Our MSPs welcome Continuity Bill designed to maintain European standards in areas of devolved responsibility

Tue 27 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (27 Feb) welcomed the introduction to Parliament of a Continuity Bill designed to maintain European standards in areas of devolved responsibility such as agriculture, environment, justice and health, rather than allowing the UK Government to "assault" the devolution settlement with its EU Withdrawal Bill.

Scottish Greens Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Johnstone urges Scot Gov to be prepared to rethink rate of minimum pricing of alcohol

Mon 26 Feb, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (26 Feb) urged the Scottish Government to be prepared to rethink the rate of minimum unit pricing of alcohol amid concern that sticking with the original proposal of 50p a unit could reduce the policy's effectiveness.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's national academy of science, has urged a 60p rate to take into account inflation since the 50p rate was first proposed in 2011.

Scotland can’t remain one of the world's climate leaders if we stand still

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 23 Feb, 2018

“If the world follows the lead of Scotland and makes its claim with these long-term targets and the rallying of business and civic and political leaders, then it's clear which direction we're going.” These are the words of former US vice president Al Gore, whose sobering documentary An Inconvenient Truth laid bare the harsh realities of our changing climate and the impacts on the planet if we don’t take urgent action.

Johnstone wins action on hated benefits assessments

Thu 22 Feb, 2018

Scottish Greens today successfully pushed for a duty to be placed on government to consider existing evidence before ordering additional assessments for devolved social security benefits.

Assessments for the controversial Personal Independence Payment, which thousands of Scots have been called for, can be stressful and humiliating and in many cases not necessary because there is sufficient existing medical and other evidence.

Greer condemns Scottish Ministers for supporting Prestwick US military operations

Thu 22 Feb, 2018

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) condemned Scottish Ministers for their support of government-owned Prestwick Airport’s use as a staging post for US military operations and for the contradictory statements made while trying to avoid scrutiny regarding this position.

Arts organisations right to lose all confidence in Creative Scotland, says Greer

Thu 22 Feb, 2018

Ross Greer MSP, Culture & Media spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, used today's (22 Feb) meeting of Holyrood's Culture Committee to tell the Chief Executive of Creative Scotland that many arts organisations would be right to have lost all confidence in the organisation over its recent round of regular funding grants.

Striking university staff backed by Greens

Thu 22 Feb, 2018

University and College Union members striking from today, in the largest industrial action seen in the university sector for many years, have the full support of the Scottish Greens says an MSP from the party.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ education spokesperson, also says the proposed changes to staff pensions are wrong and will lead to talent leaving higher education.

Greer, a West of Scotland MSP, said:

Green budget deals have stemmed local austerity; it's time to empower a fairer system of local taxation

Wed 21 Feb, 2018

With the Scottish Parliament expected tonight (5.15pm, 21 Feb) to approve the Green budget deal, which delivers an extra £170million for local council services, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP has published a letter he has written to the First Minister, arguing for a step change in local government funding.

Cuts to councils more than reversed as Green MSPs prepare to pass the Budget Bill

Wed 21 Feb, 2018

A raft of proposed cuts to councils in Scotland, totalling £157m, will be “more than reversed” today (21 Feb) says Patrick Harvie, as Green MSPs prepare to vote to pass the Budget Bill.

The Stage 3 debate at Holyrood will see parliament approve the Greens’ deal for an extra £170m for council services and for a fairer system of Income Tax.

Fairer system of Income Tax shows Green influence

Tue 20 Feb, 2018

On the UN’s World Day of Social Justice (20 Feb) and ahead of tonight's vote in parliament to set a fairer system of Income Tax, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP pointed to analysis showing his party's influence means most Scots (56 per cent) will pay less tax in the coming year, while the richest ten per cent of households will pay more.