Urgent action needed to end homelessness

Tue 23 Feb, 2021

The Scottish Government must take urgent action to end homelessness in Scotland, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Mr Harvie made the call after experimental statistics published by the National Records of Scotland estimated that 216 homeless people died in 2019, an increase of 11% on the previous year.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens: Kids should start school at seven

Sun 21 Feb, 2021

Scotland should introduce a kindergarten stage, with children starting formal primary schooling at seven, the Scottish Greens have said.

Research shows a Nordic-style kindergarten system between the ages of three and six, with learning undertaken through ‘creative play’ rather than a ‘formal learning’ approach, would improve children’s wellbeing and educational outcomes later in their school career.

Greens: Universal solutions to poverty needed

Wed 17 Feb, 2021

The First Minister must commit now to universal solutions to tackle rising poverty, the Scottish Greens have said.

Patrick Harvie: Further changes needed to budget

Tue 16 Feb, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP has warned the Scottish Government that more needs to be done to tackle poverty in communities across the country.

Mr Harvie said as well as doing more to tackle poverty the Scottish Government also needs to increase its ambition on investment in green jobs to sow the seeds of a green economic recovery.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The Scottish Government must go further to deliver a budget that tackles poverty and lays the foundations for a green recovery.

School return priority must mean school staff vaccinations

Tue 16 Feb, 2021

The phased return of schools should be kept as safe as possible, including prioritising teachers in the next vaccination phase, the Scottish Greens have said.

The First Minister announced P1-3 pupils will return to school on Monday, as well as some senior phase students, with further pupils expected to return in March.

Responding, Scottish Greens parliamentary co-leader Alison Johnstone said: “The progress on the vaccination programme is most welcome, as is the commitment to regularly test school staff, as proposed by the Scottish Greens last year.

Scottish Child Payment not enough to recover families from the pandemic, Greens warn

Mon 15 Feb, 2021

The Scottish Child Payment, which has started to be paid today, will not be enough to support families recovering from the pandemic, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The payment, a £10 top-up of existing benefits, has begun rollout, but poverty groups have urged the First Minister to at least double it. It is also estimated that thousands will miss it because of low take-up

Scottish Greens: sack the SQA board

Fri 12 Feb, 2021

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has branded the Scottish Qualifications Authority “not fit for purpose” and called on the Scottish Government to sack the board of the bungling exams body.

Hydrogen 'no silver bullet', warn Scottish Greens

Thu 11 Feb, 2021

Scottish Government plans for a ‘hydrogen economy’ shows an over reliance on the fossil fuel sector and technologies that haven’t been developed yet to provide an emergency response to the climate crisis, the Scottish Greens have warned.

In a statement to MSPs, Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse pledged to press on with a move to hydrogen energy, even though he conceded it was not yet known how it could integrate with the gas grid.

Greens call on Scottish Government to stop support for companies profiting from war in Yemen

Thu 11 Feb, 2021

The Scottish Greens have called on the Scottish Government to end all cash grants and support for companies profiting from the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. This follows the decision of the US Government to halt arms sales and support for the Saudi Arabian military in Yemen.

The bombing campaign has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, including widespread famine and cholera outbreaks. This crisis is only possible because of the complicity and support of arms companies and arms-dealing governments like the UK.