Opposition parties united over tax fiasco

Wed 24 Nov

For immediate release 24 November 2010

Harper urges MSPs to let discussion continue on End of Life proposals

Tue 23 Nov

For immediate release 23 November 2010

Holyrood must this week vote at Stage One to allow discussions to continue on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill proposed by Margo Macdonald MSP, Robin Harper today argued. The most recent polling, published today, indicates that 77% of Scots back these proposals.

Green MSP Robin Harper said:

Horrific scale of Council cuts becomes clearer

comms Mon 22 Nov

Following the announcement last Wednesday (17 November) by Finance Secretary John Swinney of the Scottish Government's budget proposals, the scale of the cuts required at Aberdeenshire Council has become slightly clearer.

If the Council agrees to freeze the Council Tax and other measures, it will have its government funding cut by around

SNP Local Income Tax plans now in tatters

Sat 20 Nov

For immediate release 20 November 2010

Tax fiasco - John Swinney may have misled Parliament

Fri 19 Nov

For immediate release 19 November 2010

SNP Ministers must retrieve Holyrood tax powers

Fri 19 Nov

For immediate release 17 November 2010

Swinney confirms SNP support for Tory cuts

Wed 17 Nov

For immediate release 17 November 2010

Today's SNP Budget confirms their priorities, which are out of tune with the needs of the Scottish economy and the political will of the Scottish people, Greens argued. John Swinney has decided simply to hand on cuts, and remains unwilling to use the Parliament's existing powers to raise revenue.

Tory cuts or progressive taxes - Swinney to decide

Tue 16 Nov

For immediate release 16 November 2010

Tomorrow's Draft Budget from Scottish Ministers is expected to confirm that the SNP intend merely to implement Tory cuts rather than setting a more progressive course for Scotland. The Scottish Greens will continue to argue that Ministers should look at an alternative approach and use the existing powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue, either through the introduction of a Land Value Tax, other local taxes, or the Scottish Variable Rate of income tax.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP climate spin revealed

Fri 12 Nov

For immediate release 12 November 2010

The Scottish Green Party today published research showing that almost a quarter of the carbon cuts claimed by Scottish Ministers since simply have not been achieved. The emissions from Scotland's offshore oil and gas industry have been kept off Scotland's books by UK administrations keen to undermine the SNP argument that "it's Scotland's oil". Even these emissions do not count the climate consequences of burning the oil and gas extracted, merely those associated with extraction and production.