Minority government could mean better dialogue, law & budgets

Patrick Harvie MSP Sat 5 Nov, 2016

Many people in Scotland will be disappointed with the modesty of reforms to the council tax agreed by MSPs this week.

The Scottish Government often talks about how decisions on Scotland’s future would be best taken at the Scottish Parliament rather than at Westminster – and Greens agree.

Greer: Concerns for safety of arrested Turkish MP

Fri 4 Nov, 2016

Green MSP Ross Greer has raised concerns for the safety of a Turkish MP he sponsors after it emerged she was arrested last night.

Level heads prevail over Council Tax

Thu 3 Nov, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, welcomed tonight's vote in Parliament which enables changes to Council Tax and saw the Scottish Government forced to accept widespread concerns about their approach to local taxation.

Ministers had attempted to amend Mr Wightman's amendment to the Government motion, in a bid to delete modest criticisms of the Government. 

On Council Tax changes, the ball is firmly in the SNP’s court

Thu 3 Nov, 2016

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (3 Nov) questioned the behaviour of the SNP minority Government for attempting to delete criticism of their plan to adjust rather than scrap Council Tax.


GP practice payments for deprived areas not enough say Greens

Wed 2 Nov, 2016

The difference in payments per head to GP practices in the most and least deprived areas does not do enough to tackle health inequalities says a Green MSP.

Alison Johnstone, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, believes the difference of £3.97 per person should be considerably more, considering that practices in areas listed as Scotland’s most deprived by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation see significantly more patients than in less deprived areas.

New tax powers should be used to protect services & make Scotland fairer

Wed 2 Nov, 2016

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (2 Nov) welcomed comments by economic experts on the creation of new income tax bands to raise revenues for public services.

Speaking at Holyrood's Finance Committee, David Bell, Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling, suggested opting for a "Scandinavian solution", where additional tax bands are created between the current 20p basic rate and the higher 40p rate, to generate additional funds.

Green MSP demands answers on RBS role in controversial US pipeline

Wed 2 Nov, 2016

A Green MSP has written to the boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) urgently seeking a meeting to discuss the bank’s involvement in the controversial Bakken pipeline project in the United States.

Scotland can reject cruel approach to benefits

Tue 1 Nov, 2016

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 Nov) urged the Scottish Government to use new devolved powers to stop an estimated 20,000 Scottish children being punished by the Westminster Government's lower benefits cap.

The Chartered Institute of Housing says that households will lose up to £115 per week, affecting 7,000 families in Scotland from next week. The CIH says families will face a substantial gap between their rent and the help they receive to pay for their housing, prompting fears that more people will become homeless.

By supporting arms trade enterprise agencies are squandering vital funds

Tue 1 Nov, 2016

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 Nov) hit out at the Scottish Government and its development agencies after uncovering an £18.5million package of support for the arms trade.

In response to a Parliamentary Question from Mr Finnie, asking for details of public funds supporting development, manufacture or marketing in the arms trade, Economy Secretary Keith Brown revealed that over the last ten years Scottish Enterprise has handed out £15.1million and Highlands and Islands Enterprise £3.4million.

Greens to work with other parties to scrap football Act

Mon 31 Oct, 2016

The Scottish Greens will work with other Holyrood parties to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act as quickly as possible.

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener reinforced the party’s commitment to repealing the Act during his speech to conference last weekend.
The Greens’ justice spokesperson John Finnie outlined how it is wrong to take on wider issues in society by “only targeting people who are football fans”.