FMQs: Nicola Sturgeon urged to cancel Higher exams

Thu 3 Dec, 2020

COVID disruptions to senior pupils learning means the Scottish Government must cancel the Higher and Advanced higher exams and replace them with a robust system of continuous assessment, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Greens first proposed this solution in May when, when it became clear that this academic year would be seriously disrupted. However, the Education Secretary has insisted the decision can be made as late as February.

Andy Wightman wins new evictions crackdown

Thu 3 Dec, 2020

Private tenants in Scotland will get new protections from eviction over Christmas and New Year, after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon agreed to ensure that no sheriff officer can evict someone from their home this winter.

The new regulations come after consistent pressure from Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman, who pushed for greater protections for tenants in the COVID emergency laws in May, and whose campaign for a winter eviction ban gathered over 1,000 signatures.

At last week’s FMQ, Mr Wightman raised the plight of a constituent in West Lothian who is facing eviction.

Greens: mental health support for young people needed

Wed 2 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for more support for mental health services, after figures released by Public Health Scotland have revealed that the number of children and young people who starting treatment at CAMHS has risen by 3.3% since the previous year and that the number being seen within the 18-week standard has fallen by 3.9% [1].

Local democracy boost as Scottish govt backs Wightman bill

Wed 2 Dec, 2020

Local democracy in Scotland is set to be strengthened after the Scottish Government indicated it would back a Scottish Greens bid to give local councils European-style protections from centralisation.

At the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government committee, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell signalled support for Andy Wightman’s European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill, which would give councils democratic guarantees that are normal across Europe.

Greens welcome vaccine progress

Wed 2 Dec, 2020

Welcoming the news that the first COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by the MHRA, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“It is hugely encouraging that the first COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use by the medicines regulator.

“The last ten months have been challenging for everyone and this progress offers some much-needed light at the end of the tunnel. I am immensely grateful to the researchers and the trial volunteers who made this possible.

Greens call for evidence on schools decisions

Tue 1 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Government must publish all evidence on the effect that extending schools’ Christmas holidays or a period of remote learning would have on the spread of Covid, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer raised the issue in Parliament today as other parties joined the Scottish Green calls for the Higher and Advanced Highers exam diet to be cancelled and replaced with a robust system of continuous assessment, given the disruption already experienced by tens of thousands of pupils.

Commenting, Ross Greer said:

Scottish Government accused of Bifab “betrayal”

Tue 1 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Government has been accused of betraying the Bifab workforce and local communities by Scottish Greens Energy Spokesperson, Fife MSP Mark Ruskell.

Scrapping of Flamingo Land Loch Lomond deal backed by 13,000

Tue 1 Dec, 2020

The exclusivity agreement held by Flamingo Land over land at Scotland's iconic Loch Lomond national park must be ended after 13,000 people backed the move, the Scottish Greens have said.

Only the Scottish people can determine their future

Mon 30 Nov, 2020

Responding to the announcements made during the First Minister’s conference speech, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Mark Ruskell comments on Bifab latest

Fri 27 Nov, 2020

Commenting on the statement issued by Bifab's owners this morning, Scottish Greens Energy Spokesperson and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell said:

“The Scottish Government cannot bemoan the fact that it’s a minority shareholder with no seat on the board while at the same time turning down opportunities to step up and become a majority shareholder. Bifab urgently needs a recovery plan that can secure interim work and deliver promised green jobs while the Scottish Government works towards state ownership that is still in line with market rules it has to adhere to.”