Wightman launches Homes First campaign to control unregulated growth of short-term lets

Tue 7 Nov, 2017

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Nov) launched his "Homes First" campaign to control the rapid and unregulated growth of short-term lets, where owners of residential properties offer them as holiday accommodation.

Ruskell uses major European conference to challenge Scot Gov refusal to set up environmental court

Mon 6 Nov, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (6 Nov) used a session at a major European conference to challenge the Scottish Government over its recent decision not to set up a specialist environmental court.

Speaking at the European Environmental Bureau conference in Edinburgh, Mark Ruskell MSP said:

Let's use our income tax powers creatively and fairly

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 3 Nov, 2017

In March 2016, in the run-up to the first Holyrood election where serious income tax powers were on the table, I joined colleagues in a community centre in Edinburgh to launch the Green tax plan. We chose the venue because it was one of many local facilities that build quality of life in communities, but which have seen funding cuts since the UK’s austerity programme began.

#FMQs: Music school closure plans raised by Green MSP

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

The potential closure of a prestigious music school in Edinburgh was raised by a Green MSP at First Minister’s Questions today.

Lothian MSP Andy Wightman joined with Green councillors from the city last week to persuade the council to listen to parents’ and pupils’ from the City of Edinburgh Music School before taking a decision.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

Greer: Mundell giving workers no assurances over Brexit

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

A Green MSP has accused the Scottish secretary of playing down the threat that Brexit will have on jobs and wages.

Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens’ external affairs spokesperson, quizzed David Mundell at a meeting of Holyrood’s Europe committee about the economic impact that Brexit will have on workers’ in Scotland.

Greer also asked the Scottish secretary if he was “afraid of a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario”, following comments from Liam Fox that he was not afraid of crashing out without a deal.

Green pressure forces fundamental re-examination of income tax system

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (2 Nov) pointed to the Scottish Government's discussion paper on Income Tax as further proof that his party is leading the change in Scottish politics.

The Greens have so far been the only party proposing new rates and bands to give lower earners a tax cut, make higher earners pay more, all while reducing inequality and raising additional revenue for public services.

Greer challenges minister to reverse education budget cuts

Thu 2 Nov, 2017

The government must acknowledge the damage that budget cuts are having on young people with additional support needs and the school staff who support them a Green MSP will say today.

Government must focus more on preventative health measures say Greens

Wed 1 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Government must give a greater focus to preventative public health measures in order to improve the National Health Service, the Scottish Greens will say today.

Speaking in an opposition debate on the NHS in Scotland 2017 report, Green MSP Alison Johnstone will say the report’s findings prove there’s a greater need for early intervention and for general practice funding to be reformed to help support GP retention.

Stepping up demands for at least ten per cent of the transport budget to go into walking and cycling

Tue 31 Oct, 2017

Green MSPs today (31 Oct) used a Holyrood debate to step up demands for Scottish Ministers to invest at least ten per cent of the transport budget in walking and cycling, warning that the government is set to fail its own active travel target.

In 2012, Green MSP Alison Johnstone led Holyrood's first debate on cycling, with the parliament agreeing her motion which called on the Scottish Government to place active travel at the heart of the planning system.

Greenhouse gas target claims questioned by Greens

Tue 31 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Government has been told that it must invest 70% of the infrastructure budget in low-carbon projects by the end of the parliamentary term if it is serious about lowering greenhouse gas emissions, a Green MSP has said.