Scottish Greens propose new deal for onshore wind power

Thu 15 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have unveiled plans for a new deal for Scotland’s wind energy supply to meet future demand for electricity as fossil fuels are phased out.

The Scottish Greens manifesto pledges to replace existing turbines with newer, more powerful models and doubling the size of the industry. Making it easier to invest in onshore wind will come with conditionality to keep at least 70% of the supply chain in Scotland, creating thousands of jobs.

Scottish Greens manifesto reveals job creation plans

Wed 14 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens have revealed how the party will create over 100,000 jobs as part of its plans for a green recovery that cuts Scotland’s climate emissions.

Central to the Scottish Green Party’s manifesto are plans to create over 100,000 jobs by investing in renewable energy, warm homes, public transport and restoring nature.

The document shows 10,000 jobs can be created by upgrading Scotland’s onshore wind turbines and investing in the enormous potential of tidal power, using direct subsidy to protect the Scottish supply chain.

Greens urge caution on safe distancing as travel restrictions ease

Tue 13 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have urged caution as restrictions lift to avoid a new wave of the COVID-19 virus.

Following the announcement that people will be able to leave local authority areas and gather in larger groups from this Friday, Scottish Greens candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife Mark Ruskell said: “The news that family members will be able to meet for the first time in many months will be welcome relief, but we will only avoid another wave of the virus if we are cautious. That means maintaining safe distancing and staying outdoors.

Scottish Greens pledge new deal for hospitality workers

Tue 13 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will work to improve pay and job security for workers in pubs and restaurants as part of the green recovery.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie will highlight the importance of trade unions in the recovery today on the campaign trail.

Patrick Harvie said: “The hospitality sector has had a grim year, and supporting small independent hospitality businesses should be seen as a strategic priority for economic recovery.

Scottish Greens Pledge to End Primary School Homework

Mon 12 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens are set to propose an end to homework in primary schools, pointing to evidence that rather than helping to improve attainment, it can often have a harmful effect on younger children’s attitude towards learning.

Greens to guarantee pupils rights to residential trips

Mon 12 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will tomorrow unveil proposals to guarantee every pupil at least one residential trip during their time at both primary and secondary schools.

The proposal, set to be launched at the party’s manifesto launch in Glasgow, would give every school pupil a right to at least one residential school trip, as well as establish a support fund to ensure that low-income families are not excluded on grounds of cost.

Scotland should begin playing a bigger role on the international stage in preparation for independence, say Greens

Fri 9 Apr, 2021

Scotland can play a more active role in the international community, even before independence is achieved according to the Scottish Greens’ manifesto for the upcoming Holyrood elections.

The Greens’ are set to propose that Scotland seek associate membership of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nordic Council, as well as observer status of the Arctic Council.

Scottish Greens pledge more powers for councils

Fri 9 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens will today pledge to give councils more powers to improve local services.

These include more support to take bus companies in-house, powers to bring vacant properties back into use and reforms of local taxation.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “The Scottish Greens have worked hard to grant councils new ways to raise revenue but it’s clear Scotland remains too centralised.

“Greens will oppose ministerial vetoes over locally-made decisions, but we need to give councils more power too.

Scottish Greens: secure oil and gas workers future now

Thu 8 Apr, 2021

Scottish Greens have called for the just transition away from oil and gas to begin now, to tackle the climate emergency and secure the future of communities.

In a visit to the North East, co-leader Patrick Harvie will call for subsidies to be shifted away from fossil fuels and reinvested in low-carbon alternatives like renewable energy.

Commenting, Patrick Harvie said: “The UK Government is absolutely reckless in its decision to invest further public subsidy in exploration for new oil and gas.

Greens pledge anonymity and legal aid for victims

Wed 7 Apr, 2021

The Scottish Greens will today pledge to enshrine anonymity for victims of sexual offences in law, and make legal aid available to all domestic abuse victims.

Unlike other UK nations, there is no general prohibition on identifying sexual offence complainers in Scotland. Instead there is an 'understanding' to maintain anonymity between mainstream media outlets.