New deal for tenants needed as evictions spike looms

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

Tenants need a new deal to provide security, as many face rising personal debt and eviction as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the Scottish Greens have said.

In his statement, Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell confirmed a Private Rented Sector Resilience Group will only look at existing emergency laws, not at how to protect tenants in the future. 

Failure to regularly test NHS staff “indefensible” 

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Government’s failure to introduce regular, routine Covid19 testing for NHS staff is “indefensible” according to Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP. 

Ms Johnstone questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Health in parliament this afternoon noting, “scores of examples of blanket testing detecting large numbers of individuals with Covid without even knowing it”

Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

Harvie welcomes establishment of BAME expert reference group 

Tue 9 Jun, 2020

Welcoming an announcement from the First Minister at her daily press briefing that she is to establish an, “Expert reference group to assess the impact of the virus on minority ethnic communities,” Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Scotland seems unwilling or unable to come to terms to come to terms with its history

Patrick Harvie MSP Tue 9 Jun, 2020

As if the Covid19 pandemic itself was not enough to deal with, the world is watching the horrifying events in the United States, where systematic police brutality is being endorsed and encouraged by racism at the highest political level.

Scottish Greens stand in solidarity with those who are taking to the streets in the US and around the world to express their anger and to make it clear that Black Lives Matter.

Scottish Greens respond to indyref poll

Fri 5 Jun, 2020

Responding to the publication of a Panelbase poll showing 52% of definitive respondents support independence, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

Labour accused of turning its back on biggest trade union 

Fri 5 Jun, 2020

Richard Leonard has been accused of turning his back of Scotland’s biggest trade union after reports emerged that he is to harden his opposition to indyref2. 

Concerns over wildlife crime during lockdown

Thu 4 Jun, 2020

‘Concerning’ wildlife crime during lockdown shows why greater protection and enforcement is needed, the Scottish Greens have said.

Speaking to Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell at Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive of Scottish Natural Heritage, said there has been reports of incidents concerning nesting birds, badgers and freshwater mussels during lockdown.

Weekend is the worst time for lockdown rule changes

Thu 4 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Greens have asked the Scottish Government not to relax lockdown rules on a Friday again, after last weekend saw over one thousand arrests and eight hundred dispersal orders issued by police.

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer, who represents Luss and other Loch Lomond communities badly affected by antisocial behaviour at the weekend, asked Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell to introduce further changes to lockdown rules earlier in the week, to allow for the message that lockdown is not over to be reinforced across multiple days before the weekend.

SNP government must confirm if it funds US police brutality 

Wed 3 Jun, 2020

Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to confirm whether it has provided funding for companies involved in arming US police, who have been heaping violence on protesters in the states. 

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP noted that the First Minister has previously told him that enterprise funding for the arms industry is provided to those in the blue light sector.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

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.