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Proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground

9 February, 2017 - 13:48

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (9 Feb) used First Minister's Questions to warn Nicola Sturgeon that the Government's argument for the proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground.

Five years ago Mr Harvie challenged then-First Minister Alex Salmond over the proposal at FMQs, and after consistently raising the issue with ministers, it was admitted that the policy would increase climate change emissions.

Councils will see an increase in funding and can shelve many of the cuts they had planned

8 February, 2017 - 15:12

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (8 Feb) published analysis showing that the Green budget deal struck last week with the Scottish Government means that local councils will see an increase in funding and can shelve many of the cuts they had planned.

Patrick Harvie: How we made the SNP budget lean to Green

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 3 Feb

Yesterday we saw the biggest budget concession in Holyrood's history, a deal for councils that would not have been possible without the hard work of the Green MSPs. It shows that it's possible for parties to stay true to their aims while finding common ground in the interests of the public.

The result is that Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition.

Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition

2 February, 2017 - 14:43

"Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition," according to Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie, who this afternoon welcomed details of the Scottish Government's offer to increase funding to local councils by £160million.

Impact of Air Departure Tax is being ignored say greens

1 February, 2017 - 19:07

The Scottish Government’s new Air Departure Tax policy lacks any “robust analysis” and is therefore unlikely to be passed in parliament say the Greens.

Speaking after a meeting of Holyrood’s Finance and Constitution Committee, where evidence was taken from civil servants and airline bosses, Green MSP Patrick Harvie also said the government had “no clue” about the economic and environmental impact of its policy.

Finance and economy spokesperson, Patrick Harvie MSP said:

We continue to talk with Scot Gov to urge them to take budget in right direction

27 January, 2017 - 09:00

Responding to publication today (27 Jan) by Holyrood's Finance Committee of its report on the Scottish Government's draft budget, Scottish Greens Finance spokesperson Patrick Harvie MSP said:

We urge Scottish Ministers to protect public services and tackle inequality

25 January, 2017 - 14:18

Ahead of today's Holyrood debate on the draft Scottish budget, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP urged Scottish Ministers to live up to their promise to protect public services and tackle inequality.

Mr Harvie also criticised the Conservatives and Labour for failing to put forward constructive proposals for a better budget, and warned that the Libdems pose a threat to the incomes of low and middle earners.

Patrick said:

Supreme Court ruling confirms Scotland not ‘equal partner’ say Greens

24 January, 2017 - 14:30

The Scottish Greens have responded to the Supreme Court ruling that the UK’s devolved bodies will not have a say on whether the Westminster government can start the Brexit process.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the party’s co-convener says the decision confirms that Scotland is not an “equal partner” in the UK and that the decision to give Westminster a vote prior to triggering Article 50 will be of “no consolation” to voters in Scotland.

Glasgow MSP, Patrick Harvie said:

We've outlined a range of options for ministers to make the tax system fairer & protect council services

22 January, 2017 - 09:50

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Jan) said that his party has given Scottish Ministers a range of options to use fair taxation to protect local council services, as the minority SNP government seeks support for its 2017/18 budget.

The Budget Bill is expected to be published this coming week, with the first vote in Parliament the week after.

Jobcentre Closures - Why We Must Say "No"

mro14417 Fri 13 Jan

This morning I walked from Bridgeton Jobcentre to Shettleston Jobcentre. Bridgeton, together with Parkhead, are two of the seven Glasgow Jobcentres the DWP proposes to close, with claimants attending these two centres being transferred to Shettleston. As the Green candidate for Calton, the ward which covers both Jobcentres, I find these proposals extremely worrying. The further away a job centre is, the more difficult it is for people to get there to claim the benefits to which they are entitled, and to get assistance and support to find work.