[SGP News] GREEN BUSES NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER SERVICES

Wed 26 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk GREEN MSP MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 26 September 2012 GREEN BUSES NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER SERVICES As the SNP reannounced money for another handful of hybrid buses, the Scottish Greens have challenged other parties to work together for bolder reform of Scotland's bus system to improve standards across the whole bus fleet and provide a truly integrated public service.

[SGP News] SNP'S G4S CONTRACT "SLAPDASH" SAY GREENS

Fri 21 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 21 September 2012 SNP'S G4S CONTRACT "SLAPDASH" SAY GREENS "Slapdash" is how Scottish Greens are describing today's decision by SNP Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to award a £13million contract to security firm G4S. The company's last-minute failure to provide security for the Olympics meant the Army had to fill the breach.

[SGP News] SNP PROPOSE BUDGET THE TORIES WOULD BE PROUD OF

Thu 20 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 20 September 2012 SNP PROPOSE BUDGET THE TORIES WOULD BE PROUD OF Scottish Greens are describing the draft budget outlined today by Finance Secretary John Swinney as one the Tories would be proud of. The SNP Government is proposing a one per cent pay cap on public sector workers, copying the Coalition and representing the continuation of a real-terms cut.

[SGP News] GREENS UNCOVER SCALE OF DISEASE THREATENING FORESTRY ECONOMY

Thu 20 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 20 September 2012 GREENS UNCOVER SCALE OF DISEASE THREATENING FORESTRY ECONOMY Scottish Greens are warning more must be done to prevent the rampant spread of a devastating tree disease, which is putting the country's important forestry economy at risk. Dothistroma Needle Blight (DNB) kills off varieties of pine tree and is predicted to thrive due to warmer, wetter conditions caused by climate change.

[SGP News] MSP HAILS SICK KIDS GO-AHEAD QUERIES PLANS FOR CURRENT SITE

Wed 19 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk Media Release Green MSPs 19 September 2012 MSP HAILS SICK KIDS GO-AHEAD, QUERIES PLANS FOR CURRENT SITE Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian, is welcoming today's announcement by the Scottish Government confirming approval for a replacement hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Alison said: “A new Sick Kids is long overdue and the minister must ensure the project comes in on time and budget.

[SGP News] Lack Of Clarity On Energy-From-Waste Plants In Minister's Plan

Thu 13 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk Media Release Green MSPs 13 September 2012 Re today’s announcement by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing on support levels for renewables. Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, said: "While the intention to encourage offshore wind and maintain support for most other renewables is sensible, it's worrying the minister is less clear on issues like demand reduction and energy-from-waste plants.

[SGP News] LACK OF ACTION ON URBAN AIR QUALITY SLAMMED BY MSP

Thu 13 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk GREEN MSP MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 13 September 2012 LACK OF ACTION ON URBAN AIR QUALITY SLAMMED BY MSP Responding to the latest air quality statistics for Scotland, a Green MSP has criticised the slow pace and delaying tactics of both the UK and Scottish Governments in reducing pollution in our cities. (1) While the statistics show positive downward trends at a national level, high concentrations of unhealthy emissions remain in highly populated urban areas.

[SGP News] GREENS: COMMUNITY BODIES SHOULD GAIN FINANCIAL FREEDOMS

Wed 12 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk GREEN MSP MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 12 September 2012 GREENS: COMMUNITY BODIES SHOULD GAIN FINANCIAL FREEDOMS Green MSPs have suggested that community bodies could be given control over taxes such as parking and allotment charges, arguing that empowerment means the ability both to raise and spend funds to respond to local priorities.

[SGP News] POOR CHOICES SHOW SNP CAN'T BE TRUSTED ON TRANSPORT

Wed 12 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk MEDIA RELEASE GREEN MSPs 12 September 2012 POOR CHOICES SHOW SNP CAN'T BE TRUSTED ON TRANSPORT Scottish Greens are astonished by the claims of Transport Minister Keith Brown that his government is 'finding the right balance' on transport spending. A report by sustainable transport charity Transform Scotland called Warning Signs highlights what Greens have long warned of - poor choices by the Scottish Government such as cutting funding for buses, rail projects and active travel infrastucture.

[SGP News] GREENS CONDEMN "FORTRESS HOLYROOD"

Thu 6 Sep, 2012

From: greencomms@scottish.parliament.uk GREEN MSP MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release 6 September 2012 GREENS CONDEMN "FORTRESS HOLYROOD" Scottish Greens have condemned the decision by the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body to spend £6.48m on additional security screening at Holyrood. (1) Patrick Harvie MSP said: "I’m dismayed that Parliament is to spend millions of pounds on a piece of security theatre, when public services in Scotland are being cut in every community around the country.