#SGPConf mandates MSPs to push for progressive income tax, fair public pay in Scottish Budget

Sun 22 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (22 Oct) agreed to mandate their MSPs to push for progressive changes to income tax, protection of public services and a fair public sector pay settlement, when they engage with the minority SNP Government over the 2018-19 budget.

Members supported a motion which stated: “Refusal by the Scottish Government to make further use of the [income tax] powers available to it is unacceptable.”

#SGPConf agrees to secure rights of EU citizens in Scotland and to fight for free movement

Sun 22 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (22 Oct) agreed to call on the Scottish Government to commit to democratic use of Brexit powers and to not follow the example of the UK Government, who are using the EU Withdrawal Bill to cut parliament out of the Brexit process as much as possible.

Members supported a motion which noted that Scotland voted neither for a Tory UK government nor for Brexit, and that the EU Withdrawal Bill should be denied the legislative consent of the Scottish Parliament.

#SGPConf: Chapman says Greens now on a quest

Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Scottish Green Party co-convener Maggie Chapman has challenged the Scottish Government to once again ‘nick’ her party’s policies and include them in the next Programme for Government.

Speaking at the Scottish Green Party’s autumn conference in Edinburgh, Maggie Chapman told members that the Scottish Greens were now on a “quest” and reminded them of their ABCs – “abolish alienation, build belonging and create communities”.

Chapman went on to say that Greens are now at the forefront of campaigning for an economy that works for all and does not “bleed the environment dry”.

Greens rally to extend fracking ban

Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Scottish Green Party members have voted unanimously for a permanent ban on fracking and appealed to the Scottish Government to include a statement to that effect in the country’s National Planning Framework.

During an impassioned speech, Mark Ruskell MSP, the Scottish Greens’ environment spokesperson, said that party members could be proud of their partial victory in extending the pause and reminded delegates that Greens have “opposed fracking from the start” and will always do so.

The party is meeting at Edinburgh Napier University for its autumn conference.

#SGPConf: Harvie says tax reform is "only way" Government can expect Green support for budget

Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Scottish Greens meeting at their Autumn conference in Edinburgh today (21 Oct) heard from party co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP that tax reform is the "only way" the minority SNP Government can expect Green support for the 2018-19 budget.

Addressing the conference in his keynote speech, Mr Harvie reiterated his call for the SNP to drop their policy of cutting tax for the aviation industry and wealthy frequent fliers.

He said:

Scottish Greens - the Quest

Maggie Chapman Sat 21 Oct, 2017

Good afternoon friends.

 

It really is so good to be here with you all, after quite a year. And it is great to be speaking after Kim and the others who have been so inspiring in their local campaigning. It is good to be reminded that more Council chambers than ever before have Green voices in them.

 

We’ve been calling for it for decades ... it’s good to see Basic Income on the agenda

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Kermit the frog once famously remarked that “It's not easy being green”. Sometimes that feels pretty close to the truth.

One of the most familiar experiences for Greens in politics is how long we have to work on our priorities before other parties to eventually catch up. It can often feel like our policies are launched ten years ahead of their time, giving us a decade to campaign for what feels like radical action after which someone else pinches our policy and it becomes accepted wisdom.

Greens welcome government support for Equal Protection bill

Fri 20 Oct, 2017

A Green MSP’s bill to see children being given ‘equal protection from assault’ has received a renewed commitment from the Scottish Government, with a statement saying they “will ensure it becomes law”.

If enacted, John Finnie’s bill will “give children equal protection from assault by prohibiting the physical punishment of children by parents and others caring for or in charge of children”.

Scottish Labour announced earlier this week that it would also support the bill, saying it is “the right thing to do”.

Public sector pay: Greens hear from nurses and urge real terms rise

Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today urged Scottish Ministers to give public sector workers such as nurses a real-terms pay rise.

Ahead of the Scottish Greens' conference in Edinburgh this weekend (21 and 22 Oct), Ms Johnstone and party co-conveners Patrick Harvie MSP and Maggie Chapman were due today to meet with nurses and officials from the Royal College of Nursing to discuss the pay pressures staff have faced.

Public sector pay: Harvie urges real terms rise

Tue 17 Oct, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today added his voice to calls for public sector workers to be given a real-terms pay rise.

Ahead of discussions with the minority SNP government about the 2018-19 budget, the Greens have argued for a fairer system of income tax rates and bands to reduce inequality and raise extra funds for public services.