We welcome Holyrood report on pay gap between men and women

Mon 26 Jun, 2017

Scottish Green MSPs are welcoming a Holyrood committee report on the pay gap between men and women, which says that childcare and social care workers should be paid more than the living wage.

At last year's Holyrood election, the Greens called for a Living Wage Plus of £9.20 an hour for care workers, and put this issue to a vote in parliament in a debate in April this year but SNP and Lib Dem MSPs voted it down.

Our report shows EU migrants in Scotland at risk of poverty and social security system "stacked against them"

Mon 26 Jun, 2017

A major report commissioned by Scottish Green MSPs shows that people from Central and Eastern Europe who choose to live and work in Scotland are at risk of poverty due to low wages and a social security system "stacked against them".

It comes as Scottish Ministers admit that they have not specifically recruited migrants for their Experience Panels to help shape the new Scottish social security system, something the Greens describe as a "missed opportunity” to reject the UK Government's “backward attitude".

Closure of children's ward at St John's is extremely concerning, says Johnstone

Fri 23 Jun, 2017

Responding to NHS Lothian's decision to close the children's ward at St John's Hospital in Livingston to in-patients from 7 July, Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

Our values are in the dock over the issue of dogs' tails

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 23 Jun, 2017

Gandhi once said that ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’

This quote has shone down the decades and even in times of bigger political questions, the needs of the smallest, voiceless creatures provide a reflection of our values and how we carry ourselves.

Since devolution there have been key moments where that reflection has taken place. The ban on fox hunting with dogs and the foot and mouth disease crisis caused us to think hard about our relationship and responsibilities to the animal world. 

Greens make case to strengthen Child Poverty Bill

Thu 22 Jun, 2017

The Scottish Greens have bolstered the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill by successfully including provision requiring the Scottish Government to indicate if it will use new powers to boost the incomes of some of Scotland’s poorest families, including by topping-up- Child Benefit.

Opposition parties joined with the Greens in supporting Alison Johnstone’s amendment at the Stage 2 debate during a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee.

Ruskell hits out at "callous" SNP and Tory MSPs for allowing painful amputation of puppies' tails

Wed 21 Jun, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (21 June) hit out at "callous" SNP and Tory MSPs for voting to allow a return to the painful amputation of puppies' tails in breeds of dogs used on shooting estates.

The end of the ten-year ban on tail docking, brought by the Scottish Government, has been strongly opposed by the Greens, veterinary organisations and animal welfare charities.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Report shows Scottish Government has been unfairly squeezing funds for local council services

Wed 21 Jun, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (21 June) said a new report from the Scottish Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Unit shows the Scottish Government has been unfairly squeezing funds for local council services. 

Queen’s Speech: Prime Minister “out of ideas and out of time” say Greens

Wed 21 Jun, 2017

The Scottish Greens have said that the Queen’s Speech delivered today (21 June) is further proof a Prime Minister who is “out of ideas and out of time”.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says that politicians at Holyrood must now be ready to resist a Westminster “power grab” by ensuring that appropriate “repatriated European powers” are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie said:

Greer welcomes publication of Information Sharing Bill

Tue 20 Jun, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (20 June) welcomed publication of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill.

A year ago a Supreme Court judgement confirmed that providing a named person as a point of contact and support for every child and their family was ‘unquestionably benign’ and would not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Foster letter highlights DUP prejudice say Greens

Tue 20 Jun, 2017

A letter, showing DUP leader Arlene Foster asking the Scottish Government to restrict the ability of same-sex couples from Northern Ireland to be married in Scotland, is further proof of the party’s outdated views.