Accident and Emergency spike shows need for COVID caution

Tue 6 Jul, 2021

A spike in A&E submissions shows health services may still be vulnerable to COVID cases rising, the Scottish Greens have said.

Greens welcome decision to retain BBC Scotland studios

Tue 6 Jul, 2021

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a decision that BBC Scotland’s two Glasgow-based studios will not be transferred to a London-based subsidiary company, securing jobs at the facilities.

The BECTU trade union had warned that the 150 jobs directly employed by the BBC’s two Glasgow-based studios could be at risk, which Scottish Greens culture spokesperson Ross Greer raised with Nicola Sturgeon at FMQS.

Following this, Greer convened a meeting between representatives of BECTU and Scottish Government Culture Secretary Angus Robertson.

Greens: Scotland must not follow Johnson easing plan

Mon 5 Jul, 2021

Scotland cannot follow Boris Johnson’s plans to ease COVID restrictions while the country has the highest rates in Europe, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The Prime Minister is expected to announce the removal of measures in England from the 19 July – including ending mandatory face coverings, social distancing measures and track and trace information gathering in hospitality settings.

This is despite a sharp rise in cases thanks to the Delta variant.

Flash floods show need for preventative investment

Mon 5 Jul, 2021

The extreme flash floods in Edinburgh show that more investment is needed in climate adaptation measures to deal with rising temperatures, the Scottish Greens have said.

Streets turned to rivers on Sunday, putting pressure on fire crews and resulting in an expensive clean-up operation.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The capital is just the latest flashpoint where the climate crisis is having an impact on Scotland’s infrastructure as extreme weather events become more and more common.

BBC Scotland urged to consult staff union on studio transfer proposal

Sat 3 Jul, 2021

BBC Scotland bosses have been urged by the Scottish Greens to consult their staff on a proposal to outsource the ownership of two studios at its Glasgow HQ.

The call comes from Greens culture spokesperson Ross Greer MSP after it emerged that the Pacific Quay leadership no longer intended to engage with studio staff before making its submission to the BBC’s Director General in London, a move that trade union BECTU described as “scandalous”. Greer has written to BBC Scotland Director Steve Carson, urging him to engage with BECTU immediately.

SQA slammed for promoting positives of climate change

Thu 1 Jul, 2021

Scotland’s exams body has been slammed for insisting that the ‘positives’ of global warming are given equal consideration in the National 5 Geography course.

The SQA’s course specification states that the pros and cons of climate change should be given equal weight, a position Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has branded “deeply inappropriate”.

Support for isolation remains key as cases climb

Wed 30 Jun, 2021

Supporting people who test positive for coronavirus to self-isolate remains key as case numbers hit a record high, Scottish Greens health and social care spokesperson Gillian Mackay has said.

The call comes after figures published today showed that 3,887 positive cases were registered.

Gillian Mackay said:

“While the roll played by the vaccines in reducing serious illness, hospitalisations and deaths is clear in these figures, the significant increase in case numbers, to a record high, is cause for concern.

Greens call for support as Benefit Cap cuts hit record high

Fri 25 Jun, 2021

Scottish Greens are calling on the Scottish Government to guarantee full mitigation of the Benefit Cap.

The Benefit Cap is a UK Government policy which caps the amount of social security a household can receive, regardless of the level of need.

Scottish Greens defend BBC Scotland jobs

Thu 24 Jun, 2021

The Scottish Government must intervene over BBC plans to transfer its Glasgow studio to a London-based subsidiary company, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s culture spokesperson Ross Greer raised the issue at First Minister’s Questions after warnings from the BECTU trade union that dozens of the 150 jobs directly employed by the BBC’s two Glasgow-based studios could be at risk.