Scottish Government failing to futureproof the nursing workforce

Wed 25 Jan, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (25 Jan) highlighted comments from the Royal College of Nursing, who said that "the Scottish Government is failing to futureproof the nursing workforce."

Intake figures show there will be 142 extra student nurses across Scotland in 2017/18. 

Alison said:

"Nurses in Scotland are under severe strain. There are pressing workforce shortages and we know that most nurses in Scotland are aged 45 or older so we need to prepare for future retirement rates.  

Greens push government for referendum bill details

Wed 25 Jan, 2017

The supposed “permanence” of the Scottish Parliament was rendered meaningless by Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling according to a Green MSP.

In response to a government statement, Ross Greer MSP, the party’s external affairs spokesperson, told the Brexit minister Mike Russell that the Greens were equally disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision and asked when a bill for an independence referendum will be introduced.

West of Scotland MSP, Ross Greer said:

We urge Scottish Ministers to protect public services and tackle inequality

Wed 25 Jan, 2017

Ahead of today's Holyrood debate on the draft Scottish budget, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP urged Scottish Ministers to live up to their promise to protect public services and tackle inequality.

Mr Harvie also criticised the Conservatives and Labour for failing to put forward constructive proposals for a better budget, and warned that the Libdems pose a threat to the incomes of low and middle earners.

Patrick said:

Ministers must scrap consultation on raising the bus pass age

Tue 24 Jan, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (24 January) used Topical Questions at Holyrood to challenge Scottish Ministers to scrap a proposed consultation on raising the age at which people qualify for a free bus pass.

Free bus passes for the over-60s and disabled cost about £200 million a year and today Transport Minister Humza Yousaf refused to back down on plans to question the age of eligibility.

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:

Scottish Government adopts Greens’ energy manifesto pledge

Tue 24 Jan, 2017

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the government’s decision to adopt the party’s manifesto commitment of 50% of all energy use being generated from renewables by 2030.

Climate and energy spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said this target demonstrates that fracking is not needed, and certainly not welcome in Scotland.

Ruskell went on to press the government on fuel poverty, asking how it will deliver its target for 80% of homes to use low carbon heat by 2032, given the 2025 target is just 18%.

Ministers must loosen their grip on forestry, and encourage more community ownership

Tue 24 Jan, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (24 Jan) used a Holyrood debate to urge Scottish Ministers to loosen their grip on forestry, and encourage more community, charity and local council ownership.

A third of Scotland’s forestry is owned by Scottish Ministers and managed by the Forestry Commission, with over 90 per cent of the rest owned by landed estates and investors.

Andy said:

Supreme Court ruling confirms Scotland not ‘equal partner’ say Greens

Tue 24 Jan, 2017

The Scottish Greens have responded to the Supreme Court ruling that the UK’s devolved bodies will not have a say on whether the Westminster government can start the Brexit process.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says the decision confirms that Scotland is not an “equal partner” in the UK and that the decision to give Westminster a vote prior to triggering Article 50 will be of “no consolation” to voters in Scotland.

Glasgow MSP, Patrick Harvie said:

We've outlined a range of options for ministers to make the tax system fairer & protect council services

Sun 22 Jan, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Jan) said that his party has given Scottish Ministers a range of options to use fair taxation to protect local council services, as the minority SNP government seeks support for its 2017/18 budget.

The Budget Bill is expected to be published this coming week, with the first vote in Parliament the week after.

Report raises concerns about nuclear safety

Sun 22 Jan, 2017

The Scottish Greens are urging the Scottish Government to intervene in a review of safety at the Hunterston nuclear power plant in Ayrshire after a report revealed that operators EDF plan to allow for an increase in cracking in its reactor core.

The report, by energy consultant and Safe Energy Journal editor Pete Roche, says that despite it being probably illegal under international law, the Scottish public are being given no say in an imminent UK Government decision on whether Scotland’s oldest nuclear power station can keep running longer than planned.

Brexit Report: Greer says damage is clear

Fri 20 Jan, 2017

Responding to publication of 'Brexit: What Scotland Thinks', a report by Holyrood's Europe & External Relations Committee, Scottish Greens External Affairs spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: