Finance Secretary unclear about budget choices; public services at stake

Tue 4 Oct, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance & Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (4 Oct) expressed disappointment at the ambiguous stance taken by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay over the restrictions to scrutiny of the 2017/18 Scottish Budget.

A majority of MSPs signed a motion by Patrick, noting that the Finance Committee believe the current timing of budget information is unacceptable and calling for scenario plans to be presented by 21 October.

Government pressed by Greens to deal with Clair oil spill

Tue 4 Oct, 2016

Strategies for dealing with oil leaks were raised at Holyrood today with a Green MSP seeking assurances on the proposed future practice of ship-to-ship oil transfers.

A&E waiting times: disappointing to see progress stalling

Tue 4 Oct, 2016

Responding to figures published today (4 Oct) showing a drop in the number of Accident and Emergency patients being seen within four hours, Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

MSPs Back Harvie's Motion Calling For Meaningful Budget Scrutiny

Mon 3 Oct, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance & Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (Mon 3 Oct) urged the Scottish Government to respond constructively to the growing calls for it to give Parliament a better chance to scrutinise the Scottish Budget.

A motion lodged by Mr Harvie ahead of tomorrow's Finance Committee debate - which urges that scenario plans be presented before the end of the forthcoming recess on 21 October - has received the support of 64 other opposition MSPs, meaning that a majority of Parliament has backed the call for the Government to act.

Energy Efficiency Funding Announcement Lacks Ambition

Fri 30 Sep, 2016

Responding to the news that councils have been given £8.2million by the Scottish Government to pilot energy efficiency schemes, Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"While every energy efficiency project will make a real difference, the scale of ambition we're seeing from the Scottish Government simply isn't good enough. £8m is a drop in the ocean compared to what we could be doing by addressing Scotland's cold and expensive to heat homes street by street.

We cannot allow inhumane treatment of refugees to continue

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 30 Sep, 2016

Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, has a long history of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

Alison highlights chance to use new powers to reduce child poverty

Thu 29 Sep, 2016

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, used today's meeting of Holyrood's Social Security Committee to make the case for using new devolved powers to top-up Child Benefit to cut poverty.

The Committee heard from Social Security minister Jeane Freeman, who under questioning from Alison Johnstone revealed that such top-ups would be considered, both as part of the Government's consultation on social security and its proposed Child Poverty Bill.

Save Jim's Farm

Thu 29 Sep, 2016

Scottish Green MSPs today joined campaigners who handed in a petition to the Scottish Parliament in protest at the potential eviction of a farmer from his family’s home of 100 years.

Time for a public bid for asylum seeker services

Thu 29 Sep, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today used First Minister's Questions to call for a public bid for asylum seeker services in Glasgow in response to persistent allegations of mistreatment under the current private sector arrangement.

Serious allegations of poor quality housing, including a mother and baby housed in a cockroach-infested property in the city, have prompted a Commons committee inquiry. 

Too many patients & NHS staff feel they are not being listened to

Thu 29 Sep, 2016

The minority Scottish Government tasted parliamentary defeat last night (28 Sep) after Greens and other opposition parties passed a motion to call-in proposals for local hospital closures and downgrades.

Opposition parties also voted against an amendment by the health secretary that attempted to play down the prospect of the downgrading of local health services.