Horrific scale of Council cuts becomes clearer

comms Mon 22 Nov, 2010

Following the announcement last Wednesday (17 November) by Finance Secretary John Swinney of the Scottish Government's budget proposals, the scale of the cuts required at Aberdeenshire Council has become slightly clearer.

If the Council agrees to freeze the Council Tax and other measures, it will have its government funding cut by around

SNP Local Income Tax plans now in tatters

Sat 20 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 20 November 2010

Tax fiasco - John Swinney may have misled Parliament

Fri 19 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 19 November 2010

SNP Ministers must retrieve Holyrood tax powers

Fri 19 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 17 November 2010

Swinney confirms SNP support for Tory cuts

Wed 17 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 17 November 2010

Today's SNP Budget confirms their priorities, which are out of tune with the needs of the Scottish economy and the political will of the Scottish people, Greens argued. John Swinney has decided simply to hand on cuts, and remains unwilling to use the Parliament's existing powers to raise revenue.

Tory cuts or progressive taxes - Swinney to decide

Tue 16 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 16 November 2010

Tomorrow's Draft Budget from Scottish Ministers is expected to confirm that the SNP intend merely to implement Tory cuts rather than setting a more progressive course for Scotland. The Scottish Greens will continue to argue that Ministers should look at an alternative approach and use the existing powers of the Scottish Parliament to raise revenue, either through the introduction of a Land Value Tax, other local taxes, or the Scottish Variable Rate of income tax.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

SNP climate spin revealed

Fri 12 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 12 November 2010

The Scottish Green Party today published research showing that almost a quarter of the carbon cuts claimed by Scottish Ministers since simply have not been achieved. The emissions from Scotland's offshore oil and gas industry have been kept off Scotland's books by UK administrations keen to undermine the SNP argument that "it's Scotland's oil". Even these emissions do not count the climate consequences of burning the oil and gas extracted, merely those associated with extraction and production.

Step change required in Council performance

comms Thu 11 Nov, 2010

'Not good enough - must try harder' is probably a fair assessment of Aberdeenshire Council's performance on meeting climate change targets.

All councils are going to have to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions arising from their operations on an on-going basis as part of meeting national targets on climate change. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires a cut in emissions of 42 per cent by 2020 and at least 80 per cent by 2050 (compared with 1990 levels).

Unholy alliance fail Scotland on minimum pricing

Wed 10 Nov, 2010

For immediate release 10 November 2010

The Green MSPs today backed proposals from Scottish Ministers for a minimum price per unit for alcohol, but the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour united to vote down this measure.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: