BBC UK management at long last appear to be listening to their Scottish audience

22 February, 2017 - 13:49

Ross Greer, Culture & Media spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) welcomed proposals from the BBC to create a new TV channel for Scotland and a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

Ross said:

Wider debate on business rates needed in Parliament

22 February, 2017 - 13:47

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Feb) urged a future parliamentary debate on how and where business rates are decided as the Government's review is too limited.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Local Government Committee, Mr Wightman proposed annulling the 2017 Non-Domestic Rates Order to prompt an explanation from the Finance Secretary about how rates are decided.

Greens urge First Minister to press ahead with Young Carers Allowance

21 February, 2017 - 15:46

A Scottish Green MSP has challenged the Scottish Government to introduce a Young Carer Allowance after a report revealed that young carers tend to “live in more deprived circumstances than the average young population”.

Soon after the election in May 2016, the First Minister said she would "consider the introduction of a young carers allowance", a Scottish Greens’ manifesto commitment, adding that it "has real merit".

Business rates measures show need for proper scrutiny of Holyrood's second-biggest source of income

21 February, 2017 - 15:40

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's package of measures from the Scottish Government to address concerns about business rates shows the need for proper scrutiny of Holyrood's second-biggest source of income.

SNP’s timid tax plans don’t justify blocking historic budget win, say Greens

21 February, 2017 - 14:59

The Green group of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament will allow today’s Scottish Rate Resolution to pass in order to protect the unprecedented budget concession by the Scottish Government which will support local public services with an additional £160 million of funding to councils.

Green MSPs also forced the abandonment of the SNP’s proposed increase to the Higher Rate threshold, which would have resulted in a tax cut for the highest-paid 10% of earners.

DWP minister refuses Green MSP’s invitation

20 February, 2017 - 10:41

It has been revealed in a letter to a Green MSP, that the UK government minister behind the announced closures of up to 23 Jobcentre Plus sites across Scotland, has refused to visit Greater Glasgow, the area set to lose the majority of the offices.

Non-domestic rates: Wightman calls for proper scrutiny

20 February, 2017 - 09:42

Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, will this week prompt a debate at Holyrood's Local Government Committee about the lack of scrutiny of Non-Domestic Rates, which raise almost £3billion a year for council services.

At Wednesday’s committee, Andy will move a motion to annul the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2017 (SSI 2017/8).

Scotland being dragged into corporate power grab by Government happy for big business to call the shots

15 February, 2017 - 14:09

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (15 Feb) warned that the approval of the controversial EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) could make fracking in Scotland more likely.

The Right Support for All Children 

Ross Greer MSP Tue 14 Feb

The sign of a good school is one where every pupil has the right support, where their needs as an individual are met and not just the needs of the class as a whole. With one in four school pupils in Scotland having an identified additional support need, ranging from autism or dyslexia to English as a second language or a physical disability, making sure that individual support is there can be a challenge but it is absolutely essential. 

"Postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland

12 February, 2017 - 10:06

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, today (12 Feb) published Freedom of Information requests which show a "postcode lottery" of road safety across Scotland.

Councils were asked how many 20mph zones they have. The results show a huge variation, with Clackmannanshire saying all residential streets are 20mph and Edinburgh saying the majority of its streets are 20mph with a further 810 zones planned. By contrast, North Ayrshire Council only has four permanent 20mph zones and Falkirk has none. Neither plans to introduce any new 20mph zones.