Finnie calls on Scot Gov to speed up work on public sector rail bid

Tue 26 Jun, 2018

John Finnie MSP, Scottish Green Party Transport spokesperson, has this afternoon (26 Jun 2018) called on The Scottish Government to speed up their work on a public sector rail bid, accusing ministers of pushing proposals into the long grass.

The Minister for Transport and Islands has twice advised Mr Finnie that he will identify a suitable public sector body, firstly by spring and secondly before summer recess.

John Finnie, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

Wightman highlights opportunity of derelict land to tackle Scotland's housing crisis

Tue 26 Jun, 2018

Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP today (26 June) highlighted new figures showing the opportunity to use derelict and vacant land to tackle Scotland's housing crisis. 

The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland is 11,649 hectares.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Brexit – Two Years On, It Isn’t Over

Ross Greer MSP Mon 25 Jun, 2018

It has been two years since the Brexit referendum. Scotland’s clear vote to remain a member of the EU is being ignored by a blinkered and shambolic UK Government which is paralysed by infighting and held hostage by its own hard right extremists, intent on pursuing their fantasy interpretation of a long gone era.  

Wightman renews call for broad review of non-domestic rates, as Scot Gov launches plans for legislation 

Mon 25 Jun, 2018

Scottish Greens housing and local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP today (25 June) renewed his call for a broader review of non-domestic rates, as the Scottish Government launches a consultation on plans for legislation. 

Ministers intend to legislate early next year, implementing the vast majority of the recommendations from the Barclay review.

Johnstone says boosting NHS workers’ pay is vital, as Scot Gov offers nine per cent over three years 

Mon 25 Jun, 2018

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP says boosting NHS workers’ pay is vital, as the Scottish Government offers nurses, midwives and paramedics a nine per cent rise over the next three years. 

The proposals would benefit 147,000 staff under the Agenda for Change pay system.

Alison Johnstone, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

We have an opportunity to design a sustainable system of farming

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 22 Jun, 2018

 

This week the Scottish Government launched a consultation into the future of farm and rural funding in Scotland post-Brexit. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the single biggest slice of the EU budget, accounting for 38% of all the money spent across Europe, and it has underpinned our farming system for over 40 years.

Refugees set to get the right to vote as MSPs back Green proposal

Thu 21 Jun, 2018

Refugees living in Scotland are set to be given the right to vote after MSPs backed a Green proposal for voting to become an “important component of integration into Scottish society”. 

When enacted, the amendment from the World Refugee Day debate at Holyrood will see refugees and asylum seekers who are legally resident in Scotland given the ability to vote in all elections and referendums.

Lack of environmental vision in Scot Gov agriculture plan

Wed 20 Jun, 2018

The Scottish Greens have criticised the lack of environmental vision in the Scottish Government’s latest agriculture plan, saying it lags behind Westminster on the issue.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing today (20th June) launched a consultation into the future of agriculture payments post-Brexit, but critics say the proposals don’t go far enough to outline a clear vision for the sector.

Mark Ruskell MSP, food and farming spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

Finnie urges Ministers to intervene over golf course on environmentally-sensitive Coul Links

Wed 20 Jun, 2018

Highlands & Islands Green MSP John Finnie today (20 June) urged Scottish Ministers to step in, after Highland councillors approved plans to build a golf course on the environmentally-sensitive Coul Links dune system near Embo in Sutherland.

Planning officials had warned that the course would have a detrimental impact on a protected wildlife habitat, and had recommended refusal.

Organisations including RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust objected to the project.

John Finnie MSP said:

Harvie challenges SNP MPs on Heathrow after Labour changes stance

Wed 20 Jun, 2018

Green MSP Patrick Harvie is challenging SNP MPs to resist voting with the Tories on Heathrow expansion after Labour declared that its official position is against building a new runway, calling the plan “incompatible” with environmental and climate change obligations.

MPs are expected to vote on the UK Government proposals next Monday and ministers at Holyrood are going along with the Conservatives in the widely debunked claim that “a new third runway is deliverable within its international carbon commitments”.