Plans by Scottish Ministers to raise 40% income tax threshold are hypocritical

Thu 8 Dec, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today used General Questions at Holyrood to challenge the Finance Secretary over a "hypocritical" proposed tax cut for high earners.

In the coming financial year, higher rate taxpayers in Scotland, such as MSPs and Ministers, will receive a tax cut of around £178 a year. 

Harvie criticises DWP plans to close Glasgow job centres

Wed 7 Dec, 2016

The decision by the Department for Work and Pensions to close half of the jobcentres in Glasgow has been criticised by the Green MSP for the city.

Scottish Greens’ co-convener, Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“While it’s good that the DWP says no jobs will be lost as a result of this, staff will be looking for more certainty on what their future working arrangements will be, especially as we get closer to Christmas. For those out of work, the UK government seems to be going out of its way to make the prospect of finding employment even more difficult.

Harvie: Westminster unlikely to listen to Dugdale proposals

Wed 7 Dec, 2016

Responding to a speech by the Scottish Labour leader in London this morning, Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, has said the proposals are unlikely to go ahead because the Westminster government “appears unwilling to consider far more modest proposals”.

Glasgow MSP, Patrick Harvie said:

Ministers must reverse decision to abolish agency boards

Wed 7 Dec, 2016

Ross Greer MSP, Education & Skills spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Dec) challenged Scottish Ministers to walk back their decision to merge the boards of the Scottish Funding Council, Skills Development Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise before fully understanding the implications.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Education committee, Mr Greer highlighted the threat to university funding from perceptions that the proposed single board would be too close to government.

We must be bold in our vision for Scotland's energy future

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

Scottish Green MSPs tonight (6 Dec) expressed disappointment after other parties voted down proposals to set a target of Scotland producing half of all the energy it consumes from clean, renewable sources.

The Greens believe the target, which is backed by industry and charities, would help create more jobs, reduce climate change emissions and air pollution, and cut fuel poverty.

Ministers must explore retailer levy if they want to tackle obesity emergency

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Dec) responded to the latest worrying figures on obesity by highlighting the option of a levy on big retailers to reduce the amount of unhealthy food they promote.

Figures show that in 2015, 65 per cent of adults were overweight, including 29 per cent who were obese. 28 per cent of children were at risk of being overweight, including 15 per cent at risk of obesity. And prevalence of Type 2 diabetes continues to increase steadily.

Urgent action needed to tackle fuel poverty say Greens

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

The Greens will pressure the Scottish Government to include measures to eradicating fuel poverty in its forthcoming budget after statistics published today revealed the scale of the problem.

The party’s housing spokesperson Andy Wightman said that while the figures show an improvement in households living in fuel poverty compared to 2014, Scotland is still blighted by it, with 30% of Scots still having to spend more than 10% of their income on household fuel use.

Scotland falling behind in education; investment in teachers needed

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Dec) renewed calls for investment in teachers after figures showed Scotland falling behind in international education rankings.

The PISA statistics (Programme for International Student Assessment) assess 15 year-olds in reading, maths and science.

Ross Greer MSP said:

European Greens agree all options needed to keep Scotland in EU

Sun 4 Dec, 2016

At its Council meeting in Glasgow on Sunday, the European Greens, one of the continent’s major political groupings, passed a resolution stating that ‘all options will be explored to ensure Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gilbraltar and their people can retain their membership of the EU.’ 

Nicola Sturgeon meets Green family helping Scotland to stay in EU

Fri 2 Dec, 2016

Scottish Greens’ co-convener, Patrick Harvie welcomed Nicola Sturgeon to a pro-European gathering in Glasgow today, the largest Scotland has ever held.

The First Minister addressed an audience assembled at the European Green Party Congress in Strathclyde University, where Mr Harvie outlined the need for progressive, pro-European parties to work constructively together. It’s the first time the EGP has held the event in Scotland.