BBC must commit to long-term production of Scottish content

27 September, 2016 - 17:02

Senior representatives from the BBC were told today (27 Sept) by a Green MSP that the broadcaster must do more to commit to the long-term production of Scottish television content. 

Ross Greer MSP raised concerns with the BBC’s deputy director-general and Scotland director that external production companies are being offered better long-term contracts than companies already based in Scotland. This came after concerns were raised in the previous committee session by expert witnesses from Scottish production companies.

People are being forced into renting due to unaffordable property prices

27 September, 2016 - 15:35

Commenting on figures showing the number of families living in privately rented homes has almost tripled since Holyrood was established, Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Concerns about bulk data collection remain

27 September, 2016 - 14:38

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today renewed concerns over the bulk collection of communications data under the Westminster Government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill.

Mr Finnie raised concerns with police chiefs and the Justice Secretary as Holyrood's Justice Committee discussed the Legislative Consent Motion MSPs will be invited to approve to enable the devolved aspects of the Bill to take effect.

Ineos’ bullish behaviour is utterly misplaced

27 September, 2016 - 12:42

Responding to comments by Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe, Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

PM unwilling to recognise pro-EU mood in Scotland say Greens

26 September, 2016 - 14:44

Comments by the Prime Minister suggesting that Scotland does not care about European Union membership have been challenged by the Scottish Greens.

Writing in Holyrood magazine, Theresa May says “the union which really matters to Scotland” is not the EU, prompting criticism from Ross Greer MSP who says the Prime Minster should instead be “spelling out her intentions” to safeguard the free movement of people.

GPs, nurses & pharmacists must have resources to prevent a crisis

Alison Johnstone MSP 23 Sep 2016 - 1:44pm

The decision of the UK government to impose a contract on junior doctors in England has led to an ongoing employment battle that shows no signs of ending soon. In Scotland the symptoms of our own GP crisis are developing.

Progress on common land law

23 September, 2016 - 12:43

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Law Commission will consider the repeal of an archaic piece of legislation which allowed landowners to divide and privatise vast swathes of common land.

In January this year Green MSPs lodged amendments to the Land Reform Bill seeking to repeal the Division of Commonties Act 1695, resulting in ministers announcing a review of common land legislation.

FM asked to work with Greens to stop sanctions in Scotland

22 September, 2016 - 16:05

Patrick Harvie asked the First Minister today to confirm there will be no Scottish sanctions when powers over welfare are devolved to Holyrood.

Our proposals highlight how unfair the Government’s Council Tax plans are

22 September, 2016 - 09:39

The Scottish Greens today (22 Sept) outline alternative proposals to amend Council Tax to highlight how regressive and unfair the Scottish Government’s plans are.

Lothian MSP and prominent local democracy campaigner Andy Wightman will say in Holyrood’s Reforming Local Taxation debate that the outdated system means that most properties are in the wrong band. 

Alison secures commitment over project that helps children in poverty

21 September, 2016 - 16:17

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today secured a commitment from the Health Secretary to roll out a project that improves the health of children in poverty by boosting family incomes. 
In a Holyrood debate on the NHS, Alison highlighted the Greens' desire to see Glasgow's Healthier Wealthier Children project applied across the country. The project involves midwives and health visitors helping low income families access financial support and is backed by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health.