Confirmation that strategy for rail includes our community fund

Mon 19 Mar, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (19 Mar) welcomed confirmation from government agency Transport Scotland that its strategy for investment in rail improvements over the next decade includes a new £2million community rail fund, part of the recent budget deal secured by the Green MSPs.

Our work to create a fair social security system

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 19 Mar, 2018

The transfer to Scotland of some powers over social security is a hugely important development in the devolution settlement. Not only because of the significance of the powers themselves – 15% of all benefits in Scotland, the power to to-up the other 85% and the ability to create new benefits – but because there is such a divide in opinion over what a fair social security system looks like between the UK Government and a majority of MSPs at Holyrood.

St Patrick's Day message of solidarity from Irish Greens shows power of co-operation in Europe

Sat 17 Mar, 2018

The leader of the Irish Green Party today (17 Mar) issued a St Patrick's Day message of solidarity to Scottish Greens meeting at their Spring conference in Greenock.

In a video message, Eamon Ryan TD (member of the Irish Parliament), former cabinet minister and leader of the Irish Greens since 2011, says there is "real strength" in the Green movement across Europe and by working together Greens can minimise the harm that Brexit will do.

Eamon said:

Local fiscal freedoms are urgently needed, Harvie tells #sgpconf

Sat 17 Mar, 2018

The case for reform of local taxation is urgent, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (17 Mar) told delegates at their Spring conference in Greenock.

Mr Harvie also hit out at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for blaming foreign workers for low wages, and warned of the threat to social, environmental and workplace standards from Tory Brexiteers.

 

Change is inevitable, and the Scottish Greens are leading that change in Scottish politics, says Chapman

Sat 17 Mar, 2018

Change is inevitable, and the Scottish Greens are leading that change in Scottish politics, the party’s co-convener Maggie Chapman will today (17 Mar) tell delegates at their Spring conference in Greenock.

Planning is a critical ingredient in tackling Scotland's housing crisis

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 16 Mar, 2018

To most folk, the planning system is of little interest. It is a somewhat dry and technical subject and only tends to excite people when neighbours propose an extension to their house or a new road is proposed. But planning in its modern form has been around for 70 years since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 and has shaped much of our communities. Before that, Scots such as Patrick Geddes developed ideas on the art and science of planning.

Repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act should prompt clubs to look at strict liability

Thu 15 Mar, 2018

Ahead of this afternoon's (15 Mar) final vote on the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, Scottish Green MSPs are urging football clubs to look again at the strict liability model which applies elsewhere in Europe.

John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"It's clearer than ever that the Act has not been an effective way to address sectarianism. Many of the activities it aimed to tackle are already covered by other legislation.

Statistics show need for rethink of government policies to tackle Scotland's housing crisis, says Wightman

Tue 13 Mar, 2018

Andy Wightman MSP, Housing spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's (13 Mar) statistics show the need for a rethink of government policies in order to tackle Scotland's housing crisis.

The latest Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland show the number of social housing completions is down 16 per cent on the same quarter in 2016, and private new build starts are up 6 per cent while local authority new starts are down 29 per cent.

Our amendments to Continuity Bill will plug gaps in environmental & animal welfare protections

Tue 13 Mar, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs are urging parliament to support their amendments to the Scottish Government's EU Continuity Bill to plug gaps in environmental and animal welfare protections.

Ahead of this afternoon's (13 Mar) Stage Two debate and tonight’s Finance & Constitution Committee votes on amendments to the Bill, the Scottish Greens called on MSPs from other parties to back changes including:

How Brexit and Scottish Independence interact: Maggie Chapman's speech to the Radical Independence conference

Maggie Chapman Mon 12 Mar, 2018

Good morning everyone, and thank you very much for inviting me to speak this morning – it’s great to be at another RIC conference, with so many folk eager to discuss how we can build ourselves a better country – one that is equal, peace-making, outward looking, welcoming and just for all.