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Our councils deliver critically important services and the decision not to provide a real terms increase to their funding must be challenged

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 15 Dec, 2017

Derek Mackay has one of the most challenging jobs in politics. He has to construct a budget which not only balances the books, but defends against Tory austerity and meets rising demand for public services. He has to respond to the competing demands for investment in the future and also to the different views across a parliament of minorities.

Harvie welcomes plans for new rates and bands of Income Tax - Green pressure helping deliver a fairer Scotland

Thu 14 Dec, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens, today (14 Dec) welcomed Scottish Government plans to create new rates and bands of Income Tax, saying it shows Green pressure is helping deliver a fairer Scotland.

The Greens also say their pressure on public sector pay has led to the proposed rise of 3 per cent for workers earning up to £30,000.

But Mr Harvie warned that the draft budget fails the Greens' test on protecting council services, as ministers are proposing a real-terms cut in the local government resource budget.

Harvie restates budget priorities of fairer taxes and protection of public services ahead of this afternoon's statement

Thu 14 Dec, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens, today (14 Dec) restated his party's budget priorities of fairer taxes and protection of public services, ahead of this afternoon's statement from the Finance Secretary.

FMQs: Time for public rail service says Harvie

Thu 7 Dec, 2017

Scotland needs a rail service that works for the public interest says Patrick Harvie, who pressured the First Minister today to give a commitment to a public sector operator.

Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-convener, challenged the First Minister to take action because rail fares are set to go up by an average of 3.4% across the UK from 2 January, the biggest rise biggest in five years.

UK Gov locking local authorities out of oversight of support services for asylum seekers in Scotland

Thu 30 Nov, 2017

The UK Government is locking local authorities out of the oversight of "humiliating and degrading" support services for asylum seekers in Scotland, according to Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens.

The UK Government has issued a tender document for asylum services for the next ten years, worth around £4bn, of which around half a billion is expected to be spent in Scotland.

The Scottish Budget Challenge: Raise revenue to deliver on promises without raiding local services & without hitting low earners

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Nov, 2017

A budget, from either government, is always a critical point on the parliamentary calendar. It’s true that budget documents are only fully understood in the days or weeks after publication, but I guess we all need to make a first stab it is, so here’s mine.

All governments play a bit of a game with their budgets, drawing attention to the good news and hiding the bad. It’s often called “smoke and mirrors”, but given the way governments try to lead their rivals to pick on the wrong aspects to criticise, I think the old cup-and-ball routine is a better metaphor.

FMQS: Harvie warns First Minister not to follow #Budget2017 Stamp Duty cut

Thu 23 Nov, 2017

The Scottish Government would be foolish to follow the UK government’s lead by cutting stamp duty says Patrick Harvie.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Harvie highlighted how stamp duty, already devolved to Holyrood and called the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, was previously cut by the Scottish Government and warned that a repeat of this would likely lead to a rise in house prices in Scotland.

Tory budget obsession with public debt will cause deep harm as a result of austerity

Wed 22 Nov, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Finance and Economy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 Nov) criticised the UK Chancellor for a budget that continues shameful treatment of women and families.

Patrick said:

“The Chancellor expects applause for graciously agreeing to treat Scotland’s emergency services no worse than elsewhere in the UK, while pressing ahead with the most reckless and destructive economic course of action any UK Government has ever undertaken. 

A dysfunctional housing market gives landlords undue power

Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 17 Nov, 2017

Moving back to Glasgow from university, some twenty-odd years ago, I was in the same position as most people of my age in knowing that the private rented sector was my only option. With social housing unavailable and owner occupation unaffordable, a private tenancy was already the only housing choice available to a great many people. There was some pretty shoddy housing out there, and some pretty sharp practice too, as I found to my cost when I was harassed out of one flat by a landlord who refused even to give me a written lease.

Harvie uses FMQs to urge industrial strategy that supports jobs such as those under threat at BiFab

Thu 16 Nov, 2017

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (16 Nov) used First Minister's Questions to urge a fresh industrial strategy that urgently supports jobs in renewable energy such as the 1,400 under threat at BiFab in Fife and the Western Isles.

Green MSPs met with BiFab workers at today's rally outside Parliament, while on Tuesday Mark Ruskell, Green MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, pressed the Economy Secretary on the issue.