Johnstone welcomes confirmation that benefit sanctions won’t apply to devolved employment schemes

Wed 4 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (4 Oct) welcomed confirmation from Scottish Ministers that benefit sanctions won’t apply to devolved employment schemes for people with health conditions and disabilities.

Last year Alison led a campaign to persuade ministers to rule out the use of sanctions, as these are shown to trap people in low-wage work with a negative impact on their health.

Scot Govt fracking moratorium extension a step in the right direction

Tue 3 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens have described today's announcement by the Scottish Government that the current temporary moratorium on fracking will be extended "indefinitely" as a step in the right direction.

But Green MSP Mark Ruskell warned that while pressure from Greens and concerned communities has succeeded in forcing an extension of the current planning moratorium, Scottish Ministers only spoke of "no social licence at this time" and did not commit to use environmental regulations and licensing powers to rule out the technology for good.

Our position paper on Brexit outlines risks to human rights, democracy and devolution

Tue 3 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Greens today (3 Oct) published a position paper on Brexit, outlining the risks to human rights, democracy and devolution from the UK Government's Hard Brexit.

The paper - Preparing for Impact  - also lays down challenges to the Scottish Government over its use of devolved powers, and its approach to the living wage and environmental justice.

Greens reveal cost of proposed teacher training scheme

Mon 2 Oct, 2017

Figures produced by the Scottish Greens reveal that it will be significantly more expensive to produce new teachers under a charity’s fast-track scheme, thought to be under consideration by the Scottish Government, than via existing university courses.

Greens demand urgent European Commission intervention in Catalonia

Sun 1 Oct, 2017

A Green MSP is calling for the European Commission to urgently intervene in Catalonia after news reports emerged showing Spanish police attacking and injuring hundreds of peaceful civilians on referendum day.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson, said:

"The images coming out of Catalonia are deeply upsetting. To see Spanish police in full riot gear beating, throwing or firing rubber bullets at voters should be condemned without hesitation by any democrat.

Forget air tax cuts, let's invest in the public transport we all use

John Finnie MSP Fri 29 Sep, 2017

Rail passengers in Scotland will see another rise in regulated rail fares from January next year, this time by 3.6%. So when I heard that the Scottish Government was to announce a transport policy aimed at reducing fares, I thought great! Only, this wasn’t for public transport, but airline tickets.

Johnstone urges action on pay and staffing as survey shows nursing care compromised

Fri 29 Sep, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (29 Sep) urged action on pay and staffing in light of a survey of over 3,000 Royal College of Nursing members in Scotland.

Half of respondents said their last shift was not staffed to the level planned and that care was compromised as a result.

The RCN is calling for increased funding, nursing pay to be increased, and new legislation to guarantee safe staffing.

Case for Air Departure Tax cut now demolished says Harvie

Thu 28 Sep, 2017

The First Minister came under pressure to explain today why the government is pressing ahead with a cut to ADT when three out of four Scots would rather they prioritised spending on everyday public transport.

Plate up for the planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 27 Sep, 2017

Last week I signed up, as over 10,000 people have this summer, to the Plate Up for the Planet campaign. It’s a 7-day pledge to try out a vegan diet, and the idea got a few of us in the Green Group interested. As today is the last day of my pledge, I wanted to get a few thoughts down on how I’ve found it and what, if anything, it might change for me.

Transport Scotland report highlights policy mistakes say Greens

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

The government’s latest Transport and Travel in Scotland report shows the need for ministers to “step up investment” in public transport say the Greens.

Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson John Finnie also says the government needs to “get real” on its transport policy and begin a shift away from investing in the most polluting forms of transport.