DWP minister refuses Green MSP’s invitation

20 February, 2017 - 10:41

It has been revealed in a letter to a Green MSP, that the UK government minister behind the announced closures of up to 23 Jobcentre Plus sites across Scotland, has refused to visit Greater Glasgow, the area set to lose the majority of the offices.

Non-domestic rates: Wightman calls for proper scrutiny

20 February, 2017 - 09:42

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will this week prompt a debate at Holyrood's Local Government Committee about the lack of scrutiny of Non-Domestic Rates, which raise almost £3billion a year for council services.

At Wednesday’s committee, Andy will move a motion to annul the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2017 (SSI 2017/8).

Scotland being dragged into corporate power grab by Government happy for big business to call the shots

15 February, 2017 - 14:09

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (15 Feb) warned that the approval of the controversial EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) could make fracking in Scotland more likely.

The Right Support for All Children 

Ross Greer MSP Tue 14 Feb

The sign of a good school is one where every pupil has the right support, where their needs as an individual are met and not just the needs of the class as a whole. With one in four school pupils in Scotland having an identified additional support need, ranging from autism or dyslexia to English as a second language or a physical disability, making sure that individual support is there can be a challenge but it is absolutely essential. 

"Postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland

12 February, 2017 - 10:06

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, today (12 Feb) published Freedom of Information requests which show a "postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland.

Councils were asked how many 20mph zones they have. The results show a huge variation, with Clackmannanshire saying all residential streets are 20mph and Edinburgh saying the majority of its streets are 20mph with a further 810 zones planned. By contrast, North Ayrshire Council only has four permanent 20mph zones and Falkirk has none. Neither plans to introduce any new 20mph zones.

Child Poverty Bill: Greens Urge Focus On Boosting Incomes

10 February, 2017 - 17:38

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 Feb) welcomed publication of the Scottish Government's Child Poverty Bill and urged Ministers to focus on boosting families' incomes. 

The Bill proposes a target that by 2030 fewer than 10 per cent of Scottish children are living in relative poverty. At the moment, in some parts of Scotland, a third of children live in relative poverty.

In recent months, the Green MSPs have secured a number of anti-poverty measures from the Scottish Government, including:

We must invest in a better future for Scots seeking work

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 10 Feb

The devolution of some aspects of the social security system is proving to be a huge opportunity for Scotland to show that a fairer society is possible. The package of powers devolved in the wake of the independence referendum was limited but even so, we can use these powers in creative ways to prove that we are a caring nation.

Proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground

9 February, 2017 - 13:48

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (9 Feb) used First Minister's Questions to warn Nicola Sturgeon that the Government's argument for the proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground.

Five years ago Mr Harvie challenged then-First Minister Alex Salmond over the proposal at FMQs, and after consistently raising the issue with ministers, it was admitted that the policy would increase climate change emissions.

Councils will see an increase in funding and can shelve many of the cuts they had planned

8 February, 2017 - 15:12

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Feb) published analysis showing that the Green budget deal struck last week with the Scottish Government means that local councils will see an increase in funding and can shelve many of the cuts they had planned.

Greens to reject Article 50 triggering in Holyrood debate

7 February, 2017 - 14:02

Remain supporters will rally outside the Scottish Parliament today in hope that MSPs will vote with the Greens against the triggering of Article 50.

Holyrood will debate a Green amendment to the Article 50 debate that outlines “widespread scepticism” that the UK can conclude negotiations within two years and that the Westminster government’s decision to proceed with a Brexit Bill does not “respect” the referendum result in Scotland.

Ross Greer said: