Scottish Government must reveal cost of Christmas easing

Tue 24 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Government must publish its assessment of the human cost in preparing to relax restrictions around Christmas, the Scottish Greens have said.

As the First Minister announced the latest local tiers across Scotland, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone pointed to the fact that figures show positive cases are still well above the World Health Organisation’s threshold of five per cent.

Confusingly, the First Minister responded by suggesting she would advise people to stick with restrictions even when she lifts them for Christmas.

Soaring rents shows need for rent controls

Tue 24 Nov, 2020

Rising private rents across Scotland reveal the failure of the SNP’s flagship rent pressure zones policy and the need for proper rent controls, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman has said.

Scottish Greens response to suicide statistics

Tue 24 Nov, 2020

Commenting on new statistics revealing that there were 833 probable suicides registered in Scotland in 2019, which is an increase from 784 in 2018, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Swinney must deliver school testing

Mon 23 Nov, 2020

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has renewed calls on John Swinney to improve school safety after a survey published by EIS revealed that fewer than one third of teachers feel safe at school, while another from NASUWT shows that an overwhelming majority of teachers feel that control measures in their schools are inadequate.

Tories set to punish pandemic workers

Fri 20 Nov, 2020

Responding to reports that the Chancellor is set to announce a public sector pay freeze, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“It is absolutely unacceptable that those who have served in our emergency services, hospitals and schools throughout this pandemic could be handed a real terms pay cut by this cruel Tory Government.

More support needed for people to self-isolate

Thu 19 Nov, 2020

Low compliance rates show more support is needed for those who lack resources or space to self-isolate, the Scottish Greens have said.

At FMQS the First Minister could not say whether promised access to hotel rooms for people self-isolating has happened.

Parliament backs Scottish Green proposals for safer schools

Thu 19 Nov, 2020

MSPs have backed Scottish Green proposals to make schools safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite efforts to block it by the Scottish Government, ministers have been urged to provide more protection for vulnerable staff and pupils, including offering regular tests and employing more teachers to cover absences.

SNP blocks declaration of a nature emergency

Wed 18 Nov, 2020

The Scottish Parliament has missed the opportunity to declare a nature emergency, after the SNP blocked the vote with an amendment congratulating the Scottish Government instead.

If passed, the Scottish Green motion would have made Scotland the first country to formally recognise the rapid decline in species populations as an emergency.

Windfall tax to pay for COVID recovery proposed at parliament

Wed 18 Nov, 2020

A windfall tax on businesses that are making enormous profits from lockdown has been raised at the Scottish Parliament by Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell.

Supermarkets and online retailers are recording rises in pre-tax profits at a time when many small businesses are facing extinction because of COVID-related restrictions.

At the Scottish Parliament’s COVID committee, Mark Ruskell proposed a windfall tax to support a fair recovery and protect the high street.

Scotland surpasses 5000 coronavirus deaths

Wed 18 Nov, 2020

Commenting on figures published by NRS, showing that 5,135 coronavirus deaths have been registered in Scotland, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP said: