SQA appeals process forces young people to take perverse gamble

Wed 2 Jun, 2021

The SQA appeals system will force young people to take a perverse gamble, according to Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP. His remarks come after it was confirmed by Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville that the appeals process could see marks downgraded as well as upgraded, despite calls from children’s rights experts for a ‘no-detriment’ approach to be taken.

Speaking in parliament this afternoon, Mr Greer highlighted the risk of the newly announced appeals process increasing the chance of downgrading.

Ross Greer said:

WWF species report must be wake-up call for governments

Wed 2 Jun, 2021

A new report from the WWF on how rising temperatures are threatening Scottish species must be a wake-up call for governments on the nature emergency, the Scottish Greens have said.

Greens co-leader calls for eviction ban to be reinstated

Tue 1 Jun, 2021

The Scottish Government must urgently consider reinstating the eviction ban across country for as long as covid restrictions remain in place, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater MSP has said.

Speaking in response to the First Minister’s update to parliament today, Ms Slater highlighted the significant impact the pandemic has put on household budgets.

Lorna Slater said:

“The First Minister is aware just how challenging the pandemic has been on household budgets.

Greens welcome ambition of Glasgow climate forest plans

Tue 1 Jun, 2021

Plans to increase Glasgow and Clyde’s woodland by a fifth have been welcomed by the Scottish Greens.

The Clyde Climate Forest, launching today, will see planting schemes across the region with the aim of creating a large interlocking green network, including a biodiversity corridor.

The project is a partnership between the local authorities, Scottish Forestry, NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Public Health Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, with the Woodland Trust providing £400,000 in funding.

Greens call for more support for asylum seekers

Thu 27 May, 2021

Scottish Greens co-leader and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie has called for more support for asylum seekers in the face of poor treatment by the Home Office and outsourced accommodation provider Mears in Glasgow.

Mr Harvie used FMQs to highlight a new campaign by the ‘Roof Coalition’ of charities including Shelter, which highlights the fact pregnant women and mothers of children younger than two being housed in completely unsuitable accommodation in the city since January.

Ross Greer: SQA has lost the confidence of Parliament

Wed 26 May, 2021

The SQA has lost the confidence of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said today.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Greer highlighted ongoing concerns around this year’s assessments and questioned whether the exams body actually had the capacity to deal with the huge volume of appeals like to be coming its way.

Scottish Greens enter talks on formal cooperation agreement

Wed 26 May, 2021

The Co-Leaders of the Scottish Greens and the First Minister have announced their parties will enter into ‘structured talks’ around the possibility of a formal co-operation agreement.

In her speech on the Scottish Government’s priorities, Nicola Sturgeon said the parties shared commitments to tackle the climate emergency and give Scotland a say over our future.

Greens: Government must act swiftly on Mossmorran safety fears

Tue 25 May, 2021

Dangerous hydrocarbons released by the ExxonMobil plant at Mossmorran show an urgent need for government intervention, the Scottish Greens have said.

Scottish Greens environment spokesperson and Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mark Ruskell has called on the new Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Michael Matheson to take urgent action over the Fife plant after it emerged a second public body have called for a prosecution following breaches of regulations at the site.

Greens urge young people to register for vaccine

Mon 24 May, 2021

The Scottish Greens have urged 18-29 year-olds in Scotland to register for the coronavirus vaccine, after NHS Scotland launched an online self-referral service.

The scheme will be vital for young people such as students who do not have regular access to a GP.

Commenting, Scottish Greens health spokesperson Gillian Mackay said: “This online registration service will be very important for those who are moving about a lot like students, and I urge young folk to get themselves vaccinated.

Harvie: Glasgow will continue to oppose home office brutality

Mon 24 May, 2021

The people of Glasgow will continue to oppose the brutal and inhumane UK Home Office immigration regime, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie has said.

Mr Harvie’s remarks came after the Home Secretary delivered a speech in which she said practices such as dawn raids would continue in the city.

Patrick Harvie said: