Scottish Government to implement Greens’ Young Carer Grant

Wed 20 Sep, 2017

An announcement that the Scottish Government will implement the Scottish Greens’ manifesto pledge for a Young Carer Grant has been welcomed by the party.

Greens outline plans to cut income tax for low earners

Wed 20 Sep, 2017

Low earners will see their income tax cut under radical proposals to be outlined by the Scottish Green MSPs today at an opposition debate at Holyrood.

The party’s co-convener Patrick Harvie will also make the case for why those on high incomes should pay “a fairer share” to improve public services in Scotland.

Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie said:

Wightman report shows taxing derelict land can tackle housing crisis

Tue 19 Sep, 2017

A new report by Andy Wightman MSP, Housing and Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, shows that giving local councils the power to tax the 20,000 football pitches' worth of vacant and derelict land in Scotland could generate £200million a year to build affordable homes and tackle the housing crisis.

When it comes to fairer, greener ways of travelling, we still have a journey ahead of us

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 15 Sep, 2017

With exceptional timing, Storm Aileen breezed into Scotland on Wednesday - National Cycle to Work Day. I dared myself to cycle all the way to the Scottish Parliament from home in Stirlingshire and managed the 48 miles in a little over 3 hours. Given I'm middle aged, average fitness and borderline overweight, cycling even a couple of miles to work is still worth a go and not beyond what most people can do with the right support and facilities from their employer.

Fracking: Green Film Turns Up Heat Over Imminent Ban Decision

Fri 15 Sep, 2017

A short film has been launched by the Scottish Greens in their long-running campaign against fracking, ahead of an imminent decision by the Scottish Government on whether or not to allow the dangerous and unnecessary gas drilling process.

Green MSP Alison Johnstone first proposed a ban on unconventional oil and gas extraction in 2014, bringing it to a vote in the Holyrood chamber but all other parties voted against it.

Since then, the Greens have successfully:

Greer: UK government must suspend Brexit papers on devolution

Thu 14 Sep, 2017

A Green MSP is calling on the UK government to suspend the publication of all Brexit papers relating to devolved powers after a former European Court judge likened a “future partnership” paper to an “undergraduate essay which would have failed”.

Ruskell questions FM over £109m cut to Rural Development Programme

Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment, Food & Farming spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (14 Sep) questioned the First Minister over the Scottish Government’s £109m cut to the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), saying they have ‘sneaked’ the announcement out without proper debate or scrutiny.

Greens welcome SQA reversal on exam paper release

Wed 13 Sep, 2017

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has revealed to a Green MSP that it will overturn its decision to block teachers from viewing exam papers for 24 hours after the exam is sat.

Greens seek consensus in Holyrood housing debate

Wed 13 Sep, 2017

The Scottish Greens will today outline radical proposals to improve the availability and affordability of houses in Scotland during an opposition debate at Holyrood.

The Scottish Greens are the only political party to call for a reduction in house prices to improve affordability and as the party’s housing spokesperson Andy Wightman will make clear, Greens are campaigning for greater rent controls, a vacant land tax and a target for fixing leaky homes.

Devolution 20: Holyrood stronger with Greens says Harvie

Mon 11 Sep, 2017

The Scottish Parliament, as voted for in a referendum 20 years ago today (11 Sept), would look very different without the presence of Green MSPs says the party’s co-convener.

Patrick Harvie says that “one constant” throughout the two decades of devolution has been the election of Green MSPs who have been at the forefront of “leading the change in Scotland”.

Harvie lists one the Greens’ great achievements as pushing the other parties in Scotland in the same direction on many issues including fracking, renewables and more recently, a universal basic income.