Greens call for Scotland games to be shown free on TV

Mon 7 Nov, 2016

A Green MSP is campaigning for all of Scotland’s qualification football matches to be made available to watch on terrestrial television.

Ahead of Scotland’s game against England on Friday (11 Nov), Alison Johnstone MSP is calling for the SFA to sign a deal with a free-to-air broadcaster to allow more fans to watch Scotland attempt to qualify for a major tournament. Matches involving Gordon Strachan’s team are broadcast exclusively on Sky until 2018.

We must prevent police withdrawal from communities

Mon 7 Nov, 2016

John Finnie MSP,  Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has today (7 Nov) written to the Chief Constable after it emerged that dozens of police stations are under threat of closure. 

Buildings in 58 locations are being reviewed.

Details have emerged in response to a Freedom of Information request from BBC Scotland.

John Finnie, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

Minority government could mean better dialogue, law & budgets

Patrick Harvie MSP Sat 5 Nov, 2016

Many people in Scotland will be disappointed with the modesty of reforms to the council tax agreed by MSPs this week.

The Scottish Government often talks about how decisions on Scotland’s future would be best taken at the Scottish Parliament rather than at Westminster – and Greens agree.

Greer: Concerns for safety of arrested Turkish MP

Fri 4 Nov, 2016

Green MSP Ross Greer has raised concerns for the safety of a Turkish MP he sponsors after it emerged she was arrested last night.

Level heads prevail over Council Tax

Thu 3 Nov, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, welcomed tonight's vote in Parliament which enables changes to Council Tax and saw the Scottish Government forced to accept widespread concerns about their approach to local taxation.

Ministers had attempted to amend Mr Wightman's amendment to the Government motion, in a bid to delete modest criticisms of the Government. 

On Council Tax changes, the ball is firmly in the SNP’s court

Thu 3 Nov, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (3 Nov) questioned the behaviour of the SNP minority Government for attempting to delete criticism of their plan to adjust rather than scrap Council Tax.

 

GP practice payments for deprived areas not enough say Greens

Wed 2 Nov, 2016

The difference in payments per head to GP practices in the most and least deprived areas does not do enough to tackle health inequalities says a Green MSP.

Alison Johnstone, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, believes the difference of £3.97 per person should be considerably more, considering that practices in areas listed as Scotland’s most deprived by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation see significantly more patients than in less deprived areas.

New tax powers should be used to protect services & make Scotland fairer

Wed 2 Nov, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (2 Nov) welcomed comments by economic experts on the creation of new income tax bands to raise revenues for public services.

Speaking at Holyrood's Finance Committee, David Bell, Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, suggested opting for a "Scandinavian solution", where additional tax bands are created between the current 20p basic rate and the higher 40p rate, to generate additional funds.

Green MSP demands answers on RBS role in controversial US pipeline

Wed 2 Nov, 2016

A Green MSP has written to the boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) urgently seeking a meeting to discuss the bank’s involvement in the controversial Bakken pipeline project in the United States.

Scotland can reject cruel approach to benefits

Tue 1 Nov, 2016

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 Nov) urged the Scottish Government to use new devolved powers to stop an estimated 20,000 Scottish children being punished by the Westminster Government's lower benefits cap.

The Chartered Institute of Housing says that households will lose up to £115 per week, affecting 7,000 families in Scotland from next week. The CIH says families will face a substantial gap between their rent and the help they receive to pay for their housing, prompting fears that more people will become homeless.