Momentum toward 20mph growing with new health backing & Wales joining the race

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Greens today (2 Oct) said momentum toward 20mph speed limits in built-up streets is growing as a new group of health experts backs Green MSP Mark Ruskell's Safer Streets Bill, and as Wales joins the race to implement a safer speed limit.

Ministers must speed up action on social care staffing given rise in patients stuck in hospital

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

The Scottish Greens are calling for Scottish Ministers to “speed up action” on social care staffing, as new figures show a rise in patients stuck in hospital - the vast majority of them waiting for social care.

In August this year, 43,913 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed - an increase of five per cent compared with August last year. 75 per cent were delayed due to lack of social care provision.

Tackle child poverty by making childcare flexible & affordable & by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation

Tue 2 Oct, 2018

We're backing calls by social researchers for the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty by making childcare more flexible and affordable, and by uprating devolved benefits in line with inflation.

Campaign to save Loch Lomond from controversial development receives boost

Mon 1 Oct, 2018

The campaign to save ancient woodland and public land on the shores of Loch Lomond from a controversial hotel and monorail development has received a major boost after over 20,000 objections were received in under a week via a website set up by Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer. 

The submissions, to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority - the body that will decide whether to give planning permission – add to the 1,000 people who had already lodged an objection.

Climate Weak: Scot Gov claim to be world leader is becoming absurd

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 1 Oct, 2018

This week the Scottish Government is running a five-day "Climate Week", no doubt celebratory in tone, but there are three key areas where their claims of being a “world leader in climate change” are becoming absurd.

We need a Scottish immigration policy based on our humanitarian & welcoming culture

Maggie Chapman Fri 28 Sep, 2018

Immigration has been central to the politics of the EU Referendum.

People in most political parties supporting the Leave campaign got involved in immigrant bashing. People in most political parties on the remain side talked about “controls on immigration”. We had vans being driven round our cities telling immigrants to “go home”.

Johnstone hits out at Scottish Ministers over lack of urgency on children's services at St John's

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, today hit out at Scottish Ministers for a "complete lack of urgency" over long-running staffing issues that have reduced children's services at St John's hospital in Livingston.

Responding to a statement in Parliament by the Health Secretary, Alison said:

Climate reputation will be a sham warns Harvie

Thu 27 Sep, 2018

The government’s reputation on tackling climate change will be branded a sham if it continues to give the fossil fuel industry the message that it should “keep on drilling” says Patrick Harvie.

Citing a report by the Committee on Climate Change at First Minister’s Question, Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, criticised the government for its lack of action in cutting transport, agriculture, forestry and land use emissions.

Green proposals will be at the core of Scotland's social security system

Wed 26 Sep, 2018

Scottish Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone today (26 Sep) welcomed a new approach to assessments for disability benefits under Scotland's devolved social security system.

Earlier this year, Alison successfully amended the Social Security Bill to do away with assessments of people’s health or disability in order to claim for a devolved benefit, unless the information cannot be obtained through any other means.

Today the new Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville confirmed that this principle will be at the core of the new system.

Food insecurity must prompt SNP Ministers to think again about top-up of Child Benefit

Tue 25 Sep, 2018

Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP is calling on SNP Ministers to rethink their refusal to top-up Child Benefit and to fully mitigate the Benefit Cap after new research showed almost one-in-ten Scots are worried about running out of food due to lack of money.

For the first time the Scottish Health Survey has asked people about food insecurity.

Lack of money meant 8% of adults worried about running out of food, 7% ate less than they should, and 4% did run out of food.