Child Poverty Bill: Greens Urge Focus On Boosting Incomes

10 February, 2017 - 17:38

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (10 Feb) welcomed publication of the Scottish Government's Child Poverty Bill and urged Ministers to focus on boosting families' incomes. 

The Bill proposes a target that by 2030 fewer than 10 per cent of Scottish children are living in relative poverty. At the moment, in some parts of Scotland, a third of children live in relative poverty.

In recent months, the Green MSPs have secured a number of anti-poverty measures from the Scottish Government, including:

We must invest in a better future for Scots seeking work

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 10 Feb

The devolution of some aspects of the social security system is proving to be a huge opportunity for Scotland to show that a fairer society is possible. The package of powers devolved in the wake of the independence referendum was limited but even so, we can use these powers in creative ways to prove that we are a caring nation.

Proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground

9 February, 2017 - 13:48

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (9 Feb) used First Minister's Questions to warn Nicola Sturgeon that the Government's argument for the proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground.

Five years ago Mr Harvie challenged then-First Minister Alex Salmond over the proposal at FMQs, and after consistently raising the issue with ministers, it was admitted that the policy would increase climate change emissions.

Councils will see an increase in funding and can shelve many of the cuts they had planned

8 February, 2017 - 15:12

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Feb) published analysis showing that the Green budget deal struck last week with the Scottish Government means that local councils will see an increase in funding and can shelve many of the cuts they had planned.

Greens to reject Article 50 triggering in Holyrood debate

7 February, 2017 - 14:02

Remain supporters will rally outside the Scottish Parliament today in hope that MSPs will vote with the Greens against the triggering of Article 50.

Holyrood will debate a Green amendment to the Article 50 debate that outlines “widespread scepticism” that the UK can conclude negotiations within two years and that the Westminster government’s decision to proceed with a Brexit Bill does not “respect” the referendum result in Scotland.

Ross Greer said:

Drop in performance at A&E lies squarely with the Health Secretary

7 February, 2017 - 14:01

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 Feb) urged Scottish Ministers to focus on staffing after figures showed a further drop in the number of patients being seen within 4 hours of arriving at hospital emergency departments.

The Scottish Government target is that 95 per cent of patients are seen within four hours. Today's figures show that in December only 92.6 per cent were seen within that time, the latest month-on-month fall from a peak of 95.8 in July.

If they can do a deal for the City of London, they can do a deal for Scotland

Maggie Chapman Tue 7 Feb

Transcript of speech from 7 Feb 2017

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for braving the wintry weather and coming along this afternoon to make your voices heard! I am Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Greens, and I am pleased to see so many of you here.

We know that 62% of Scots voted to remain in the European Union. We know that many who voted to leave did so on the basis of staying in the single market. We know that many others who voted to leave now wished they had not.

Dungavel decision must bring improved conditions say Greens

3 February, 2017 - 14:41

The decision to keep the Dungavel immigration centre open, rather than relocate to a new facility near Glasgow International Airport, must see the UK government treat detainees with “dignity and respect” say the Greens.

However, Ross Greer MSP, the party’s external affairs spokesperson, says that a shift in immigration policy is unlikely while the relevant powers are reserved at Westminster.

Patrick Harvie: How we made the SNP budget lean to Green

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 3 Feb

Yesterday we saw the biggest budget concession in Holyrood's history, a deal for councils that would not have been possible without the hard work of the Green MSPs. It shows that it's possible for parties to stay true to their aims while finding common ground in the interests of the public.

The result is that Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition.

Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition

2 February, 2017 - 14:43

"Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition," according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie, who this afternoon welcomed details of the Scottish Government's offer to increase funding to local councils by £160million.