Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Thu 6 Dec, 2018

The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

Wed 5 Dec, 2018

Green MSP Ross Greer has challenged Education Secretary John Swinney to justify his Government’s long-running subsidy of around £1.2 million to the fee-paying St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, at a time when many councils are axing free music tuition in schools due to budget cuts passed down by the Scottish Government. 

We welcome EU Court of Justice Advocate General opinion on Article 50 process

Tue 4 Dec, 2018

Scottish Green MSPs today (4 Dec) welcomed the opinion of the EU Court of Justice Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona, who says that the Article 50 process triggering Brexit can be cancelled by the UK without needing permission from other EU member states. 
 
The case was brought by Scottish Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer, along with politicians from the SNP and Labour.
 

May's deal gives Scotland neither what it needs nor what it wants; it’s vital we show the clear will of the Scottish Parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 30 Nov, 2018

Of all the unedifying moments there’ve been over the past two years since the Brexit vote, this week’s macabre spectacle of the Prime Minister working her way round the UK trying to sell her dead duck of a Withdrawal deal is surely a new low.

Wightman blasts SNP & Tory MSPs for voting down his call for a review to protect private tenants

Thu 29 Nov, 2018

The Scottish Government risks undermining its own new homelessness action plan unless it strengthens the law to curb unfair rent rises and evictions, according to the Scottish Greens.
 
Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP blasted SNP and Tory members who tonight (29 Nov) voted down his calls for a legal review to protect private tenants, following a Scottish Parliament debate on homelessness this afternoon.
 
Andy Wightman MSP said:
 

Accounts Commission report on local council funding is wake-up call for Scot Gov ahead of budget, says Wightman

Thu 29 Nov, 2018

A damning report from Council watchdog the Accounts Commission should be a wake-up call for the Scottish Government ahead of the forthcoming Scottish budget, according to Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP.

The Commission’s annual financial overview for 2017/18 shows that councils have raided their reserves to fill funding gaps and concludes that the financial pressure they are under ‘shows no sign of easing.’

Harvie says pressure will be on Tory MSPs & May's deputy at Holyrood grilling

Thu 29 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP says pressure will be on Tory MSPs during this afternoon's quizzing at Holyrood of Theresa May's deputy, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington.

Mr Harvie, a member of the Finance & Constitution Committee, whose members will jointly question Mr Lidington along with Holyrood's Europe Committee, said:

Greer blasts changes to data published on school staff

Wed 28 Nov, 2018

Following today's evidence session with government statisticians at Holyrood's Education committee, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer has blasted changes to the data published on school staff.

Mr Greer says the merging and dropping of categories is a ‘smokescreen obscuring the very real staffing crisis affecting young people with additional support needs.’ 

May’s Brexit deal will be profoundly damaging to Scotland, says Harvie

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

Responding to today’s analysis from the Scottish Government showing the proposed Brexit deal could cost the equivalent of £1,600 for each person in Scotland by 2030, compared to continued EU membership, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP said:

Johnstone criticises UK Gov for extending Universal Credit to Edinburgh with problems still not resolved

Tue 27 Nov, 2018

Scottish Greens have criticised the UK Government for extending the Universal Credit roll-out in Edinburgh when problems with the new system still have not yet been resolved.

The Universal Credit ‘Full Service’ will be available to new applicants and current recipients whose circumstances change from tomorrow (28th November).

Given the current 5-week wait, new applicants will not be paid any support until after Christmas. Any advances requested must be paid back from future payments.