Report reveals short-term let problems facing the capital

Fri 7 Apr, 2017

A report detailing the scale of the problem with “short-term lets” in Scotland’s capital has been published by a Green MSP.

The publication by Andy Wightman MSP, the Scottish Greens’ housing spokesperson, shows there are more than 6200 properties available in Edinburgh for short term letting and that more than half of these are entire homes where the owner is not present.

Electrofishing trial decision criticised by Greens

Tue 4 Apr, 2017

The Scottish Greens have criticised a Scottish Government decision to launch a trial of electrofishing for razor clams, a fishing technique that uses a low electric current.

Aviation tax: Harvie renews call for rethink

Tue 4 Apr, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has renewed his call for Scottish Ministers to rethink their plans to slash taxes for the aviation industry.

Holyrood's Finance Committee today publishes its initial report having scrutinised the Government's proposal for a 50% cut in Air Departure Tax, the replacement for Air Passenger Duty, the aim of which is to increase flights.

Mr Harvie, a member of the committee, said:

Here’s how we create healthier, wealthier children

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 31 Mar, 2017

This year, some parents leaving hospital with newborn babies in their arms have also been taking home a baby box.  Providing a bundle of essentials like clothes, books and blankets can help to take some of the stress out of preparing for a new arrival. This is welcome, but we need to keep in mind that many new families need much more than a baby box to give their newborn the best start in life.

Greer welcomes review of PSE, guidance and counselling in schools

Thu 30 Mar, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 March) welcomed Scottish Ministers' announcement that they will review Personal and Social Education (PSE), and guidance and counselling services in schools, as part of a new mental health strategy.

Mr Greer recently had the parliament’s Education & Skills committee hold a roundtable on PSE and has repeatedly questioned the Education Secretary on the issue.

Ross said:

Finnie welcomes decision to retain autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Thu 30 Mar, 2017

John Finnie MSP, Rural & Island Communities spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 March) welcomed Scottish Ministers' decision to retain an autonomous Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Mr Finnie first raised concerns about plans to centralise control of HIE with the First Minister in September last year.

John said:

Greens call on public to push government towards fracking ban

Thu 30 Mar, 2017

Public participation in a fracking consultation could be the key to finally seeing the Scottish Government ban the hazardous practice, a Green MSP has said at Holyrood.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, Mark Ruskell responded to a ministerial statement on “Unconventional Oil and Gas” by saying that the government’s current, “legally shaky” moratorium” must become a ban “as soon as possible”.

Wightman uses FMQs to raise issue of Scottish firms used by criminals to launder £4billion

Thu 30 Mar, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman today (30 March) used First Minister's Questions to raise the issue of Scottish shell firms being used by criminals to launder £4billion out of Russia.

Mr Wightman has been pursuing the issue of Scottish Limited Partnerships since being elected as an MSP last May.

Following FMQs, Andy said:

Harvie raises Westminster power grab concerns at First Minister's Questions

Thu 30 Mar, 2017

Green co-convener Patrick Harvie today used First Minister’s Questions to raise concerns about the UK government’s failure to “entrench” the permanence of the Scottish Parliament and its intention to “hoard” powers repatriated from Brussels.

The Glasgow MSP reminded the chamber that the Scottish people voted in favour of a Scottish Parliament, by 74%, in 1997 and urged the First Minister to ensure that the Westminster government does not “bypass” Holyrood in relevant sections of the Repeal Bill.

Our biggest ever Council campaign, with a record 219 candidates aiming to put power in people's hands

Wed 29 Mar, 2017

The Scottish Greens today (29 March) confirmed their biggest ever Council campaign, with a record 219 candidates aiming to put power in people's hands.

With today's deadline for nominating candidates passed, the Greens are confident of building on existing councillor numbers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian and Stirling, and making breakthroughs in most other local authorities.