Longannet report shows need for just transition honesty from government

Thu 27 Feb, 2020

Communities that rely on fading industries must be supported now, the Scottish Greens have warned.

The Interim Report of the Just Transition Commission has challenged the Scottish Government over the closure of the coal power station at Longannet, warning it had a negative impact on nearby communities.

Free bus travel for young people in Scotland

Wed 26 Feb, 2020

Young people aged 18 and under are set to get free bus travel in Scotland, thanks to the Scottish Green Party.

The Scottish Government has agreed to work to implement free bus travel for young people in Scotland, in a major win for the Scottish Greens as part of the Scottish budget process.

This means from 2021 young people across Scotland should be able to travel for free on bus routes, in a similar way to the entitlement currently held by over-60s.

The budget deal also puts an additional £95m towards local services across Scotland such as schools and libraries.

Lessons from school fire must be learned

Mon 24 Feb, 2020

Following a fire at Park Primary School in Invergordon today, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:

Scotland must revisit 20mph after 130 countries sign pledge

Mon 24 Feb, 2020

Scotland should revisit the idea of a 20mph national speed limit for residential streets after 130 countries signed a pledge to introduce it, Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell has said.

Over 100,000 kids may miss out on new poverty benefit, warn Greens

Mon 24 Feb, 2020

Scottish Green research can reveal that over 100,000 poor Scots families may not get access to money aimed at reducing child poverty.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission estimates a 74% take-up of the Scottish Child Payment in 2024/5.

This is lower than the Scottish Government’s estimate of 83% and also than the take-up of Child Benefit, which stands at 93%. Topping up Child Benefit is the Scottish Green Party’s preferred method of boosting the incomes of poorer families.

Nicola Sturgeon urged to intervene over airport use by US Military

Sun 23 Feb, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to intervene over concerns US officials have blocked Police Scotland investigations into the use of Scottish Airports by the US Military.

Since 2013, Police Scotland have been investigating the use of Scottish Airports during America’s so-called ‘War on Terror’ but have failed to obtain details of a unredacted US Senate report.

Greer calls for urgent statement on Education stats

Fri 21 Feb, 2020

The Education Secretary must make an urgent statement to Parliament and answer questions from MSPs following his department’s shambolic handling of a report on the 2019 exam results, which was eventually published late last night, says Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP.

Ross Greer MSP said:

“Publishing this report at 8pm on a Thursday night, after MSPs have returned to their constituencies, is a blatant attempt to avoid scrutiny.

Finnie hails Coul Links decision

Fri 21 Feb, 2020

Welcoming the decision of Scottish Ministers to refuse planning permission for a proposed golf course at Coul Links, Scottish Greens Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:

“I am absolutely delighted that this ill thought out and unsuitable application has been rejected. It seems the Scottish Government has learned the lesson from the disastrous decision to grant permission for Trump’s course in Aberdeenshire after all.

Nicola Sturgeon challenged over future of Mossmorran

Thu 20 Feb, 2020

Scottish Greens have challenged Nicola Sturgeon to engage with the community impacted by the Fife gas plant at Mossmorran.

Scottish Green environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell raised the issue at First Minister’s Questions after agency staff walked out of Mossmorran yesterday citing health and safety concerns linked to recent flaring activity which has caused widespread pollution.

Environment agency SEPA has rated the site ‘poor’ in its latest report.

Asylum seekers must be enfranchised say Greens

Thu 20 Feb, 2020

MSPs could make Scotland a more welcoming place for asylum seekers by backing proposals to extend the voting franchise this afternoon, according to Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell.

Scottish Greens proposals to extend the right to vote to refugees have already been incorporated in the bill and Mr Ruskell, a Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, says his amendments to the bill, extending the franchise to asylum seekers, would ensure that everyone who makes up our communities has a say in who represents them.

Mark Ruskell MSP said: