Holidaymakers urged to consider community safety

Fri 3 Jul, 2020

Holidaymakers have been urged to consider the safety of the communities they are visiting, as lockdown restrictions are eased across Scotland.

Commenting after the First Minister urged Scots to take holidays within Scotland, Scottish Greens rural economy and tourism spokesperson John Finnie said: “Small businesses across Scotland will welcome holidaymakers, but at the same time communities remain understandably concerned about the potential arrival of COVID-19.

£10m for theatres is only 'baby steps' to arts recovery

Fri 3 Jul, 2020

The Scottish Government’s £10m crisis fund for theatres and venues has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens, but much more will be needed to recover Scotland’s decimated culture sector.

Speaking ahead of a Scottish Greens live discussion with artists on the future of the sector, the party’s culture spokesperson Ross Greer said: “This funding is very welcome, but it will only buy venues more time, not prevent their closure entirely.

Scottish Greens welcome public health caution from FM

Thu 2 Jul, 2020

The First Minister’s cautious approach to easing lockdown has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

Among today’s announcements was the move to making face coverings mandatory in shops, which Scottish Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone called for on Monday.

There will also be a relaxation of the two-metre distancing rule for some hospitality businesses.

SQA confirm grades will be changed without consulting schools

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Qualifications Agency has admitted it will adjust student’s grades without consulting schools or publishing its methods, potentially failing pupils whose had been submitted a pass grade by their teacher.

In a letter to the Scottish parliament’s Education committee, SQA chief Fiona Roberston confirmed that the agency will moderate grades without any consultation with teachers, using a system which could see pupils marked up or down because of the past performances of their school, no matter how hard they have worked.

Boris Johnson's recovery plan is reckless and dangerous

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

Boris Johnson’s recovery plans represent a reckless and dangerous roll back on environmental protections and progress on tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Responding to Boris Johnson’s speech, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “This is the bleakest possible vision of a recovery from coronavirus, dressed up in the language of a green new deal.

Time to make face coverings mandatory, say Greens

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

Scotland should follow 50 other countries by making face coverings mandatory in shops, the Scottish Greens have said.

This includes countries that have been most effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 such as Germany, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea.

Currently face coverings are mandatory on public transport but remain ‘recommended’ in shops and other indoor spaces. A single easy-to-communicate rule could massively increase usage, Scottish Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone has said.

Green campaign for renters rights backed by SNP trade union group in tenant rights rebellion

Tue 30 Jun, 2020

The SNP’s trade union group has backed Scottish Green calls for better protection for tenants.

According to reports, the TUG has called for the Scottish Government to bring forward new legislation to protect tenants’ rights with protections against Covid-19 arrears evictions and a rent freeze, both of which featured in amendments to emergency laws proposed by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman, but blocked by the SNP and Tories in Parliament.

Greens demand action after ‘deeply alarming’ species decline

Fri 26 Jun, 2020

The decline in Scotland’s nature has continued apace, according to a new report snuck out by the Scottish Government.

Ross Greer: BAME risk assessments needed for school return

Fri 26 Jun, 2020

Councils should perform risk assessments on the return to school for Black and Minority Ethnic pupils and staff, the Scottish Greens have said.

The call comes after the Scottish Government advised health boards to conduct risk assessments for BAME staff.

After pressure from the Scottish Greens, on 9 June First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the establishment of an expert group to study the effects of Covid-19 on minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

Scottish Greens: 50 years of the Kingston Bridge

Fri 26 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie, a Glasgow MSP, said:

“The Scottish Government’s adoration of the Kingston Bridge on its 50th anniversary reflects the reality that little has changed in transport policy during that time.

 “The construction of the M8 and the Kingston Bridge put the convenience of motorists ahead of communities, some of which were bulldozed out of existence to plough this motorway through our city.

“Even today, in a city where more than half of residents don’t own a car, the prioritisation of private cars continues.