Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 1 Oct, 2018

This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day "Climate Week", no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd.

We need a Scottish immigration policy based on our humanitarian & welcoming culture

Maggie Chapman Fri 28 Sep, 2018

Immigration has been central to the politics of the EU Referendum.

People in most political parties supporting the Leave campaign got involved in immigrant bashing. People in most political parties on the remain side talked about “controls on immigration”. We had vans being driven round our cities telling immigrants to “go home”.

Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children's services at St John's

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today hit out at Scottish Ministers for a "complete lack of urgency" over long-running staffing issues that have reduced children's services at St John's hospital in Livingston.

Responding to a statement in Parliament by the Health Secretary, Alison said:

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.

Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland's social security system

Wed 26 Sep, 2018

Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone today (26 Sep) welcomed a new approach to assessments for disability benefits under Scotland's devolved social security system.

Earlier this year, Alison successfully amended the Social Security Bill to do away with assessments of people’s health or disability in order to claim for a devolved benefit, unless the information cannot be obtained through any other means.

Today the new Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville confirmed that this principle will be at the core of the new system.

Food insecurity must prompt SNP Ministers to think again about top-up of Child Benefit

Tue 25 Sep, 2018

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP is calling on SNP Ministers to rethink their refusal to top-up Child Benefit and to fully mitigate the Benefit Cap after new research showed almost one-in-ten Scots are worried about running out of food due to lack of money.

For the first time the Scottish Health Survey has asked people about food insecurity.

Lack of money meant 8% of adults worried about running out of food, 7% ate less than they should, and 4% did run out of food.

 

Safer streets a step nearer as Ruskell publishes member's bill

Mon 24 Sep, 2018

Safer streets are a step nearer after Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell published his member's bill, which aims to lower the speed limit in built-up areas from 30 to 20mph. 

The proposal, which enjoys strong public support and received over 2,000 responses in a consultation last year, is backed by a range of health experts, safety campaigners and record-breaking Scots cyclist Mark Beaumont. It is also supported by the leaders of Glasgow and Edinburgh city councils. 

Greer welcomes judgement from Court of Session on Article 50 case

Fri 21 Sep, 2018

The Court of Session today issued an opinion in favour of a group of politicians, which means that they can ask the European Court of Justice to rule on whether Article 50 can be revoked, stopping Brexit.

The group includes Scottish Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer, Labour MEPs David Martin and Catherine Stihler and SNP MEP Alyn Smith, and was represented by Aidan O’Neill QC and Elaine Motion of Balfour Manson law firm.

Ross Greer MSP, Europe spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Anti-fracking campaigners who exercise their democratic right to protest are heroes

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 21 Sep, 2018

What does a “domestic extremist” look like? Someone wearing a red baseball cap emblazoned with slogans claiming to make their country “great again”? A far-right thug who uses the threat of violence in an attempt to intimidate anyone who looks different from them? Or members of a community peacefully waving home-made placards, campaigning to protect themselves from pollution?

20mph speed limit in built-up areas would save the public up to £40m a year

Thu 20 Sep, 2018

A 20mph speed limit in built-up areas, as proposed by Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, would save the public between £7.8m and £39.9m per year, a new report by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) has estimated. 

An analysis of cost savings was carried out by the GCPH adapted from a model used in an equivalent study in Wales.