Park The Hysteria

John Finnie MSP Sat 16 Feb, 2019

Last month the Scottish Parliament voted for the £42.5billion Scottish Budget thanks to a deal between the Scottish Greens and the SNP. In previous years Greens have focused on securing funding for vital local services and this year we went much further.

Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Fri 15 Feb, 2019

One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a fairer, more humane social security system than the UK system run by the UK Department for Work and Pensions whose punitive approach towards those who need help from the social security system has been well-documented.

Youth Strike 4 Climate - An open letter

Ross Greer MSP Fri 15 Feb, 2019

An open letter from Ross Greer MSP to Scotland's school leaders.

Railways should be run in the public interest

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 8 Feb, 2019

“The government believes, fundamentally, we have got to have an efficient public rail network that meets the needs of individuals within Scotland, that acts in the public interest, that delivers the services that members of the public are looking for.” So said the Deputy First Minister in answer to my questions yesterday, while he was standing in for the First Minister at FMQs.

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail

Thu 7 Feb, 2019

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (7 Feb) accused the Scottish Government of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail.

Challenging the Deputy First Minister at Question Time in Parliament, Mr Harvie pointed out the chaos caused by this morning's signalling failure in Glasgow.

Figures released earlier this week showed 2,691 ScotRail services were cancelled due to a lack of staff since April last year.

Recently there have been reports of overcrowding causing passengers to have panic attacks and faint.

Patrick said:

Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

Wed 6 Feb, 2019

The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas is supported by almost two-thirds of respondents to a Holyrood committee inquiry.

Today the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee began taking evidence on the Safer Streets bill proposed by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.

Safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will "align Scotland to best practice"

Tue 5 Feb, 2019

The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will end "a throwback to the 1930s" and "align Scotland to best practice across the world", according to campaigners.

Later this week (w/b 4 Feb) Holyrood's Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee will begin its inquiry into the Safer Streets bill proposed by Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.

Budget deal makes millions available to councils & paves way for bold reforms

Andy Wightman MSP Fri 1 Feb, 2019

Since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, I have sought to work constructively with all MSPs from all parties to effect legislative, budgetary and policy changes that will benefit Scotland and my constituents.

There is no more important annual event than the budget which provides the funds and raises the revenues needed to support the public services that everyone relies upon including education, healthcare, transport, housing and the environment.

Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Thu 31 Jan, 2019

The Scottish Greens this afternoon (31 Jan) confirmed agreement has been reached with Scottish Ministers on a significant package of immediate budget changes and bold long-terms reforms to boost the funding of local council services such as schools and social care.

Ahead of tonight's Stage One vote on the Budget, ministers are promising that in return for Green support they will amend their spending plans. Compared with the plans set out in the SNP’s budget in December, local councils will have access to a package worth over £200million to spend as they see fit.

7 things the Green Budget Deal will deliver

Scottish Greens Thu 31 Jan, 2019

We’ve secured an agreement with the Scottish Government on the budget for 2019-20. This includes giving councils up to £282m more to spend on providing local services, meaning that over the last 3 years Scottish Greens have secured over £500m for local services. But this year, we’ve gone further and secured radical changes that would provide local government with greater flexibility, certainty and autonomy for the years ahead.

Here’s 7 things the Green budget deal will deliver: