12 hours rose from 6 to 101.