1 YEAR TO INDYREF - PROGRESSIVE IDEAS CAN HELP WIN THE DAY

Tue 17 Sep, 2013

Ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate (2pm, Wed 18 Sep) marking a year to go to the independence referendum, Scottish Greens are calling on both sides to use the coming 12 months to pursue progressive ideas.

In the coming weeks Scottish Greens will add more definition to their vision for an independent Scotland using their party conference in Inverness next month (5-6 Oct), by responding to the Government's White Paper and by hosting a distinctive Green Yes event later in the autumn.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

COAL INDUSTRY MUST COUGH UP CASH FOR RESTORATION

Mon 16 Sep, 2013

Ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate (2pm, Tue 17 Sep) on the crisis in open cast coal mine restoration, Scottish Greens are calling on ministers to guarantee that public funds won't be used to bail out the industry.

Earlier this year a judge at the Court of Session ruled that liquidators for Scottish Coal could ignore environmental and planning obligations that were designed to limit pollution and restore land once a site was mined. That ruling has been challenged by SEPA, Scottish Ministers and local authorities.

LIBDEMS CONFIRM IRRELEVANCE, BACKING NUCLEAR AND FRACKING

Sun 15 Sep, 2013

Scottish Greens say the latest policy decisions by the Liberal Democrats show Nick Clegg's party cannot be trusted on the environment and is increasingly irrelevant in Scotland.

At their conference in Glasgow today (15 Sep) Libdems voted on what they termed a "Green Growth" policy. Members backed a new generation of nuclear power plants and fracking for gas.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"DARK DAY" FOR ROYAL MAIL THANKS TO LIB DEMS

Thu 12 Sep, 2013

The Scottish Greens say that voters should punish Liberal Democrats at the next election for their reckless attack on the Royal Mail.

Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable gave formal notice to the stock exchange today that shares in Royal Mail will be sold off to private investors in the next few weeks.

RENEWABLES TARGETS TALK HOLLOW WITHOUT ACTION ON HEAT

Thu 12 Sep, 2013

In response to an Audit Scotland report, which says that Scotland's strategy for renewable energy is clear but achieving goals will be challenging, Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood's economy and energy committee, said:

PERFORMANCE CENTRE DECISION BIG STEP FORWARD

Thu 12 Sep, 2013

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and deputy convener of Holyrood's cross-party group on sport, is welcoming today's announcement that Edinburgh is to host the new National Performance Centre for Sport.

Alison, a qualified coach and former competitive athlete, believes the £30million centre, at the Riccarton Campus of Heriot Watt University, can be a catalyst for nurturing local talent. It is expected to be up and running by 2016.

Alison said:

FLAT BUDGET NEEDS WORK TO SHOW SCOTLAND'S AMBITION

Wed 11 Sep, 2013

Scottish Greens are describing the 2014-15 budget outlined today by Finance Secretary John Swinney as flat and lacking in ambition.

The £27.8billion spending plans see a continuation of the one per cent pay increase cap on most public sector workers, while removing a complete freeze for public servants earning more than £80,000.

It also continues the regressive council tax freeze, which benefits the richest and restricts councils' ability to raise revenue for local services.

BUDGET CHANCE TO MAKE ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOR THE PEOPLE

Tue 10 Sep, 2013

Scottish Greens are describing the draft 2014/15 budget due to be outlined tomorrow (11 Sep) by the Finance Secretary as a chance to ensure economic recovery benefits individuals and not just big business.

Many Scots are struggling to keep up with rising energy, food, housing and transport costs, while public sector pay has been capped below inflation.

The draft budget comes on the back of a rise in Scotland's carbon footprint, a failure to meet CO2 reduction targets for a second year, and widespread criticism of ministers' climate change proposals and policies.

JOHNSTONE CHALLENGES FM TO DO MORE FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO WORK

Thu 5 Sep, 2013

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy committee, today (5 Sep) challenged the First Minister to do more to help women play a full part in economic recovery.
Wages

NEW TARIFF STRUCTURE WON’T TACKLE FUEL POVERTY

Wed 28 Aug, 2013

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy and energy committee, is warning that a new tariff structure from the energy regulator won’t adequately tackle fuel poverty.
Gas