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Scottish Greens win funding for teacher recruitment

Wed 13 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have welcomed new funding of £45 million announced for schools today. Introducing this fund, the Education Secretary confirmed that it would cover the cost of recruiting 2,000 additional teachers, a Green proposal agreed to by the Scottish Parliament in November.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer has also emphasised that any reopening of schools to all pupils must be matched by the introduction of regular, voluntary testing for school staff and senior pupils.

Scottish Greens call for student rent waiver

Fri 8 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Government must compel universities and private student accommodation providers to cancel rent for as long as students are being told not to return to campus, the Scottish Greens have said.

The party’s education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP says making students pay for accommodation they cannot use would be unfair, after it was announced that the return to campus for most students will be delayed until March.

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Scottish Greens welcome eviction ban extension

Thu 7 Jan, 2021

The Scottish Greens have welcomed confirmation that the ban on evictions will be extended following pressure from Ross Greer MSP.

The West Scotland MSP had challenged the First Minister to extend the ban after Monday's lockdown announcement, saying that evicting people during this fresh outbreak would be “downright dangerous”.

Following today's announcement, the Greens have now called on the Scottish Government to introduce a permanent ban on evictions every winter, a measure which is commonplace across Europe.

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Greens demand extension of eviction ban

Mon 4 Jan, 2021

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has called on the Scottish Government to extend the winter eviction ban, which is currently set to end on 22nd January.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon the West of Scotland MSP said that evicting people during a lockdown would be “downright dangerous” and called for the First Minister to extend the ban until April. This would bring it in line with the end of the furlough scheme.

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Revealed: Scottish Enterprise betraying Loch Lomond

Tue 22 Dec, 2020

Scottish Enterprise will ignore overwhelming public opposition and proceed with plans for a Flamingoland resort at Loch Lomond, the Scottish Greens can reveal.

The controversial tourist resort proposals for one of Scotland’s most iconic natural beauty spots was refused permission last year after becoming the most unpopular planning application in Scotland’s history following a campaign led by Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer.

Greens: Scottish actors entitled to trade union representation

Wed 16 Dec, 2020

Scotland’s unique culture and arts scene must have full trade union representation, Scottish Green culture spokesperson Ross Greer has said.

The comments come after Scottish actors and theatre workers launched a petition begging their union, Equity, to reverse a decision to axe staff working for members in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Over a thousand Scottish actors have signed it, including former cast members of Still Game and River City.

Scottish Greens: Teachers Right To Dispute Safety

Tue 15 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Greens have given their support to teachers in West Dunbartonshire, Fife and Glasgow who have announced a formal dispute with their employers over concerns that they have not been provided a safe working environment in schools.

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer, whose ‘Safe Schools’ proposals were agreed by Parliament last month but have not yet been delivered by the Scottish Government, has called for ministers to step in immediately to address the serious safety concerns raised by teachers across the country.

Greens welcome exams cancellation

Tue 8 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens Education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has welcomed an announcement from the Education Secretary that there will be no Higher and Advanced Higher exams in 2021.

The Scottish Greens have led calls for school exams to be cancelled in light of the pandemic, being the first to make this proposal in May, when it became clear that the 2020/21 school year would see huge disruption.

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Scottish Greens renew call for 2021 exams to be cancelled

Mon 7 Dec, 2020

Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has called on the education secretary to finally give young people and teachers the certainty they deserve and announce that the 2021 Higher and Advanced Higher exams will be cancelled when he addresses Parliament tomorrow.

The Scottish Greens first called for exams to be cancelled and replaced by a continuous assessment model in May, when it became clear that the 2021/22 school year would face a level of disruption like no other.

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Greens: mental health support for young people needed

Wed 2 Dec, 2020

The Scottish Greens have called for more support for mental health services, after figures released by Public Health Scotland have revealed that the number of children and young people who starting treatment at CAMHS has risen by 3.3% since the previous year and that the number being seen within the 18-week standard has fallen by 3.9% [1].