Nobody should face poverty because of the care they give

26 April, 2017 - 07:00

Scottish Green MSPs will today (26 April) lead a debate at Holyrood on carers policy, urging other parties to vote in favour of more financial support for carers and a "Living Wage Plus" for social care workers.

It’s time to reverse the rape clause and end cuts to incomes of women and children

25 April, 2017 - 16:53

Holyrood’s Green MSPs will this evening join with an expected majority of the parliament in voting to condemn the UK government’s two-child limit on child tax and universal credit and against the imposition of the "rape clause".

A Green amendment, condemning the cap as being yet another cut the UK Government knows will hit women hardest, is expected to be passed.

Alison Johnstone MSP, the Greens' social security spokesperson said:

Our analysis shows SNP air tax cut would benefit richest 10% of households four times as much as poorest 10%

25 April, 2017 - 14:02

New figures produced today (25 April) by the Scottish Greens show that the richest 10% of households stand to gain four times as much from the 50% cut to APD than the poorest 10%.

The Green group of MSPs, who were elected on a manifesto commitment to retain Air Passenger Duty, will abstain in today’s Holyrood vote allowing the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill to proceed to the amendment stage, so they can attempt a major overhaul with alternative tax proposals that have “social, environmental and genuine economic benefits”. 

Help elect more Green councillors than ever before

John Hardy Tue 25 Apr

Over the last few weeks we have heard about the hard work of our current Green councillors and their successes as well as learning more about some of our fantastic candidates and why they are standing for local council.

We are standing more candidates in more places than ever before but we can’t elect them without help from people like you.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:

Volunteer

Green Investment Bank sale to fracking funder criticised by Greens

20 April, 2017 - 12:09

The decision to sell the Green Investment Bank to a company that has invested billions of pounds in fossil fuel projects has been criticised by a Green MSP.

Australian bank Macquarie has a history of investing in fracking and opencast coal mining projects and Green MSP Andy Wightman says that GIB’s environmental credentials are “now in tatters”.

Import ban on Scottish fisheries set to cost £200m a year

19 April, 2017 - 15:22

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (19 April) challenged Scottish Ministers over a looming export ban on farmed fish which could cost the Scottish economy £200million a year.

The United States now requires proof that seafood imports are harvested in a way that minimises harm to marine mammals including seals.

Official figures show that fish farms in Scotland have been shooting seven or eight seals a month.

UK election is whim of dangerous hard-right party

18 April, 2017 - 12:43

The Scottish Greens say today's announcement by the Prime Minister of her intention to press for a UK General Election on 8 June shows that Scotland continues to suffer at the hands of a hard right Tory party.

Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"Brexit is a mess of the Tory party's making, and they are calling this election for much the same self-serving reasons as the EU referendum itself. Since June they have also consistently ignored voters in Scotland and elsewhere who chose to stay in Europe and the single market. 

Three Green pledges for active travel

John Hardy Mon 17 Apr

We believe that rebalancing our roads and streets in favour of pedestrians and cyclists is the best way to enable people to make their everyday travel more sustainable. Our aim is to make walking and cycling an attractive and viable travel option for the majority of the population. This is important for the development of local communities while helping to improve physical and mental health, traffic congestion, the reduction of carbon emissions, and tackle air pollution.

We need to champion the local services that support us all

Mark Ruskell MSP Fri 14 Apr

It’s with mixed emotions that I’m standing down as a councillor in May to focus on my role as a Green MSP.

Part of me will always feel rooted in the communities I’ve served as a councillor and the need to champion the local services that support us all.

Power in Your Hands: 4 Ways Green councillors have worked for their communities since 2012

Yvonne Mclellan Fri 14 Apr

In 2012 you helped us to elect Greens to local councils in Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Midlothian and Stirling.

Here are just some of their successes and ways they have put power in the hands of the people and communities they serve across the country:

1. Protecting services

Green councillors have campaigned vigorously against the privatisation of environmental services in the City of Edinburgh and the privatisation of IT services in Glasgow.