Johnstone challenges health minister over breast cancer treatment drug

Thu 31 May, 2018

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today (31 May) challenged Scottish health minister Shona Robison to use government powers to make breast cancer treatment drug Perjeta available on the NHS.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium has repeatedly rejected the drug’s use by the NHS, claiming it is not cost-effective.

However, almost 1,000 breast cancer patients could benefit from this drug every year, some of whom could survive for a further sixteen months

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

Greens welcome recommendations from hate crime report

Thu 31 May, 2018

New recommendations for updating Scotland’s hate crime legislation have been broadly welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

John Finnie MSP, the party’s justice spokesperson, says the recommendations on transgender identity and age hostility are particularly welcome and will provide a “timely update” in making Scotland a more inclusive nation.

Mr Finnie said:

Scotland's capital denied normal European city status due to Scot Gov inaction, warns Wightman

Thu 31 May, 2018

Scotland's capital is being denied "normal European city" status due to Scottish Government inaction on visitor levies, according to Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.

Andy used First Minister's Questions today (31 May) to urge the Scottish Government to bring forward legislation to give local councils powers that municipalities in other European countries take for granted.

Minister dodges Green question on indy visas

Tue 29 May, 2018

A recommendation in the SNP’s growth commission report, suggesting that an independent Scotland could centre its immigration policy on selling so-called ‘golden visas’, has been challenged by a Green MSP.

Patrick Harvie, the Greens’ finance spokesperson, pressed the SNP’s Derek Mackay today at Holyrood to distance himself from the proposal to sell visas to super-rich migrants and instead choose an “open and welcoming approach”.

Serious changes are needed to the Planning Bill if it is to avoid defeat, warns Wightman

Tue 29 May, 2018

Serious changes are needed to the government's proposed Planning Bill if it is to avoid defeat, according to Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.
Speaking in this afternoon's Stage One debate on the Bill at Holyrood, in which all opposition parties expressed concerns, Andy said:

Finnie Challenges Minister Over Ferry Contract

Tue 29 May, 2018

Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP today (29 May) challenged Scottish Ministers to overhaul their "opportunistic" attitude toward ferry services between Orkney, Shetland and the Scottish mainland.

Mr Finnie, a Highlands and Islands MSP, has written to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf following last week's announcement from the Scottish Government that it will put the Northern Isles ferry services out to commercial tender, rather than bringing them into the public sector.

This is no time to rein in our ambitions on tackling climate change

Mark Ruskell MSP Tue 29 May, 2018

Warm, cheap-to-heat housing, affordable trains and convenient local bus services, and good food with minimal waste – everyone’s lives could be so much better if we seize the opportunity presented by Scotland’s new climate change laws.

Who owns Scotland? It’s time to end the secrecy and the costs

Andy Wightman MSP Sat 26 May, 2018

Over the past two years I have been involved in a number of cases raised by constituents that involve trying to find out who owns land and property. Cases range from a business trying to expand, residents trying to secure common repairs and constituents living in tenements with growing numbers of short-term lets. In each such case, folk want to find out easily, speedily and affordably who owns land or property that has a direct impact on their lives. All too often, however, they can’t do so. One constituent was told it would cost her £150 to find out who owned five flats in her stair.

Growth Commission contribution welcome but GDP approach is flawed

Fri 25 May, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (25 May) described the SNP's Sustainable Growth Commission report as a long overdue contribution to the debate on Scotland's future.

But he warned that it continued the flawed approach taken by governments of all hues in promoting policies which put GDP growth ahead of improving people's quality of life or achieving a sustainable economy.

Patrick said:

Johnstone welcomes funding for councils to research Universal Basic Income

Thu 24 May, 2018

Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today (24 May) welcomed the award of £250,000 to 4 Local Authorities to conduct research into Universal Basic Income (UBI), a longstanding Scottish Green Party policy.

The Scottish Government’s Citizens Basic Income Feasibility Studies Fund will award the full amount to a joint bid from Local Authorities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire and Fife.

Alison Johnstone MSP said: