Ministers must explore retailer levy if they want to tackle obesity emergency

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Dec) responded to the latest worrying figures on obesity by highlighting the option of a levy on big retailers to reduce the amount of unhealthy food they promote.

Figures show that in 2015, 65 per cent of adults were overweight, including 29 per cent who were obese. 28 per cent of children were at risk of being overweight, including 15 per cent at risk of obesity. And prevalence of Type 2 diabetes continues to increase steadily.

Urgent action needed to tackle fuel poverty say Greens

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

The Greens will pressure the Scottish Government to include measures to eradicating fuel poverty in its forthcoming budget after statistics published today revealed the scale of the problem.

The party’s housing spokesperson Andy Wightman said that while the figures show an improvement in households living in fuel poverty compared to 2014, Scotland is still blighted by it, with 30% of Scots still having to spend more than 10% of their income on household fuel use.

Scotland falling behind in education; investment in teachers needed

Tue 6 Dec, 2016

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Dec) renewed calls for investment in teachers after figures showed Scotland falling behind in international education rankings.

The PISA statistics (Programme for International Student Assessment) assess 15 year-olds in reading, maths and science.

Ross Greer MSP said:

European Greens agree all options needed to keep Scotland in EU

Sun 4 Dec, 2016

At its Council meeting in Glasgow on Sunday, the European Greens, one of the continent’s major political groupings, passed a resolution stating that ‘all options will be explored to ensure Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gilbraltar and their people can retain their membership of the EU.’ 

Nicola Sturgeon meets Green family helping Scotland to stay in EU

Fri 2 Dec, 2016

Scottish Greens’ co-convener, Patrick Harvie welcomed Nicola Sturgeon to a pro-European gathering in Glasgow today, the largest Scotland has ever held.

The First Minister addressed an audience assembled at the European Green Party Congress in Strathclyde University, where Mr Harvie outlined the need for progressive, pro-European parties to work constructively together. It’s the first time the EGP has held the event in Scotland.

Moving classroom support & local democracy up the agenda

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 2 Dec, 2016

Tories say they are the “strong opposition”, Labour just want to oppose. Scottish Greens are in Holyrood to do a different sort of job – have bold ideas and get stuff done.

This week was our once-a-year opportunity to choose the topics up for debate. Every child has a right to education. But teachers, parents and young people have been giving us blunt warnings.

Greens make case for public sector rail bid to minister

Thu 1 Dec, 2016

The Scottish Green Party has met with the transport minister to make the case for a public sector bidder for future rail franchises.

Green transport spokesperson, John Finnie MSP met with Humza Yousaf, along with other political parties, in a bid to find solutions to improve the performance of Scotland’s rail network.

Finnie outlined how he looked forward to his party’s input being reflected in the government’s “options paper” due before the next meeting in January.

We'll keep fighting for Additional Support Needs & local democracy

Wed 30 Nov, 2016

Scottish Green MSPs tonight (30 Nov) pledged to keep up the fight to reverse cuts to Additional Support Needs in schools and end the centralisation of public services, after leading two Holyrood debates on the issues.

In the debate on Additional Support Needs, SNP and Conservative MSPs voted to remove the Green call for a Scottish budget that raises additional revenue to invest in local education priorities.

In the debate on Local Democracy, SNP and Conservative MSPs voted to remove the Greens' endorsement of the cross-party Strengthening Local Democracy report.

Teacher recruitment plans fall short of what's needed

Wed 30 Nov, 2016

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (30 Nov) said funding from the Scottish Government to bring new teachers into the profession falls short of what's needed.

Education Secretary John Swinney has announced £1million to persuade former teachers to return and for fast-tracking of graduates.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Greens lead Holyrood debates on education and ending centralisation

Wed 30 Nov, 2016

Scottish Green MSPs will today (30 Nov) lead two Holyrood debates on issues key to the forthcoming council elections.

Education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP will lead a debate on the need to reverse cuts to Additional Support Needs in schools, while Local Government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP will lead a debate on the need to strengthen local democracy and end 50 years of centralisation of public services.