Teacher stats: Overall numbers still down say Greens

Tue 12 Dec, 2017

New statistics released today by the government show that only a fraction of the cuts to teacher numbers over the last decade have been addressed says a Green MSP.

The statistics reveal that there are 543 more teachers than last year, however this means there are still 3,570 fewer teachers in Scotland than there were in 2007.

Scottish Budget: Royal College of Nursing survey shows need for pay rise say Greens

Tue 12 Dec, 2017

A survey of nurses, showing that three quarters of those questioned say they feel financially worse off than they did five years ago, puts pressure on the finance secretary to announce an above inflation pay rise on Thursday says a Green MSP.

The survey by RCN Scotland also reveals that more than a third of nursing staff say they are looking for a new job, a situation Alison Johnstone MSP says will only get worse if Derek Mackay does not announce a "fair pay settlement” as part of the draft Scottish Budget this week.

Ahead of this week's draft budget, we warn ministers local councils' funding is unfinished business

Mon 11 Dec, 2017

Ahead of this week's statement (Thu 14 Dec) from the Scottish Government on its proposed tax and spending plans for 2018-19, Green MSPs are warning ministers that they cannot support a budget that cuts funding to local council services such as education, social care, transport and leisure.
 
During last year's budget process, the Green MSPs succeeded in getting SNP ministers to cancel proposed cuts of £160million to local councils, and they made clear that they expected ministers to go further in future and begin to repair the damage done by previous years' cuts.

May’s EU deal unlikely to survive predicts Green MSP

Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Theresa May has wasted eight months of negotiation time in Brussels on a deal that is unlikely to survive says a Green MSP.

Ross Greer, the Scottish Greens’ Europe spokesperson also says any differentiated solution for Northern Ireland should also be offered to Scotland and that the deal needs further scrutiny by Holyrood politicians.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Report calls for Fife Council & Scot Gov to back ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife

Fri 8 Dec, 2017

A new report published today by local rail campaigns and Green MSP Mark Ruskell has called for Fife Council and the Scottish Government to back an ambitious rail reopening strategy for Fife.

Another American businessman is aiming to build a golf course on another protected area in Scotland

John Finnie MSP Fri 8 Dec, 2017

Coul Links, on the south side of Loch Fleet in East Sutherland, is one of the last areas of undisturbed species rich duneland in Scotland. RSPB Scotland describes it as “a mosaic of different dune habitats, each individually important and all increasingly rare.”

FMQs: Time for public rail service says Harvie

Thu 7 Dec, 2017

Scotland needs a rail service that works for the public interest says Patrick Harvie, who pressured the First Minister today to give a commitment to a public sector operator.

Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, challenged the First Minister to take action because rail fares are set to go up by an average of 3.4% across the UK from 2 January, the biggest rise biggest in five years.

Johnstone joined by campaigners at launch of #ForFoxSake campaign

Thu 7 Dec, 2017

Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone was today (7 Dec) joined by animal welfare campaigners as she launched a campaign in support of her proposal to bring forward a member's bill to ban foxhunting.  

The Scottish Government is conducting a review of how current laws work but has not considered an outright ban, and the online campaign launched today - #ForFoxSake - encourages people to respond to the review calling for a full ban.

Brexit secretary must go demand Greens

Wed 6 Dec, 2017

David Davis should be sacked say the Scottish Greens, after the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union revealed that Brexit impact assessments for sectors of the UK economy do not exist.

Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens’ Europe spokesperson says the revelation is further proof the UK government is failing to prepare for the impact of a hard Brexit and that the Prime Minister must now provide a timeline for when new assessments will be drafted and published in full.

Ross Greer MSP said:

Finnie urges devolution of resources to deliver genuine local policing

Wed 6 Dec, 2017

Speaking in today's Holyrood debate on Police Scotland, John Finnie MSP, Justice spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, urged "devolution of resources, including finance, to deliver genuine local policing."

The Green MSPs rejected the debate motion put forward by the Lib Dems, with Mr Finnie criticising Willie Rennie's party for its "overt attack" on Police Scotland's structure and strategy.

John, who served as a police officer for 30 years, said: