Harvie on draft Brexit deal: It’s not too late to stop the mess

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

Reacting to the draft Brexit agreement published tonight, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"After months of build-up, Theresa May has returned triumphant with this damp squib of a deal. The one thing we can be sure of is that this won’t be implemented as it stands, such is the act of self-harm it would represent.

Greer steps up call for action amid fear music teachers could disappear from schools for good

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (14 Nov) stepped up his call for action from government after the country's biggest teaching union raised the prospect that music teachers could soon disappear from schools for good.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Education Committee, Mr Greer highlighted that local councils facing funding pressures are cutting staff, as well as charging for tuition, pricing many children out of learning an instrument.

Scot Gov plans to increase incineration seven-fold in the next three years

Wed 14 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (14 Nov) challenged the Scottish Government over its plans to increase the incineration of waste to over 1 million tonnes per year in the next three years – seven times the amount currently burnt.

Ruskell welcomes inquiry by Holyrood committee into Safer Streets bill

Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell, whose Safer Streets bill aims to reduce injuries and deaths by making 20mph the standard speed limit in built-up areas, today (9 Nov) welcomed the launch of an inquiry by Holyrood's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee into the proposal. 

Despite SNP & Tory opposition, I am determined to tackle the bulldozed tracks ravaging Scotland's hillsides

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 9 Nov, 2018

Earlier this week, a coalition of environmental and animal welfare organisations together with the think-tank Commonspace, launched the Revive Coalition. Its mission it to secure fundamental reform of the way in which up to 20% of the land area of Scotland is currently managed for grouse shooting. In a report co-authored by Dr Ruth Tingay and myself, we set out the range of negative environmental impacts associated with the increased intensification of grouse moor management over recent years.

Scottish Greens welcome inclusive education commitment

Thu 8 Nov, 2018

Today (8 November) the Scottish Greens, the first party to back the TIE campaign for LGBTI inclusive education in Scotland, welcomed the Government’s announcement that it would accept in full the recommendations of the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group’s report.

Ross Greer MSP, Scottish Green Spokesperson for Education, said:

Harvie welcomes Holyrood endorsement of People's Vote

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie tonight (7 Nov) welcomed the vote at Holyrood to endorse a People's Vote, so people throughout the UK can have a final chance to cancel Brexit.

Last month, Scottish Green party members voted at their Autumn conference to back the policy of a People’s Vote, a campaign already being led by Caroline Lucas MP and the Green Party of England & Wales.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Ross Greer demands action on school music tuition barriers

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

A Green MSP is demanding government action to stop musical instrument tuition becoming an exclusive activity after Holyrood’s education committee heard from a young person how skyrocketing charges are creating ‘Victorian’ levels of inequality in music.

Linlithgow Academy pupil and MSYP Alice Ferguson explained how her school band had lost members because pupils now have to pay £382 a year, Alice said, “It is only the privileged that are getting to do music now - it’s like Victorian times, where only the elite get these opportunities. This increases inequality”.

SNP block Wightman's bid to give communities same right as developers to appeal planning decisions

Wed 7 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (7 Nov) hit out at the SNP for blocking a bid to give communities the same right as developers to appeal planning decisions.

The campaign for equal right of appeal has the backing of dozens of community and environmental groups such as community councils, the RSPB and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Local Government and Communities Committee, SNP MSPs voted against amendments to the Planning Bill from Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP. 

Time to fast-track action on social care staffing with further rise in patients stuck in hospital

Tue 6 Nov, 2018

Scottish Ministers are being urged by the Scottish Greens to “fast-track action” on social care staffing, as new figures show a further rise in patients stuck in hospital - the vast majority of them waiting for social care. 

In September this year, 45,470 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed, up from 43,913 days in August and up from 42,110 days in September last year.