Scottish Greens win funding for teacher recruitment

Wed 13 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have welcomed new funding of £45 million announced for schools today. Introducing this fund, the Education Secretary confirmed that it would cover the cost of recruiting 2,000 additional teachers, a Green proposal agreed to by the Scottish Parliament in November.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer has also emphasised that any reopening of schools to all pupils must be matched by the introduction of regular, voluntary testing for school staff and senior pupils.

Firth of Forth tunnel at heart of £22bn green rail revolution

Tue 12 Jan, 2021

A new cross Forth rail tunnel is at the heart of a £22 billion rail revolution proposed by the Scottish Green Party to build a modern, zero-carbon network that is affordable and accessible to all.

Greens: Scottish Government must heed warnings on Carbon capture

Mon 11 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Government must heed warnings about the holes in its plans to tackle the climate emergency using untested Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology.

Research by the Tyndall Centre, commissioned by Global Witness and Friends of the Earth Scotland, reveals that CCS is not being developed quickly enough to address the urgent need to keep global warming down. 

Nobody should have been surprised by scenes at US. Capitol

Patrick Harvie MSP Sat 9 Jan, 2021

It’s hard to know where to start in response to this week’s events in the US. The scenes at the Capitol should have been shocking, of course. No doubt there are people who genuinely found it hard to believe what they were witnessing, and who perhaps feel more traumatised and insecure than they ever have about their political system. But in truth nobody should have been surprised, either at what happened or at the underlying issues it exposed. And nobody here should comfort themselves with the idea that those issues are uniquely American.

Sharma elevation offers little hope for climate action

Fri 8 Jan, 2021

Almost a year since Alok Sharma was given responsibility for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, his elevation from part-time front man to full time president offers little hope for those hoping to see meaningful climate action delivered, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The decision to put the COP26 summit into the hands of Alok Sharma, a free market fundamentalist who has repeatedly voted against climate action and backed climate-wrecking policies like Heathrow expansion, always gave cause for concern.

Scottish Greens call for student rent waiver

Fri 8 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Government must compel universities and private student accommodation providers to cancel rent for as long as students are being told not to return to campus, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP says making students pay for accommodation they cannot use would be unfair, after it was announced that the return to campus for most students will be delayed until March.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Greater support required for self-isolation

Fri 8 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Government must improve the support available to those who test positive for Covid-19 in order to increase the numbers of people self-isolating, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has said.

Mr Ruskell, a member of the Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 Committee, has called on the Scottish Government to widen the eligibility of its self-isolation support grant, to ensure everyone gets the support they need to self-isolate.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Scottish Greens welcome eviction ban extension

Thu 7 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have welcomed confirmation that the ban on evictions will be extended following pressure from Ross Greer MSP.

The West Scotland MSP had challenged the First Minister to extend the ban after Monday's lockdown announcement, saying that evicting people during this fresh outbreak would be “downright dangerous”.

Following today's announcement, the Greens have now called on the Scottish Government to introduce a permanent ban on evictions every winter, a measure which is commonplace across Europe.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Greens demand extension of eviction ban

Mon 4 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has called on the Scottish Government to extend the winter eviction ban, which is currently set to end on 22nd January.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon the West of Scotland MSP said that evicting people during a lockdown would be “downright dangerous” and called for the First Minister to extend the ban until April. This would bring it in line with the end of the furlough scheme.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Parental support required as school closures extended

Mon 4 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has called for a package of practical support for parents after it was announced that schools will be closed for longer than planned.

Responding to the First Minister’s statement in parliament this afternoon, Mr Harvie also pressed on the need to accelerate the vaccination for teachers and other school staff.

Patrick Harvie MSP said: