Greens propose mass testing plans for Scotland

Sat 26 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Greens have written to Nicola Sturgeon with proposals to move to mass testing in Scotland to step up the fight against COVID-19.

The five-point plan includes stepping up the use of NHS Labs to improve access to testing and introduce regular testing for front line staff – something the Scottish Greens have been calling for since April.

It also proposes rolling out new point-of-care tests to everyone as a way of quickly identifying and suppressing the virus so that restrictions don’t have to last longer than needed.

Mixed messages unfair for students

Fri 25 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens have called for clarity around guidance for students, after the Universities Minister gave mixed messages in a Good Morning Scotland interview.

On radio, Richard Lochhead said he expected universities to be pragmatic when students are not coping and need to go home, but also reminded listeners that students could not mix with other households, even if that is the parental home they have just left.

Committee must investigate impact of Kent border on food exports

Fri 25 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has called on the Conservative Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy Committee to call UK Ministers before it to explain how chaotic Brexit plans will impact Scotland’s food producers.

In a letter to Sir Edward Mountain, Mr Finnie highlights recent reports that queues of 7,000 port-bound trucks could be delayed for up to two days in Kent, where hauliers would require a Kent Access Permit to enter, and the need for the committee to understand the impact this would have on Scotland’s food exporters.

Global strike: Climate breakdown is being ignored

Fri 25 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Greens have warned other parties they are ignoring the climate breakdown, as pupils strike today in an urgent call for action.

There is global strike action today by the Fridays for Future movement, led by Greta Thunberg, including distanced events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort William and Dumfries and Galloway.

Rail and Road should be considered for Rest and Be Thankful

Thu 24 Sep, 2020

Responding to a statement on the Scottish Government’s infrastructure plan, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson and Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie has called on the Transport Secretary to consider a rail and road solution to the ongoing Rest and Be Thankful saga.

Speaking afterward, John Finnie MSP said:

“Events at the Rest and Be Thankful illustrate the devastating impact the climate emergency is having and will continue to have on Scotland’s infrastructure.

FMQs: Students halls perfect environment for virus to spread

Thu 24 Sep, 2020

Packing students into university halls in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic was akin to the situation with cruise ships at the beginning of the pandemic, Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP has said.

Speaking at First Minister’s questions this afternoon Mr Harvie noted that bringing people together from far and wide into densely populated accommodation has created the perfect conditions for the spread of the virus.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Scottish Greens: Wages top-up no replacement to furlough

Thu 24 Sep, 2020

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that instead of extendin gthe furlough scheme, employees will have to be working for at least a third of their normal hours to qualify for a new jobs support scheme which will see the government pay the rest of their wages.

100 evictions: Greens call for winter evictions ban

Thu 24 Sep, 2020

Scottish Greens Housing Spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has today launched a campaign for a winter eviction ban.

Mr Wightman launched his campaign to prohibit eviction of private tenants between 1st November and 31st March as the Housing and Property Tribunal issued its 100th eviction order for private tenants since it reopened following lockdown.

Andy Wightman MSP said:

University testing sites vital say Greens

Wed 23 Sep, 2020

The Scottish Greens have renewed calls on the Scottish Government to accelerate the roll out of walk-through testing centres in university towns and cities after a spate of coronavirus cases were reported, including once instance in which 500 students were told to self-isolate in Dundee.

Scottish Greens Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP had repeatedly called on the Scottish Government to open these sites before universities terms started, but so far only sites at St Andrews and Glasgow Caledonian universities have opened.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Finnie backs striking sleeper workers 

Tue 22 Sep, 2020

Responding to reports that Caledonian Sleeper staff are to strike, Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP said: