Economic ‘revolution’ needs more than words

Tue 2 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government must match its rhetoric on an economic ‘revolution’ with action to provide financial security for the most vulnerable in society, the Scottish Greens have warned.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has promised a “a revolution in economic thinking” which would lead to a “wellbeing economy”.

Scottish Greens communities spokesperson Andy Wightman raised this at a debate on economic recovery at the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Govt care home testing claim doesn't add up

Tue 2 Jun, 2020

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman’s claim that regular testing of all care home staff has begun is not backed up by the figures.

The policy to test all care home staff was announced a week ago and would require over 7,000 tests a day to meet that demand.

But since then the numbers of those tested has gone down and is averaging at 4,600 a day across all sectors.

Jeane Freeman told Scottish Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone that regular testing of care home staff had already begun, but some staff had not given consent.

Speed limit review needed after lockdown speeding stats revealed

Tue 2 Jun, 2020

Speed limits must be reviewed after lockdown speeding figures show an increase in the proportion of vehicles above the legal limit, the Scottish Greens have said.

Stats revealed in a written answer to Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell show up to a third of vehicles travelling on Transport Scotland roads during lockdown were speeding.

The call for review comes as lockdown easing has seen an increase in traffic on roads, and ahead of schools going back in August.

Climate concerns growing in coronavirus crisis

Fri 29 May, 2020

The number of people concerned about the climate emergency has grown during the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,

Greens warn of evictions spike from July

Fri 29 May, 2020

Scotland could face a spike of evictions in July when eviction hearings for private rented sector tenants resumes, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The First-Tier Tribunal for Scotland is expected to resume the discussion of cases in July, when the Housing and Property Chamber is planning on restarting eviction hearings for private rented sector tenants online.

SQA grading system may be illegal say Greens 

Thu 28 May, 2020

Speaking at a Scottish Parliament virtual questions session this afternoon, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP highlighted concerns from the Equality and Human Rights Commission that the SQA’s proposed grading system to replace this year’s exam diet may be illegal. 

The ECHR has said that it is, “concerned that the SQA have been unable to demonstrate that they have considered any equality issues in their work in this area, or that they have met their legal duties in this regard”. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Beaver killing stats a scandal

Thu 28 May, 2020

Figures showing licensed killing of a fifth of Scotland’s beaver population is a scandal, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Natural Heritage have published beaver licensing statistics which show the scale of beavers killed in Scotland, including 87 killed in Tayside. This comes despite the Scottish Government declaring the beaver a protected species.

Lack of clarity on exams leaving schools in limbo

Tue 26 May, 2020

Responding to a statement from the Education Secretary this afternoon, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

Greens call for fair work to be put at heart of tourism restart 

Tue 26 May, 2020

Scottish Greens Tourism Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has this afternoon called for the Scottish Government to ensure that trade unions are involved in discussions about restarting the tourism industry to ensure that fair work terms are put on the agenda. 

Questioning the Scottish Government in parliament this afternoon Mr Finnie highlighted the importance of the tourism sector to the Highlands and Islands region, where it accounts for 15% of jobs, [1] almost double the national average. 

Every school child should have access to a bike say Greens

Tue 26 May, 2020

With schools expected to reopen in August, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP is calling for urgent and bold action from the Scottish Government to ensure every child can get to school safely. 

Significant investment will be required in buses, the school estate and to provide safe cycling and walking routes to school. This work will have to be carried out quickly to ensure it’s ready in time.