Clarity needed about impact of proposed Council Tax changes on water bills

Wed 28 Sep, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today called for the Scottish Government to clarify whether its changes to Council Tax will also mean increased water bills for consumers.

At Holyrood's Local Government committee Mr Wightman highlighted the lack of public communication about the proposed increases to the upper bands of Council Tax, bands which are used to calculate charges for water and sewerage services. Scottish Water bills are collected by local authorities.

We must provide the time and space that teachers need

Wed 28 Sep, 2016

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today urged more support for teachers to deliver up-to-date Personal & Social Education (PSE).

BBC must commit to long-term production of Scottish content

Tue 27 Sep, 2016

Senior representatives from the BBC were told today (27 Sept) by a Green MSP that the broadcaster must do more to commit to the long-term production of Scottish television content. 

Ross Greer MSP raised concerns with the BBC’s deputy director-general and Scotland director that external production companies are being offered better long-term contracts than companies already based in Scotland. This came after concerns were raised in the previous committee session by expert witnesses from Scottish production companies.

People are being forced into renting due to unaffordable property prices

Tue 27 Sep, 2016

Commenting on figures showing the number of families living in privately rented homes has almost tripled since Holyrood was established, Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Concerns about bulk data collection remain

Tue 27 Sep, 2016

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today renewed concerns over the bulk collection of communications data under the Westminster Government's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill.

Mr Finnie raised concerns with police chiefs and the Justice Secretary as Holyrood's Justice Committee discussed the Legislative Consent Motion MSPs will be invited to approve to enable the devolved aspects of the Bill to take effect.

Ineos’ bullish behaviour is utterly misplaced

Tue 27 Sep, 2016

Responding to comments by Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe, Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

PM unwilling to recognise pro-EU mood in Scotland say Greens

Mon 26 Sep, 2016

Comments by the Prime Minister suggesting that Scotland does not care about European Union membership have been challenged by the Scottish Greens.

Writing in Holyrood magazine, Theresa May says “the union which really matters to Scotland” is not the EU, prompting criticism from Ross Greer MSP who says the Prime Minster should instead be “spelling out her intentions” to safeguard the free movement of people.

GPs, nurses & pharmacists must have resources to prevent a crisis

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 23 Sep, 2016

The decision of the UK government to impose a contract on junior doctors in England has led to an ongoing employment battle that shows no signs of ending soon. In Scotland the symptoms of our own GP crisis are developing.

Progress on common land law

Fri 23 Sep, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Law Commission will consider the repeal of an archaic piece of legislation which allowed landowners to divide and privatise vast swathes of common land.

In January this year Green MSPs lodged amendments to the Land Reform Bill seeking to repeal the Division of Commonties Act 1695, resulting in ministers announcing a review of common land legislation.

FM asked to work with Greens to stop sanctions in Scotland

Thu 22 Sep, 2016

Patrick Harvie asked the First Minister today to confirm there will be no Scottish sanctions when powers over welfare are devolved to Holyrood.