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Public sector pay: Harvie urges real terms rise

Tue 17 Oct, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today added his voice to calls for public sector workers to be given a real-terms pay rise.

Ahead of discussions with the minority SNP government about the 2018-19 budget, the Greens have argued for a fairer system of income tax rates and bands to reduce inequality and raise extra funds for public services.

Our proposals would mean everyone earning less than the average wage would see their income tax reduce

Thu 12 Oct, 2017

The Scottish Green MSPs today (12 Oct) published a report showing how their policy of creating new rates and bands of income tax would make most Scots better off.

It comes after Scottish Ministers said they intend to bring forward a discussion paper on income tax ahead of the 2018-19 draft budget due in December.

Green MSPs gave their support for the 2017-18 budget after ministers agreed to cancel a proposed income tax cut for high earners and reverse proposed cuts of £160million to local council services. 

The government must be ready to listen before putting a budget before parliament

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 6 Oct, 2017

Party conference season is upon us. With Theresa May’s farcical performance in Manchester earlier this week, every other leader can be confident that’d be hard put to do any worse. This weekend it’s the turn of the SNP, whose members will no doubt be eager for some positive, upbeat announcements to cheer.

The first of these was announced on Tuesday; the temporary moratorium on fracking and other forms of extreme energy production will be extended. These technologies will not be deployed in Scotland, and this will certainly feature prominently in the First Ministers speech.

Harvie says legal complexities show aviation tax cut has no credibility

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's statement from Scottish Ministers about legal complexities relating to their aim to cut aviation tax is the latest nail in the coffin of a plan that has no social, economic or environmental credibility.

Greens have long campaigned against the proposed tax cut as analysis shows it will benefit wealthy frequent fliers, increase carbon emissions and there is no evidence of economic benefit.

Harvie restates rejection of Scot Govt aviation tax cut ahead of statement from Ministers

Thu 5 Oct, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has restated the Greens’ longstanding rejection of the Scottish Government’s plan to cut aviation tax, ahead of a statement on the issue from Scottish Ministers to Parliament this afternoon (2pm, 5 Oct).

A recent Survation survey of 1,000 Scots for the Green MSPs showed that, of those expressing an opinion, three out of four would rather the Scottish Government prioritised spending on everyday public transport such as buses and trains while just one in four support the Air Departure Tax cut.

Case for Air Departure Tax cut now demolished says Harvie

Thu 28 Sep, 2017

The First Minister came under pressure to explain today why the government is pressing ahead with a cut to ADT when three out of four Scots would rather they prioritised spending on everyday public transport.

Plate up for the planet

Patrick Harvie MSP Wed 27 Sep, 2017

Last week I signed up, as over 10,000 people have this summer, to the Plate Up for the Planet campaign. It’s a 7-day pledge to try out a vegan diet, and the idea got a few of us in the Green Group interested. As today is the last day of my pledge, I wanted to get a few thoughts down on how I’ve found it and what, if anything, it might change for me.

Poll shows proposed aviation tax cut hugely unpopular with public

Mon 25 Sep, 2017

The Scottish Green MSPs, who have been campaigning against Scottish Government plans to cut aviation tax, today (25 Sep) published a poll showing that the proposed cut is hugely unpopular with the public.

The Survation survey of 1,000 Scots shows, of those expressing an opinion, that three out of four would rather the Scottish Government prioritised spending on everyday public transport such as buses and trains while just one in four support the Air Departure Tax cut.

Our future prosperity lies with the low carbon economy

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 22 Sep, 2017

I promise not to ask readers of the National for any more favours (at least until next month) if you could all do me one tiny thing today: respond to the Scottish Government’s climate change bill consultation before it closes at midnight.

First Minister accused by Greens of slow down on climate action

Thu 21 Sep, 2017

The First Minister was warned today that the Scottish Government's proposed Climate Change Bill represents a "slowing down" of action to reduce damaging greenhouse gas emissions caused by transport, energy, homes and industry.

At First Minister’s Questions, Patrick Harvie said that continuing emissions reductions at the same rate as the past decade would lead to a 100% reduction by 2040, whereas the government's much weaker proposal is to aim for a 90% reduction by 2050.