Minimum pricing: Green MSP slams failed bid by drinks lobby

Wed 15 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject the challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association for there to be a minimum price for alcohol set in Scotland.

Green health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP says the alcohol companies behind the failed block should be “ashamed of themselves” and called on ministers to now get on with putting the policy in place.

Lothian MSP Alison Johnstone said:

Greer urges Ministers to ensure sex and relationships education, and mental health education, are delivered to every young person

Wed 15 Nov, 2017

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will today (15 Nov) use a Holyrood debate to urge Scottish Ministers to ensure that essential topics such as the consent principle in sex and relationships education, and mental health education, are delivered to every young person.

He will say that these topics can help address the challenges of sexual harassment, rape culture and the steep rise in young people suffering from poor mental health.

Teach First: Lucky escape for ministers say Greens

Tue 14 Nov, 2017

The government “got lucky” says a Green MSP after a charity pulled out of the running to win a contract to deliver new routes into teaching.

The controversial scheme by Teach First, already in place in England, would have seen trainee teachers fast-tracked into schools after just five weeks of training and at a significantly higher cost than those who graduate from Scottish universities.

Funding proposal for GP practices welcomed by Greens

Mon 13 Nov, 2017

A new funding formula proposed by the BMA,  aimed at providing more money for GP practices in deprived areas, has been welcomed by the Greens.

The formula is one of several new measures in a proposed new contract for general practice in Scotland and Alison Johnstone MSP, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, says her party has been campaigning on the issue for some time, highlighting how GP practices in more deprived areas currently receive only £2.28 more per patient.

No young person should miss out on support they need

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

Waiting for universal credit payments may put over 23,000 low income families in the UK at risk of destitution this winter.  Demand on food banks is rising, and applicants are left distressed and confused by complex applications.  The calamitous roll out of universal credit shows our benefits system at its disjointed worst.

Why I choose to wear a white poppy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 10 Nov, 2017

For generations, people have gathered together in remembrance on the 11th of November, the anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in 1918, or on the following Sunday. But the feelings people have about this have always differed, and over recent years a note of intolerance has crept in. It often seems that a minority of people want this moment to become one of enforced jingoistic patriotism, or even a celebration of militarism, rather than solemn remembrance.

Johnstone amends Child Poverty Bill to ensure Scot Gov considers benefit top-up

Wed 8 Nov, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Nov) welcomed Parliament's support for her amendment to the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill, which means the Scottish Government will be required to say in each of the Bill's Delivery Plans if it intends to use new top-up powers to increase the value of Child Benefit.
 
Alison said:
 

Wightman leads Holyrood debate on "Homes First" campaign, warning "a modern day clearance is underway"

Wed 8 Nov, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (5pm, 8 Nov) will lead a Holyrood debate on his "Homes First" campaign, warning that "a modern day clearance is underway" as communities are "torn asunder" by the rapid and unregulated growth of short-term lets.

The journey toward equality is far from complete

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 8 Nov, 2017

Growing up in the 80s, I came out less than a decade after the partial decriminalisation of gay and bisexual men in Scotland. Leaving school at 18, I knew that the age of consent was still 21. Though arrest and prosecution seemed unlikely, we could never help but be aware that they were a possibility even for ordinary, consenting relationships between young adults.

Johnstone steps up call for GP funding for deprived areas

Tue 7 Nov, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Nov) stepped up her call for the government to better target GP practice spending in the most deprived areas to help tackle health inequalities.

Figures released today show that practices in the most deprived 20 per cent of postcodes are paid on average just £2.28 more per patient than practices in the least deprived 20 per cent of postcodes.