#SGPConf: Harvie says tax reform is "only way" Government can expect Green support for budget

Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (21 Oct) heard from party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP that tax reform is the "only way" the minority SNP Government can expect Green support for the 2018-19 budget.

Addressing the conference in his keynote speech, Mr Harvie reiterated his call for the SNP to drop their policy of cutting tax for the aviation industry and wealthy frequent fliers.

He said:

Scottish Greens - the Quest

Maggie Chapman Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Good afternoon friends.

 

It really is so good to be here with you all, after quite a year. And it is great to be speaking after Kim and the others who have been so inspiring in their local campaigning. It is good to be reminded that more Council chambers than ever before have Green voices in them.

 

We’ve been calling for it for decades ... it’s good to see Basic Income on the agenda

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Kermit the frog once famously remarked that “It's not easy being green”. Sometimes that feels pretty close to the truth.

One of the most familiar experiences for Greens in politics is how long we have to work on our priorities before other parties to eventually catch up. It can often feel like our policies are launched ten years ahead of their time, giving us a decade to campaign for what feels like radical action after which someone else pinches our policy and it becomes accepted wisdom.

Greens welcome government support for Equal Protection bill

Fri 20 Oct, 2017

A Green MSP’s bill to see children being given ‘equal protection from assault’ has received a renewed commitment from the Scottish Government, with a statement saying they “will ensure it becomes law”.

If enacted, John Finnie’s bill will “give children equal protection from assault by prohibiting the physical punishment of children by parents and others caring for or in charge of children”.

Scottish Labour announced earlier this week that it would also support the bill, saying it is “the right thing to do”.

Public sector pay: Greens hear from nurses and urge real terms rise

Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today urged Scottish Ministers to give public sector workers such as nurses a real-terms pay rise.

Ahead of the Scottish Greens' conference in Edinburgh this weekend (21 and 22 Oct), Ms Johnstone and party co-conveners Patrick Harvie MSP and Maggie Chapman were due today to meet with nurses and officials from the Royal College of Nursing to discuss the pay pressures staff have faced.

Public sector pay: Harvie urges real terms rise

Tue 17 Oct, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today added his voice to calls for public sector workers to be given a real-terms pay rise.

Ahead of discussions with the minority SNP government about the 2018-19 budget, the Greens have argued for a fairer system of income tax rates and bands to reduce inequality and raise extra funds for public services.

Johnstone disappointed at Scottish FA appointing Malky Mackay interim Scotland manager

Fri 13 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Sport spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (13 Oct) expressed disappointment at the Scottish FA appointing performance director Malky Mackay interim Scotland manager following Gordon Strachan's departure.

Mackay was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages he had sent containing discriminatory language.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Too many pupils with mental health challenges are not receiving adequate support in our schools

Ross Greer MSP Fri 13 Oct, 2017

This Tuesday was World Mental Health Day. People all over the world shared personal stories and helped to raise awareness. The day encourages the millions who have suffered from poor mental health in one form or another to speak openly about their experiences and challenge the stigma which has caused so many to suffer in silence. When people speak out, we need to make sure that the right support is available. Right now, that is not the case for young people in Scotland’s schools.   

Our proposals would mean everyone earning less than the average wage would see their income tax reduce

Thu 12 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Green MSPs today (12 Oct) published a report showing how their policy of creating new rates and bands of income tax would make most Scots better off.

It comes after Scottish Ministers said they intend to bring forward a discussion paper on income tax ahead of the 2018-19 draft budget due in December.

Green MSPs gave their support for the 2017-18 budget after ministers agreed to cancel a proposed income tax cut for high earners and reverse proposed cuts of £160million to local council services. 

Leaders of Edinburgh and Glasgow City councils welcome Safer Streets proposal

Sun 8 Oct, 2017

Green MSP Mark Ruskell today welcomed comments from the leaders of both City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council on his proposed safer streets bill, which would reduce the default speed limit on residential roads to 20mph while allowing Councils to keep 30mph limits where appropriate.

Safer Streets: https://greens.scot/saferstreets

The positive comments come as the consultation on the Bill closes: more than 80% of those who responded backed the principle of the proposals.