Ross Greer: School return needs more reassurances

Thu 23 Jul, 2020

Teachers and parents need more reassurances that the return to school next month will be safe, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has said, with further clarity on testing of school staff, social distancing measures and risk assessments for vulnerable young people urgently required.

Responding to the update from Education Secretary John Swinney, Ross Greer said:

“The Scottish Government has promised a final decision next week on whether schools will return full time, but if that is to happen parents and teachers will need more reassurances that it is safe.

Patrick Harvie: Johnson flag waving is 'preposterous'

Thu 23 Jul, 2020

Commenting on the Prime Minister's visit to Orkney to defend the union today, Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“The idea that those who have lost their jobs or homes as a result of this crisis might be comforted by the Prime Minister flying a union flag in Orkney is preposterous.

The UK Tories want a veto over Scottish democracy. We must resist.

Patrick Harvie MSP Thu 23 Jul, 2020

Last week the UK Government published a White Paper on proposals to maintain the “UK Internal Market”.

Shooting lobby confirm mass killing of mountain hares will go ahead next week

Wed 22 Jul, 2020

The shooting lobby has confirmed the mass killing of mountain hares on Scotland’s grouse moors will go ahead from August 1, despite the will of parliament to protect the declining species, which is native to Scotland. 

In the recent wildlife bill, MSPs backed Scottish Green amendments to end the practice, but in a public statement, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation has said the open season will continue until the new laws come into effect.

Patrick Harvie: Russia report is serious warning about our democracy

Tue 21 Jul, 2020

Westminster's Intelligence and Security Committee has published its long-awaited report into Russian interference in UK democratic processes. It concludes that the UK Government has not taken the threat seriously enough.

Scottish Greens call for abolition of "obscene" two child limit as almost 14,000 hit

Thu 16 Jul, 2020

Scottish Greens have called for the immediate end to the Two Child Limit, as new figures showed that 13,700 Scots families are losing much-needed cash as of 1st April this year. Across the UK, the limit impacted 250,300 families, with almost one million children affected. The cut to family incomes is over £50 a week.

Testing teachers must be at heart of schools return say Greens

Thu 16 Jul, 2020

Regular coronavirus testing must be available to teachers and other school staff as classes go back says Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP. 

Commenting on new Scottish Government guidance for schools, Mr Greer said:

“This new guidance shows that the ‘back to normal’ scenario outlined by the Education Secretary just a month ago isn’t going to happen anytime soon and, coming less than a month before pupils are due to return, raises a number of serious concerns. 

Report highlights need for urgent tenant protections

Thu 16 Jul, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, A stronger Scottish lifeline in the economic storm, Scottish Greens Housing Spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP said:

“The JRF is right to warn of a potential spike of autumn evictions once the modest emergency protections lapse. The Scottish Government’s unwillingness to support tenants has left thousands of people across Scotland worrying about the security of the roof over their head. 

Scottish Greens MSP will bring back 20mph law after Wales adopts new national limit

Thu 16 Jul, 2020

Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell has called on the Scottish Government to put road safety first and get behind plans to roll out 20mph speed limits in Scotland’s residential areas. 

Mr Ruskell who brought forward legislation to make 20mph the default speed limit on Scotland’s streets last year, made the call as the Senedd in Wales backed detailed plans for a national 20mph residential speed limit to be introduced by 2023. The plans agreed by a two thirds majority are identical to those proposed by Mr Ruskell at Holyrood last year.

Mark Ruskell MSP said: 

Greens call for asylum housing to be taken out of private hands 

Tue 14 Jul, 2020

Asylum seeker housing should be under local control according to a new campaign launched today by Scottish Greens Councillor Kim Long. 

The Dennistoun Councillor’s #WelcomeHome campaign calls for asylum seeker housing to be under local control, run by the council and the third sector so that Glasgow can be a welcome home for everyone.  

Councillor Long said: