Grand coalition puts Scottish public services to the knife

Wed 9 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 9 February 2011

The Green MSPs today voted against John Swinney's Budget on the basis that the SNP have just passed on Tory cuts, but a "Grand Cuts Coalition" of the Tories and the Lib Dems ensured the Budget passed. Earlier this week, the Greens set out measures to protect

Greens set out alternative Budget proposals

Tue 8 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 7 February 2011

The Green MSPs have today set out almost

Council budget to be set this Thursday

comms Mon 7 Feb, 2011

This coming Thursday (10 February), Aberdeenshire Council will formally set its revenue budget for the financial year starting in April.

Despite Aberdeenshire Council facing the worst budget cuts in its history, I do not expect the budget meeting to be especially lengthy or dramatic. This is because the bulk of the cuts the Council will make in 2011/12 were voted through by the ruling Liberal Democrat/Conservative coalition - with SNP support - at the full council meeting on 25 November.

Greens propose new deal on tax and capital for Councils

Sun 6 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 6 February 2010

The Scottish Green MSPs today set out an alternative model for the Scottish Government to work with Scotland's 32 local authorities and support prudent capital investment. Under existing "prudential borrowing" rules, local councils could invest to support community energy generation, protect public services and create jobs, while Scottish Ministers are not currently empowered to borrow even to invest.

Greens call for boost from large business supplement

Sun 6 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 6 February 2011

Following the rejection of the proposed

Supermarket parties put their paymasters before the public

Wed 2 Feb, 2011

For immediate release 2 February 2010

Today's vote by Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MSPs to block the proposed tax on large retailers confirms that all three parties will vote in line with the interests of the companies who fund them, Greens argued. The tax itself would have raised just

Trump climbdown cautiously welcomed

Mon 31 Jan, 2011

For immediate release 31 January 2010

Private rented sector Bill must do more for tenants

Thu 27 Jan, 2011

For immediate release 27 January 2010

Greens commit to equal marriage change in next session

Thu 27 Jan, 2011

For immediate release 27 January 2011

Patrick Harvie MSP today set out a commitment by the Scottish Greens to backing equal marriage legislation in the next session of Parliament, and the party is confident that there will be sufficient cross-party support amongst the new intake of MSPs to take the necessary measures onto the statute book. A poll conducted for the Green MSPs late last year showed that equality is now overwhelmingly popular in society at large with 58% of Scots supporting the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry if they wish to, and just 19% against.

Swinney passes Tory Budget with Tory support

Wed 26 Jan, 2011

For immediate release 26 January 2010

The SNP and Tories united today to vote through John Swinney's Budget after the Stage One debate, confirming the Green assessment that the SNP have effectively proposed a Tory Budget and that they would find the Scottish Tories ready to support it.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"A year ago at Westminster the Tories and the Lib Dems got into bed together, and today at Holyrood the SNP have climbed in beside the Scottish Tories too. It appears to be Swingers Day in Scottish politics.