Ross Greer comments on new West Scotland restrictions 

Mon 7 Sep, 2020

Commenting on the announcement that new coronavirus restrictions will be applied to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire, Scottish Greens West Scotland MSP Ross Greer said:

“These measures are deeply unfortunate but absolutely necessary. We’re facing a really alarming situation here in the West of Scotland and unless these new guidelines are followed, a much stricter lockdown could become necessary. We all have to do what it takes to save lives and protect the health of those around us. 

Flu vaccine must be available to school staff say Greens 

Fri 4 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has called on the Scottish Government to extend flu vaccine eligibility to teachers and other school staff. 

Earlier this week the Scottish Government announced in its Programme for Government that it would extend the eligibility for the flu vaccine to everyone over the age of 55, social care workers and those who live with ‘shielding’ people. Now, Mr Greer is calling on ministers to go further and extend the programme to school staff too. 

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Internal market leak shows Tories taking contempt to new levels

Thu 3 Sep, 2020

A leaked photograph showing the UK Government preparing to introduce its "power grab" internal market bill reveals that the Tories are taking their contempt for Scotland to new levels, says Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP.

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Scotland needs winter evictions ban

Wed 2 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens Housing Spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has called for a winter eviction ban to be implemented, highlighting figures from the Housing and Property Chamber First-tier tribunal for Scotland which show that in the past week 28 eviction orders were granted by the housing tribunal despite SNP claims that evictions are effectively banned.

Greens call for First Minister to pay student paramedics 

Wed 2 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman has this afternoon called on the Scottish Government to establish a bursary scheme for student paramedics.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions Mr Wightman highlighted the Pay Student Paramedics campaign, urging the First Minister to establish a bursary similar to that available to student nurses.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Greens comment on new restrictions in Glasgow and the West

Tue 1 Sep, 2020

Commenting on the imposition of new coronavirus guidance in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire, Scottish Greens Co-Leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said: 

“Most people in Scotland have shown great commitment to achieving control of the virus, and understand that we must do everything possible to eliminate community transmission. But there is no reason for complacency. 

Scottish Greens: Govt must step up urgency and scale on climate

Tue 1 Sep, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon’s programme for government fails to respond to the climate emergency with the necessary urgency and scale, the Scottish Greens have said.

The Scottish Greens have campaigned for a green jobs fund, as well as for a package of measures to support tenants in the private rented sector and to end homelessness and fuel poverty. The First Minister’s statement includes modest moves on both issues, but without the scale of investment needed.

COSLA backing for Andy Wightman council laws

Tue 1 Sep, 2020

Scottish councils have backed new proposed laws by Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman to empower local authorities.

Programme for Government: Five-point housing plan will kickstart green recovery

Mon 31 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called on the First Minister to adopt his party’s five-point housing plan to kickstart a green recovery when she outlines her programme for government on Tuesday.

Mr Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to grasp the nettle and deliver action that would support private tenants, free up housing currently used for short term lets, and create thousands of jobs.

Park of Keir: Planning minister must reject application 

Mon 31 Aug, 2020

Save Park of Keir!

Scottish Greens Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has called on the Scottish Government to throw out an unsuitable planning application for an area of greenbelt between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan that was controversially conditionally approved three years ago today (30 August).