Public health must be at forefront of schools return

Ross Greer MSP Sun 21 Jun, 2020

Prolonged school closures are harmful to children’s wellbeing and their educational attainment. This is something we’re all agreed on, as the Education Secretary himself has said.

Lack of clarity for councils on school return exposed

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

Councils have described mixed messages from the Scottish Government on the return to school in August as ‘demotivating’.

At Parliament’s education committee, leader of Inverclyde Council and co-chair of Scotland's Education Recovery Group, councillor Stephen McCabe suggested councils were surprised to hear blended learning plans described by the government as a "contingency" this week, and that there may be "a bit of demotivation on the back of that”.

McCabe also said the 2 metre rule would make full time schooling “impossible”.

New continuity bill 'not strong enough', warn Scottish Greens

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government’s new continuity bill must be strengthened if it is to protect Scotland’s environment, food standards and wildlife from the Conservative party’s reckless deregulated Brexit, the Scottish Greens have said.

At Parliament’s constitution committee, Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell said the intention of the bill was to have “no gap” between Scottish and European standards.

Responding, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

Patrick Harvie launches campaign for hospitality workers

Fri 19 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has called on the UK Government to extend its job retention scheme to support hospitality workers.

The Glasgow MSP today (Friday 19 June) launches a campaign to support and protect hospitality workers as Scotland gets back to work.

The launch comes after phase two restrictions announced by the Scottish Government mean pubs and restaurants remain closed for the time being, and as Scotland’s unemployment rate becomes the highest among all the UK nations.

Community must be at heart of Cairngorm Mountain future

Thu 18 Jun, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Auditor General’s report: Highlands and Islands Enterprise Management of Cairngorm Mountain and Funicular Railway, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said: 

Scottish Greens win protection for Mountain Hares

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens have won protection for Scotland’s Mountain Hares after the Scottish Government agreed to back Alison Johnstone’s amendment to the Wildlife bill.

Mountain hare populations have declined considerably since the 1950s, with an average of 26,000 killed every year in recreational killing and mass killing on grouse moors. Last year the species conservation status was downgraded to ‘unfavourable’ after EU data exposed the decline.

Councils could cut jobs to deliver schools return

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Councils could be forced to cut jobs and services in other areas to deliver a return to school in August, it has emerged.

At the Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 committee, chief executive of Highland council Donna Manson told Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer there were “additional costs” associated with reopening schools at 50% attendance in August.

These include additional teachers and support staff, as well as providing additional buildings to accommodate safe distancing measures.

FMQs: Investment needed to create thousands of green jobs

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Scotland can tackle the climate crisis, build a thriving renewable energy industry and develop the green jobs we need at the heart of our economic recovery, said Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

Scottish Greens slam decision to scrap DFID  

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Responding to reports that the UK Government will scrap the Department for International Development, merge its functions with the Foreign Office and “squeeze” the international aid budget, Scottish Greens External Affairs Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“This is a nasty attempt to play to the worst instincts of Boris Johnson’s rich mates. Britain has a long, brutal legacy of wrongdoing across the world and the international development programme is one small way in which the government has sought to make amends for that.

Scotland misses climate targets again

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Scottish Government has missed its climate emissions target for the second year in in a row, it has emerged.

Figures on greenhouse gas emissions for 2018 show that Scotland’s climate emissions increased and the target was missed by a significant margin, largely because of an increase in emissions from the power sector, where fossil fuel use increased by half. Emissions from homes increased by 3.4 per cent and transport remains the largest source of emissions.