Scot Gov must prove it is serious on climate emergency

Tue 14 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has today challenged the Scottish Government to prove it’s serious about tackling the climate emergency, ahead of a major statement on the subject in parliament this afternoon. 

ICYMI: Scottish Greens win the weekend!

Scottish Greens Mon 13 May, 2019

What a weekend!  As well as all the sunshine, things started to hot up in the campaign for the European elections on 23 May. And it was the Scottish Greens making all the positive headlines with our message to choose hope over hate. If you missed any of it, here’s a wee round-up.
 

Sunday Mail endorses Scottish Greens

APD vote shows Greens are leading the change

Wed 8 May, 2019

Scottish Greens have hailed a vote to abandon planned cuts to air passenger duty and called on other parties to follow their lead in tackling the climate emergency.

A debate brought by Labour MSPs called for parliament to support dropping the tax cut, something which Greens have pushed for consistently. An SNP amendment, which passed with Green support, committed the Government to the policy u-turn, whilst also highlighting progress on low carbon infrastructure spending and introducing workplace parking levy powers – both of which have resulted from Green budget wins.

Climate: Greens urge support for workplace parking levy

Wed 8 May, 2019

Scottish Greens have called on other parties to end their opposition to a progressive workplace parking levy after the SNP ditched its plans to cut air passenger duty following declaration of a climate emergency.

Greens back new help to access council tax support

Fri 3 May, 2019

Scottish Greens are welcoming a new service from Citizens Advice Scotland to help people apply for assistance with paying their Council Tax bills.

The charity has this week launched a new online tool - https://www.checkmycounciltax.scot/- to help people check if they are entitled to reductions, deductions or exemptions.

The number of Scottish households receiving Council Tax Reduction has declined by 78,970 since 2013, prompting concerns that the scheme isn’t well known and that thousands of people could be missing out.

Scottish Government’s air tax cut is “as good as dead”

Fri 3 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader and Finance Spokesperson Patrick Harvie MSP has predicted that the Scottish Government will be forced to scrap its misguided air tax proposals in the wake of growing acceptance of the climate emergency.

The First Minister was given three opportunities to defend the damaging policy or finally drop it at FMQs on Thursday, notably from Mr Harvie’s colleague Alison Johnstone MSP, but on each occasion Nicola Sturgeon would only say that all Government policies will be reviewed.

FMQs: Urgent action needed in face of emergency

Thu 2 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Alison Johnstone MSP has today (2 May) called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action in the face of the climate emergency.

Last year climate scientists warned that we have just a decade to deliver the change needed to avoid a climate catastrophe, and today new guidance was issued to the Scottish Government by the Committee on Climate Change, its statutory advisor.

Ms Johnstone asked the First Minister what action the Scottish Government plan to take in the next year given the urgent nature of the emergency.

Greens: Ambitious climate action required

Thu 2 May, 2019

Scottish Greens Climate Spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP has called on the Scottish Government to take ambitious action to tackle the climate emergency.

Mr Ruskell’s comments come in the wake of the publication of new advice by the Committee on Climate Change.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Finnie: Chief Constable may end in court

Tue 30 Apr, 2019

Scottish Greens Justice Spokesperson and former Scottish Police Federation official John Finnie MSP this afternoon (30 Apr) warned the Cabinet Secretary for Justice that the Chief Constable of Police Scotland could end up in court unless urgent action is taken to improve the state of its police stations.

Mr Finnie raised the matter in the Scottish Parliament in the wake of comments from the Scottish Police Federation that much of the police estate is, “unfit for human habitation”.

Commenting afterwards John Finnie MSP said:

Greens encourage families to apply for new grant

Mon 29 Apr, 2019

Greens are encouraging all eligible families to apply for a new payment available to some families with nursery-age children, opening for applications today.

Families claiming low-income benefits can apply for the new Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment. This provides a one-off payment of £250 to help families with the cost of children aged two to three-and-half attending early years education.

It is the first entirely new social security payment made by the new devolved social security system.

Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone MSP said: