Commitment to listen to Named Person practitioners is welcome

Thu 8 Sep, 2016

Alison Johnstone MSP, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today welcomed a statement in Parliament from Deputy First Minister John Swinney on the Named Person scheme.

A Supreme Court judgement in July confirmed that providing a named person for every child does not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.

Greer says Dungavel replacement must treat people humanely

Thu 8 Sep, 2016

Green MSP Ross Greer says Dungavel’s replacement building in Renfrewshire should not be a carbon copy of the original South Lanarkshire facility.

With the detention centre due to close next year, Greer is now keen for the focus to be on the UK government shifting to a more “humane” immigration outlook.

Green MSP raises Brexit concerns with First Minister

Wed 7 Sep, 2016

The Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson today sought clarification from the First Minister on the funding status of EU students at Scottish universities, an issue noted as a serious concern at this morning’s meeting of the Education & Skills committee.

Council tax & education funding proposals in breach of international law

Wed 7 Sep, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today highlighted how the Scottish Government's proposal to alter Council Tax and appropriate additional funds breaches international law.

Legislation has been set out in Parliament aimed at increasing the top bands of Council Tax, with extra revenue raised by local authorities being taken by the Scottish Government for spending on educational attainment.