Scottish Greens respond to Prime Minister 

Sun 10 May, 2020

Responding to the Prime Minister’s address this evening, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“The Prime Minister’s decision to effectively rip up the four nations response to Covid19 is reckless. His newly adopted slogan is vague and risks muddying the waters at a time when clarity is required to save lives.  

Scottish Greens respond to change of Covid19 guidance

Sun 10 May, 2020

Responding to the First Minister’s statement this afternoon, Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP said: 

“I welcome confirmation from the First Minister that the Scottish Government will update its guidance to allow additional exercise. This will provide huge benefits for physical and mental health and will come as a particular relief to those without their own garden. 

SQA exam plans may be illegal

Sun 10 May, 2020

Scotland’s equality regulator has raised concerns with the SQA’s proposals to 'moderate' pupil's grades based on their school’s previous performance, prompting fears the plans could be illegal. 

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP challenged the SQA on the issue at Parliament’s Education Committee, highlighting the exam body’s failure to adequately asses the equality impact of its proposal.

Ross Greer MSP said: 

Johnson must not undermine public health 

Sun 10 May, 2020

Speaking ahead of the Prime Minister’s anticipated speech on Sunday evening, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP said: 

“Last week the UK claimed the unenviable position of having the highest number of Covid19 deaths in Europe. Despite this it’s been suggested that Boris Johnson plans to drastically rollback lifesaving lockdown measures to appease his backbenchers. 

Finland UBI success can pave way for Scotland

Fri 8 May, 2020

The success of trials of the Universal Basic Income scheme in Finland can pave the way for Scotland to implement the idea, the Scottish Greens have said.

Public health experts back Scottish Green proposals on testing

Fri 8 May, 2020

Former chief medical officer and respected public health professor Sir Harry Burns has indicated his support for Scottish Green proposals to routinely test health and care workers.

Greens call for Covid to be classed as occupational disease

Thu 7 May, 2020

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has called on the Scottish Government to seek to have Covid-19 classed as an occupational disease, in order that frontline health and care workers are eligible to seek compensation.

Speaking at a virtual parliamentary question session this afternoon, Ms Johnstone highlighted the global debate that is underway on compensation for frontline health and care workers and noted that Belgium has already added Covid-19 to its list of proscribed occupational diseases.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Low Emission Zones delay is public health disaster

Thu 7 May, 2020

The postponement of Low Emission Zones in cities in Scotland is a public health disaster, the Scottish Greens have said.

The decision to shelve the plans, most of which were already considerably underway, comes at a time when the Covid-19 crisis has heightened the urgent need to reduce air pollution.

Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell warned of the impact of a delay to Cab Sec Roseanna Cunningham in the Scottish Parliament , but the Scottish Government has pressed on with delays.

Harvie: FM must move to use full testing capacity

Wed 6 May, 2020

The First Minister must take urgent action to ensure Scotland’s Covid-19 testing capacity is being used, as recent figures suggest around three quarters of capacity is currently going unused.

Increase public stake in buses to help recovery

Wed 6 May, 2020

Increasing the public stake in bus companies will help Scotland ease out of lockdown, the Scottish Greens have said.

The call comes after First Group told Good Morning Scotland the company will find maintaining social distancing on routes “unsustainable” once lockdown is eased.

Scottish Green transport spokesperson John Finnie said: “Scotland can only start to leave lockdown when it is safe to do so, but we need to ensure that when we get moving again, jobs are protected and people are safe.