Andy Wightman: more clarity needed on ‘essential’ work

Tue 24 Mar, 2020

There must be clearer guidance around what is and isn’t essential work during the coronavirus lockdown, Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has said.

Andy Wightman raised the issue at a meeting of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee in the Scottish Parliament, following reports that some businesses were attempting to operate as normal despite clear instructions from UK and Scottish Governments.

Scottish Greens call on supermarkets to reinvest in food supply chain

Sat 21 Mar, 2020

Scottish Greens have proposed measures to safeguard Scotland’s food supply chain during the coronavirus crisis.

Supermarket profits have been boosted by people stocking up, and these should be reinvested up the food supply chain to give farmers and foodbanks greater security, according to Scottish Greens food and farming spokesperson Mark Ruskell.

Greens react to UK Government emergency measures to cover wages

Fri 20 Mar, 2020

The UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced plans to pay 80% of wages for employees unable to work due the coronavirus pandemic.

Responding, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “These measures from the UK Government are unfamiliar territory for the Conservatives, and should be welcomed as a recognition of the duty of care the state has for its citizens. If it had been done ten days ago, thousands of jobs would have been saved.

Finnie comments on Britannia hotels

Fri 20 Mar, 2020

Commenting on the treatment of staff at Coylumbridge hotel near Aviemore by Britannia Hotels, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:

“I was absolutely furious when i first heard the news, my heart goes out to those staff who have been treated appallingly by Britannia.

“Everyone understands that this unprecedented crisis presents unique challenges, particularly for the tourism sector. The answer to that is to seek support, to collaborate and support one another. Britannia’s actions are utterly tone deaf.

Finnie calls for islands’ coronavirus task force

Thu 19 Mar, 2020

A Highlands and Islands MSP has this afternoon called on the Scottish Government to establish an Islands’ task force to ensure that the unique needs of islands communities are at the forefront of Scottish Government thinking for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

Harvie: We all must show compassion at this challenging time

Thu 19 Mar, 2020

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called on everyone to demonstrate the values of compassion, solidarity and mutual care at this most challenging time.

Speaking at First Minister’s Question this afternoon Mr Harvie referenced the unprecedented challenge faced by every level of government and for parliament. The Glasgow MSP also expressed his thanks and concern for those dedicated workers dealing with this crisis.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens propose free school meals continuation after closures

Wed 18 Mar, 2020

Free school meals for low-income families should continue in communities after schools close at the end of the week, the Scottish Greens have said.

UK emergency measures insufficient to protect vulnerable

Wed 18 Mar, 2020

Emergency legislation announced by the UK Government to address the impact of the coronavirus does not go far enough to protect those who could lose their job and home, the Scottish Greens have said.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “This emergency legislation is quite rightly the product of cross-party working at Westminster, and contains essential measures to increase the capacity of the NHS to deal with this crisis. The Scottish Parliament will scrutinise it as quickly and carefully as possible.

A food network for Scotland’s most vulnerable children & young people

Ross Greer MSP Wed 18 Mar, 2020

Free school meals for low-income families should continue in communities after schools close. Here are our proposals:

A food network for Scotland’s most vulnerable children & young people

Numbers

According to information gathered in February 2018 260,842 children in Scotland were registered for free school meals.  On the day that the take up of school meals was being measured take up was 188,247.

The average price of a paid for school meal is £2.38, and the average cost was £3.07.

DRS delay disappointing say Greens

Tue 17 Mar, 2020

Responding to the news that Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS) has been delayed until 2022, Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said:

“The Covid-19 outbreak is clearly an unprecedented unforeseen circumstance, but the decision to delay Scotland’s deposit return scheme for years not months is disappointing from the Scottish Government.

“Clearly there has been numerous attempts by industry to derail DRS over the last 18 months, with a long list of excuses from corporate vested interests for postponing or weakening the scheme.