Postcode lottery in child mental health treatment

7 March, 2017 - 13:59

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (7 March) renewed his call for mental health education to be a part of PSE for every school pupil, in light of new waiting time figures showing a postcode lottery in child mental health treatment.

Only seven of Scotland's fourteen health boards are meeting the waiting time target for access by children and young people to specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Ross said:

Our biggest ever Council campaign

6 March, 2017 - 11:00

The Scottish Greens today (6 March) announced their biggest ever Council campaign, aiming to make a positive difference in more Council Chambers across Scotland.

More voters than ever will have the chance to elect Green Councillors, with over 200 candidates due to contest May’s Council elections, more than double the 80 who stood for the party in 2012.

Government secondments: Wightman raises conflict of interest

6 March, 2017 - 10:03

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman has highlighted a serious conflict of interest as ministerial answers reveal that the head of policy of lobby group NFUS is advising a Scottish Government department.

Safer streets: MSP says 20mph limit will save hearts and lungs

5 March, 2017 - 10:02

Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell today said statistics showing the prevalence of heart and lung disease in different parts of Scotland underline the need to cut traffic pollution by reducing the urban speed limit from 30 to 20 mph.

NHS Database: Harvie Welcomes Government Climbdown

3 March, 2017 - 17:40

Scottish Green MSPs today (3 March) welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that plans to open up the NHS Central Register to other public bodies have been dropped.

Green MSPs had warned that data security, privacy and civil liberties were at serious risk and had challenged Scottish Ministers over the proposal.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Scottish Greens co-convener, said:

“Allowing wider public sector access to data from the NHS central register sounded like an ID database in all but name. It's good to see the Scottish Government backing down.

We need to ensure that every child gets the right support at school

Ross Greer MSP Fri 3 Mar

The sign of a strong education system is one where every pupil gets the right support. Good education meets each young person's needs and not just those of the class as a whole. On Wednesday, Holyrood’s Education and Skills Committee held a roundtable discussion on pupils with Additional Support Needs and what we heard left us in no doubt – Scotland is not giving every pupil the support they need and deserve.

Greens push First Minister to improve Additional Support Needs provision in schools

2 March, 2017 - 15:47

The dire state of Assistant Support Needs in Scotland’s schools was raised at First Minister’s Questions today, with Patrick Harvie MSP highlighting that there has been a one in seven reduction in ASN teachers and a drop of one in ten ASN assistants.

The Green co-convener also raised how a member of teaching staff in a school in Glasgow had reported being told to watch TV sitcom the Big Bang Theory to gain an understanding of supporting children with Asperger syndrome.

We can use forthcoming legislation to ensure social security payments keep pace with inflation

2 March, 2017 - 14:22

Alison Johnstone MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (2 March) welcomed comments by Social Security minister Jeane Freeman that she would consider using the forthcoming Social Security Bill to ensure payments keep pace with inflation.

At today's meeting of Holyrood's Social Security committee, Alison pointed out that the UK Government has frozen the rates of some benefits in recent years. Child Benefit, for example, will lose 28 per cent of its value by 2020.

Concerns as EDF allowed more cracking within Hunterston's reactor

2 March, 2017 - 14:14

Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for West of Scotland, today (2 March) criticised the UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for giving the green light to increased cracking in the reactor of the Hunterston B nuclear power station in Ayrshire.

The ONR says the Periodic Safety Review for Hunterston by operators EDF is adequate. It allows for a doubling in the amount of cracked graphite bricks, which safety experts have warned could lead to nuclear fuel overheating, potentially resulting in a radiological release.

Additional Support Needs failing thousands of young people says Green MSP

1 March, 2017 - 13:42

The dire state of Additional Support Needs in Scotland’s schools was laid bare at Holyrood’s education committee today, with a Green MSP saying the system is “failing thousands of young people”.

One ASN expert from Glasgow City Council stated that a member of staff had reported being told to watch TV sitcom the Big Bang Theory to gain an understanding of supporting children with Asperger syndrome.