We'll keep fighting for Additional Support Needs & local democracy

Wed 30 Nov, 2016

Scottish Green MSPs tonight (30 Nov) pledged to keep up the fight to reverse cuts to Additional Support Needs in schools and end the centralisation of public services, after leading two Holyrood debates on the issues.

In the debate on Additional Support Needs, SNP and Conservative MSPs voted to remove the Green call for a Scottish budget that raises additional revenue to invest in local education priorities.

In the debate on Local Democracy, SNP and Conservative MSPs voted to remove the Greens' endorsement of the cross-party Strengthening Local Democracy report.

Teacher recruitment plans fall short of what's needed

Wed 30 Nov, 2016

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 Nov) said funding from the Scottish Government to bring new teachers into the profession falls short of what's needed.

Education Secretary John Swinney has announced £1million to persuade former teachers to return and for fast-tracking of graduates.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Greens lead Holyrood debates on education and ending centralisation

Wed 30 Nov, 2016

Scottish Green MSPs will today (30 Nov) lead two Holyrood debates on issues key to the forthcoming council elections.

Education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP will lead a debate on the need to reverse cuts to Additional Support Needs in schools, while Local Government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP will lead a debate on the need to strengthen local democracy and end 50 years of centralisation of public services.

Good to see action against rogue landlords

Tue 29 Nov, 2016

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, today (29 Nov) reacted to news that six landlords in the Govanhill area of Glasgow have been barred by the city council and will now face criminal prosecution.

The landlords failed to provide a range of certification including an enhanced criminal record check, buildings insurances, energy performance, gas safety and confirmation that tenants received tenant information packs.

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, said:

Scottish consent for ‘Hard Brexit’ unlikely says Green MSP

Tue 29 Nov, 2016

A meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly has heard that they should not expect the Scottish Parliament to consent to a damaging Brexit deal that the country didn’t vote for.

We must ensure we’re not simply shifting NHS pressures

Tue 29 Nov, 2016

Responding to publication of a new strategy which aims to free up hospital outpatient appointments by referring some patients to community healthcare professionals, Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Better ASN provision is one of the best ways to close the attainment gap

Mon 28 Nov, 2016

Commenting on the call from the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition for the Scottish Government and Scotland’s 32 Councils to increase funding for children and young people with Additional Support Needs, Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

European Greens meeting in Glasgow to discuss keeping Scotland in Europe

Sun 27 Nov, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP and Nicola Sturgeon are to attend Scotland’s largest pro-European event since the EU referendum, hosted by the Scottish Greens this Friday (2 Dec).

The European Green Party will hold its 25th council meeting in Glasgow where the First Minister will join with Green MSPs, MEPs and other politicians to discuss Scotland’s place in Europe following the referendum result in Scotland where 62% voted to Remain. 

New national tests risk a move back to unhealthy league-tables

Fri 25 Nov, 2016

Responding to publication of details of the national standardised assessments for primary and secondary schools, Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

The Scottish budget must be a bold, anti-poverty budget

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 25 Nov, 2016

Sometimes in politics a simple phrase gets lodged into everyone’s consciousness, framing a debate. This is sometimes deliberate, but it can happen by accident too. As Scotland approaches the first budget in which meaningful tax decisions will be made, one example of this needs to be challenged.