Greens raise concerns over community projects funding

Thu 1 Mar, 2012

Scottish Greens are calling for SNP ministers to apologise for leaving vital community projects in limbo over funding.

It is understood the government has this week begun to determine which projects are eligible for cash from the latest round of the Climate Challenge Fund. Applicants had been expecting a decision back in January.

Many of the 132 existing projects are only funded to the end of March, and have been preparing to lay off staff in the absence of a decision.

Wheels fall off SNP bus policy with shocking cuts in Glasgow

Thu 23 Feb, 2012

 

For immediate release 23 February 2012

Commenting on the announcement of dramatic cuts to bus services in Glasgow by First Buses, Green MSP Patrick Harvie has condemned First Glasgow for the absence of any consultation with passengers and communities.

Eight services will be scrapped altogether, with many more reduced. For full details of the cuts, see the letter sent to Patrick Harvie MSP by First Glasgow, available here online: http://scot.gr/busfail

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Greens generate buzz about importance of bees

Tue 21 Feb, 2012

 

For immediate release 21 February 2012

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has created a buzz in parliament about the importance of protecting the humble bee.

Bus Users Being Let Down By Firms And Ministers

Thu 16 Feb, 2012

For immediate release 16 February 2012

Green MSP Patrick Harvie is raising concerns that transport firms and SNP ministers are letting down bus users who are facing price hikes and a reduction in service.

First Group has confirmed it is revising its service, saying increased fares and a reduction in service levels are likely.

The company's UK bus division enjoyed operating profits of

Dissenting Voices Must Be Allowed By Unionist Parties

Thu 9 Feb, 2012

For immediate release 9 February 2012

Ahead of today's party leaders’ meeting on the referendum, Green Co-Convenor Patrick Harvie has written to the Labour, Conservative and LibDem leaders asking them to state whether they will allow all party members, including MSPs, MPs and councillors to campaign freely on any side of the debate.

The Greens back the referendum, but argue that the independence debate should not be constructed along party lines, and that the debate in the run up to the 2014 poll will not benefit if dissenting voices are shut down by party managers.

Swinney's Crumbs Are No Comfort

Wed 8 Feb, 2012

For immediate release 8 February 2012

Speaking in today's debate on the Scottish Government budget, Green MSPs say last-minute revisions proposed by the Finance Secretary are a missed opportunity.

Additional funds proposed for colleges and housing must be considered against a background of deep cuts by the SNP.

Spending on transport continues to show a massive increase for road-building programmes while funding for projects to make it easier to walk and cycle around our communities is being slashed*.

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said:

SNP must reverse bizarre decision to scrap prison committees

Wed 1 Feb, 2012

 

For immediate release 1 February 2012

A Scottish Green Party motion on the Justice Secretary's decision to scrap prison visiting committees will be debated in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.* The motion has attracted support from all opposition parties.

Energy ministers "clueless" on climate impact of fracking

Wed 1 Feb, 2012

 

For immediate release 1 February 2012

Greens have today warned that both the Scottish and UK Governments are failing to properly assess the carbon impact of a potential era of UK gas extraction by the controversial process of fracking.