Climate Plan shows Scot Gov have given up on walking & cycling, and reducing pollution from farming

10 March, 2017 - 09:12

Scottish Green MSPs say that the draft Climate Plan published by the Scottish Government shows that ministers have given up on key issues such as increasing walking and cycling, and reducing pollution from farming. Four Holyrood committees have today (10 March) published reports criticising the draft plan.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP, a member of Holyrood's Environment Committee, said:

We propose a new relationship of equals between the Scottish Government and local councils

10 March, 2017 - 08:24

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 March) published a report urging a new relationship of equals between the Scottish Government and local councils.

The report, A Fiscal Framework for Local Government, points out that there are no fixed rules underpinning the way that local councils are funded by the Scottish Government.

In this year's budget discussions, Green MSPs pressed for and secured an additional £160million for local councils to spend on local priorities.

Greens head to spring conference buoyed by council poll

9 March, 2017 - 17:38

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a poll by Ipsos MORI showing that the party could be set to make gains at the council elections across Scotland in May.

The poll puts the party on eight percent of first preference votes, an indication that voters “continue to back the Greens” says Andy Wightman MSP.

Independence poll is warning to Tories say Greens

9 March, 2017 - 17:11

A poll by Ipsos MORI showing an increase in support for Scottish independence has been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

The party’s co-convener Maggie Chapman says it’s “little wonder” there is a rise in support for Yes because of the UK government’s “arrogant and inflexible” Brexit negotiation stance.

Maggie Chapman, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, said:

FMQs: Greens press government to bolster “half-baked” climate plan

9 March, 2017 - 15:32

The dismal pace at which Scotland is transitioning away from fossil fuels was raised at First Minister’s Questions, with Patrick Harvie MSP citing issues with the Scottish Government’s “half-baked” climate plan.

The Scottish Greens’ co-convener pushed the Deputy First Minister to allocate extra capital funding, revealed in the chancellor’s budget, towards growing low carbon infrastructure to create “genuinely sustainable jobs that the country will need for the post-oil era”.

Citizen's Income discussion couldn't have come at a better time

Alison Johnstone MSP Thu 9 Mar

Paying all citizens a basic amount of money to live off, regardless of status, is at the same time a very old and a thoroughly modern idea. As far back as 1795, American revolutionary Thomas Paine wanted to reduce inequalities between people who did and did not own land by creating a nation fund, supported by an extra land tax, that would have paid a lump sum to everyone at the age of 21.

Scottish Ministers refuse to commit to education proposals including support for LGBTI+ pupils and “poverty-proofing” of schools

8 March, 2017 - 17:23

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight expressed disappointment after Scottish Ministers refused to commit funding to a series of education proposals including support for LGBTI+ pupils and the “poverty-proofing” of schools.

Scottish Ministers must use UK Budget cash to invest in social infrastructure

8 March, 2017 - 14:26

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance & Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 March) hit out at the UK Government Budget, while also urging Scottish Ministers to use capital funds wisely.

On the increase in National Insurance contributions for self-employed workers, Patrick said:

Women and the redefining of power and politics

Maggie Chapman Wed 8 Mar

It is usual, on International Women’s Day, to reflect on the achievements and successes of women, on the victories of past campaigners, on the importance of equality and on just how far we have come. Yes, it is important to do all of these things. But it is also important to do more than this. IWD gives us the opportunity to foreground the kind of future we want for our daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters, and indeed for our sons, grandsons, great grandsons, and descendants of neither binary gender.

Children and young people themselves need to be at the centre of the Named Person process

7 March, 2017 - 15:11

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 March) welcomed a statement in Parliament from Education Secretary John Swinney on the Named Person scheme and called for further direct engagement with children and young people.

Last July, a Supreme Court judgement confirmed that providing a named person as a point of contact and support for every child and their family would not breach human rights but asked for clarity around information-sharing provisions.