SFC board merger poses serious risks to the funding of our universities

Thu 23 Feb, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, Education and Skills spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (23 Feb) expressed concern after a report for Scottish Ministers failed to rule out changes to the Scottish Funding Council which could damage universities' funding.

The report, by Professor Lorne Crerar, into a new strategic board covering the SFC and enterprise agencies urges an early decision on whether or not the board is chaired by a Minister.

Greens welcome assurance that new BBC channel head to be based in Scotland

Thu 23 Feb, 2017

The Scottish Greens have welcomed the reassurance given by the BBC Director General today that it is essential for commissioning editors for Scotland to be based in Scotland and that they would be unable to do their job if this was not the case.

This came in response to Green MSP Ross Greer highlighting at Holyrood’s Culture committee that the position of Acting Drama Commissioning Editor, Scotland, based in Glasgow appears to be set for replacement by a Commissioner position advertised as being based in London.

GREEN BUDGET SUPPORT MEANS CRISIS CUTS CAN BE AVERTED

Thu 23 Feb, 2017

Scottish Green MSPs point to cancelled cuts in local council areas across Scotland, thanks to agreement ahead of today's Stage Three vote at Holyrood on the Budget Bill.

Green MSPs have achieved more in this year’s budget than any party has won in any previous budget concessions, by persuading the Scottish Government to allocate an additional £160million for councils to spend on local priorities.

As part of the Greens' support for the Budget Bill, Scottish Ministers have abandoned their proposed tax giveaway for high earners. 

We must use new powers to help people access the benefits they're entitled to

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson, today (22 Feb) welcomed comments by the Social Security minister that she is considering an automatic approach for applicants to the new Scottish system.

In their submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on using new social security powers, the Scottish Greens proposed that when someone applies for a benefit, they should be considered for all Scottish social security payments and services. This would ensure vulnerable people receive what they are entitled to, tackling poverty and poor health.

Transport stats show lack of support for public transport

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Statistics by Transport Scotland published today illustrate how the Scottish Government has neglected supporting public transport in favour of car travel say the Scottish Greens.

Scottish Transport Statistics also reveals decline in bus use throughout Scotland.

John Finnie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ transport spokesperson, said:

Greens question UK government’s commitment to science funding

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Scotland could be set to lose out on its share of €80 billion of science funding it has been revealed, after the Secretary of State for Scotland was questioned by a Green MSP.

People recognise Tory greenwash

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) described Tory proposals for the environment as "greenwash".

Mark said:

“The frackers’ friends, the Tories, have no environmental credentials. Actions always speak louder than words, and the actions of their UK Government have set back the creation of jobs in Scotland’s renewables industry. 

"As they flap about, trying to shed their nasty image, people will recognise greenwash when they see it.” 

BBC UK management at long last appear to be listening to their Scottish audience

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Ross Greer, Culture & Media spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) welcomed proposals from the BBC to create a new TV channel for Scotland and a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

Ross said:

Wider debate on business rates needed in Parliament

Wed 22 Feb, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) urged a future parliamentary debate on how and where business rates are decided as the Government's review is too limited.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Local Government Committee, Mr Wightman proposed annulling the 2017 Non-Domestic Rates Order to prompt an explanation from the Finance Secretary about how rates are decided.

Greens urge First Minister to press ahead with Young Carers Allowance

Tue 21 Feb, 2017

A Scottish Green MSP has challenged the Scottish Government to introduce a Young Carer Allowance after a report revealed that young carers tend to “live in more deprived circumstances than the average young population”.

Soon after the election in May 2016, the First Minister said she would "consider the introduction of a young carers allowance", a Scottish Greens’ manifesto commitment, adding that it "has real merit".