Social Security Bill strengthened with Green amendment

Thu 1 Feb, 2018

Scotland’s Social Security Bill will now be enshrined with a commitment to reducing poverty after a Green MSP’s amendment was passed by a committee.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone says the commitment to reducing poverty means that Scotland will now be better committed to people in need, taking a different approach from the UK government.

Johnstone, the social security spokesperson for the Greens, said:

Harvie challenges Sturgeon to commit to local tax reform

Thu 1 Feb, 2018

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (1 Feb) used First Minister's Questions to challenge Nicola Sturgeon to commit to meaningful reforms to give local councils real powers to protect public services.

Ruskell raises concerns with Deputy FM over lack of smoke detectors in schools

Thu 1 Feb, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today (1 Feb) raised concerns about safety in schools with Deputy First Minister John Swinney after a freedom of information request revealed that more than one in four schools in Fife have no smoke detectors. 
 
Mr Ruskell also revealed that not every Fife school is fitted with a fire alarm, and he questioned how appropriate a manual bell or a hand bell is in such an instance.

The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP sought information following the recent fire at Cairneyhill Primary School.

Greens leading the change as Scot Gov amend budget to include our demands

Wed 31 Jan, 2018

The Scottish Greens are leading the change in Scottish politics, according to party co-convener Patrick Harvie, who this afternoon welcomed details of the Scottish Government's agreement to amend its 2018-19 budget to include key Green demands, including:

Our MSPs secure significant budget changes to protect local council services & contribute towards a fairer pay settlement

Wed 31 Jan, 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's Stage One vote at Holyrood on the Budget, the Scottish Greens can confirm that they have secured significant additional funds from the Scottish Government to:

* Protect local council services in every part of Scotland
* Contribute towards a fairer pay settlement for public sector workers including teachers
* Bring forward low-carbon capital investment including work to tackle fuel poverty and progress new rail developments

8 things the Green budget means 

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 31 Jan, 2018

It's Scottish Budget day. Here's 8 things the Green budget deal means:

ScotRail contract encourages stop skipping says Finnie

Tue 30 Jan, 2018

Green transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP is calling on the Scottish Government to crack down on the practice of stop skipping following the release of figures showing an average of 20 services per day skip stops.

Finnie made the call on a day when a survey published by Transport Focus showed a dip in passenger satisfaction with ScotRail.

The Green position on income tax, first proposed in 2016, has fundamentally shifted both SNP and Labour policy

Tue 30 Jan, 2018

Responding to Labour's last-minute budget ideas, Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"I’m glad that Labour have at long last put forward some positive ideas for the budget process, but coming just 24 hours before the first vote they’re stretching the meaning of 'better late than never' to breaking point. And they’re all over the place on local taxes too, suggesting that ideas for completely new local powers will result in extra national revenue for the budget we’re voting on this week.

Greer to lead Holyrood debate calling for re-regulation of bus services to protect customers from ongoing price hikes

Mon 29 Jan, 2018

Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for the West of Scotland, will this week (Wed 31 Jan) lead a Holyrood debate calling for the re-regulation of bus services to protect customers from ongoing price hikes which he says are making public transport unaffordable and inaccessible.

Greer has criticised bus companies First Group and McGill’s for recent fare hikes which impact people on low incomes, students and children.

First Glasgow has increased fares by more than 10 per cent on some tickets and scrapped unaccompanied child fares.

Johnstone to amend Social Security Bill to reflect cost of living

Mon 29 Jan, 2018

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Jan) confirmed that she will attempt to amend the Scottish Government's proposed Social Security Bill to ensure that devolved benefits rise with the cost of living.
 
Alison's "annual uprating of assistance" amendment will be considered by the Social Security Committee on Thursday 1 February, and the Green MSP is urging members from other parties to support the change.
 
Alison said: