Don’t let Pride give in to hate

Patrick Harvie MSP Mon 1 Jul, 2019

My first Pride march was in London nearly 30 years ago, during my first year at University.

Still reeling from the culture shock of moving from Dumbarton to Manchester with its vibrant queer community, I was both overjoyed and bewildered to be part of an event so huge that it transformed the city.

An estimated 100,000 people – lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, trans people and more – marched, chanted and partied together long before the acronym LGBT had ever been coined.

Scottish Green MSPs celebrate 20 years of the ‘Green’ Scottish Parliament

Sat 29 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens are celebrating 20 years of the Scottish Parliament leading the UK on Green issues.

As members of the public visit Holyrood to mark the 20th birthday of the Scottish Parliament, co-leaders of the Greens MSP group Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone will join others in welcoming them.

Extreme weather shows need for action

Fri 28 Jun, 2019

Scotland’s flash flooding and Europe-wide warning of a dangerous heatwave show the need for real action on climate change, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has said.

The party’s environment spokesperson won concessions from the Scottish Government this week as the Climate Change (Emissions Reductions Targets) (Scotland) Bill passes through parliament.

Government must ensure all entitled receive child payment

Wed 26 Jun, 2019

Scottish Ministers must ensure that all those eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment are able to claim it if it is to fulfil its purpose of seriously tackling child poverty according to Scottish Greens Social Security Spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP. 

The Lothian MSP highlighted that while take up of the well-established child benefit payment sits at 95%, many of the ‘gateway’ benefits to the new payment are significantly under claimed and asked the Communities Secretary how the government would ensure all those eligible were made aware of the new payment. 

Johnstone launches bill to protect wildlife

Mon 24 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP will today (24 Jun) launch a consultation on her member’s bill to provide legal protections to foxes and hares. 
The consultation, which will run until mid-September, will gather views from people across Scotland and help shape the final bill proposal. 

Greens welcome plan to improve franchise

Fri 21 Jun, 2019

Green MSP Ross Greer has today welcomed plans published by the Scottish Government to legislate to improve the franchise for devolved election in Scotland, this follows parliament voting in favour of Mr Greer’s amendment to allow refugees and asylum seekers the right to vote last year. 

Ross Greer MSP said: 

Harvie calls for clarity from Finance Secretary 

Thu 20 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called for clarity from the Scottish Government over how it plans to deal with a predicted budget shortfall over the next few years. 

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Patrick Harvie: Government must deliver asylum accommodation pledge

Thu 20 Jun, 2019

Glasgow’s Green MSP Patrick Harvie has said the Scottish Government must ensure emergency accommodation is available for people facing eviction at the hands of the UK Government’s asylum contractor Serco.

In an exchange at First Ministers Questions on plans to mark Refugee Festival Scotland, Harvie said the Government must deliver its previous commitment to emergency housing for asylum seekers facing destitution.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Food benefit scheme welcome but needs improvement, Greens say

Thu 20 Jun, 2019

Green Social Security Spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today welcomed the introduction of the Best Start Foods scheme but backed concerns that design changes are needed.

The scheme, which replaces the UK Healthy Start Vouchers, provides prepaid cards for pregnant women and parents to purchase healthy food for their children. 

The new policy increases the money available but reduces the upper age limit from 4 to 3. 

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Greens urge long term plan for Sauchiehall Street

Thu 20 Jun, 2019

Scottish Greens have urged a long term recovery plan for Sauchiehall Street and the surrounding area, as the Scottish Parliament marked the first anniversary of the devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art.

Patrick Harvie, Glasgow’s Green MSP, told a members’ debate that local residents and businesses are still feeling the effects of the fire and deserve stronger commitments from local and national government.