Pressure mounting on Scottish Ministers to set target of zero carbon emissions by 2040

Wed 27 Dec, 2017

Pressure is mounting on Scottish Ministers to set a target of zero carbon emissions by 2040, as a leading expert in the field lends his weight to analysis from the Scottish Greens.

The Scottish Government's proposal for the forthcoming Climate Change Bill is a 90 per cent reduction by 2050, which represents a slowing down in the current rate of action. 

Green MSPs have warned this risks stalling progress on low-carbon infrastructure such as energy efficient housing, greener buses and new rail lines.

Young people across Scotland can claim 2018 for themselves

Ross Greer MSP Fri 22 Dec, 2017

I love Christmas. In the cheesiest, most clichéd way it’s my favourite time of the year. Yes, the capitalist pressure to prove how much you love someone by spending more and more money you don’t have on more and more gifts isn’t great but spending time with family, at church and just doing absolutely nothing are the highlight of my year.

Ruskell says Safer Streets are a step nearer with support from 25 MSPs from four parties

Thu 21 Dec, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today (21 Dec) said safer streets are a step nearer after his proposal to lower the default speed limit in built up areas from 30 to 20mph received support from 25 MSPs from four parties. (See list below.)

The deadline for MSPs to formally endorse Mark's proposal has now passed, with supporters including the SNP's Clare Adamson, who convenes Holyrood's cross-party group on Accident Prevention, Labour's David Stewart, winner of the Scottish Road Safety Parliamentarian Award, Labour leader Richard Leonard and the Libdems' Alex Cole-Hamilton.

Green MSP points to oversight in Energy Strategy

Wed 20 Dec, 2017

There is a glaring omission in Scotland’s Energy Strategy says a Green MSP, who questioned ministers at Holyrood today as to why waste incineration does not feature in the document.

Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ energy spokesperson will write to ministers asking why waste incineration, which has the potential to increase airborne emissions, was not included in the strategy.

Ruskell says evasive answers by Climate Change Secretary on low carbon infrastructure ring alarm bells

Tue 19 Dec, 2017

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's (19 Dec) "evasive answers" by Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham to basic questions about low carbon infrastructure should ring alarm bells that the government intends to slow down action on climate change.

Rising inflation shows need for Scot Gov to increase devolved benefits to meet cost of living

Tue 19 Dec, 2017

Ahead of today’s (Tue 19 Dec) Stage One vote at Holyrood on the Social Security Bill, Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said rising inflation shows the need for the UK Government to scrap the benefits freeze and for the Scottish Government to ensure new devolved benefits increase with the cost of living.

Alison pressed the issue of uprating devolved benefits at least in line with inflation during committee scrutiny of the Social Security Bill.

Harvie says analysis shows ministers have work to do on council funding and pay

Mon 18 Dec, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's (18 Dec) draft budget analysis by the impartial Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows ministers have serious work to do on council funding and pay if they want support from the Green MSPs.

The SPICe analysis shows:

*The Local Government Finance Circular shows Total Revenue falling by 1.6% in real terms, or £157.3m.

*Councils could potentially raise an additional £77m, if all 32 raised Council Tax by the maximum 3%.

Our councils deliver critically important services and the decision not to provide a real terms increase to their funding must be challenged

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 15 Dec, 2017

Derek Mackay has one of the most challenging jobs in politics. He has to construct a budget which not only balances the books, but defends against Tory austerity and meets rising demand for public services. He has to respond to the competing demands for investment in the future and also to the different views across a parliament of minorities.

Harvie welcomes plans for new rates and bands of Income Tax - Green pressure helping deliver a fairer Scotland

Thu 14 Dec, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens, today (14 Dec) welcomed Scottish Government plans to create new rates and bands of Income Tax, saying it shows Green pressure is helping deliver a fairer Scotland.

The Greens also say their pressure on public sector pay has led to the proposed rise of 3 per cent for workers earning up to £30,000.

But Mr Harvie warned that the draft budget fails the Greens' test on protecting council services, as ministers are proposing a real-terms cut in the local government resource budget.

Harvie restates budget priorities of fairer taxes and protection of public services ahead of this afternoon's statement

Thu 14 Dec, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens, today (14 Dec) restated his party's budget priorities of fairer taxes and protection of public services, ahead of this afternoon's statement from the Finance Secretary.