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DWP minister refuses Green MSP’s invitation

20 February, 2017 - 10:41

It has been revealed in a letter to a Green MSP, that the UK government minister behind the announced closures of up to 23 Jobcentre Plus sites across Scotland, has refused to visit Greater Glasgow, the area set to lose the majority of the offices.

Greer slams Bears Way vandals

14 February, 2017 - 17:00

West of Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer today condemned vandals who spread tacks on a local cycle route.

A number of cyclists reported getting punctures and finding tacks spread along the course of the Bears Way on the 2nd of February, in what seems to have been a deliberate and dangerous act.

Ross Greer commented:

Green MSPs call on UK Government to reinstate the Dubs scheme

14 February, 2017 - 16:31

Green MSPs have written to the UK Government to voice strong objections to the closing of the Dubs scheme to support child refugees stranded in Europe.

Dear Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration),

Unaccompanied Child Refugees

The Right Support for All Children 

Ross Greer MSP Tue 14 Feb

The sign of a good school is one where every pupil has the right support, where their needs as an individual are met and not just the needs of the class as a whole. With one in four school pupils in Scotland having an identified additional support need, ranging from autism or dyslexia to English as a second language or a physical disability, making sure that individual support is there can be a challenge but it is absolutely essential. 

Greens to reject Article 50 triggering in Holyrood debate

7 February, 2017 - 14:02

Remain supporters will rally outside the Scottish Parliament today in hope that MSPs will vote with the Greens against the triggering of Article 50.

Holyrood will debate a Green amendment to the Article 50 debate that outlines “widespread scepticism” that the UK can conclude negotiations within two years and that the Westminster government’s decision to proceed with a Brexit Bill does not “respect” the referendum result in Scotland.

Ross Greer said:

Dungavel decision must bring improved conditions say Greens

3 February, 2017 - 14:41

The decision to keep the Dungavel immigration centre open, rather than relocate to a new facility near Glasgow International Airport, must see the UK government treat detainees with “dignity and respect” say the Greens.

However, Ross Greer MSP, the party’s external affairs spokesperson, says that a shift in immigration policy is unlikely while the relevant powers are reserved at Westminster.

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.

We won't close the attainment gap through education alone

1 February, 2017 - 10:48

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 Feb) urged caution as the Scottish Government announced details of its Pupil Equity Fund for head teachers.

Ross said:

“Scottish Ministers describe this money as additional but that’s just not true when they are proposing deep cuts to council budgets, where funding for our schools and teachers comes from. Head teachers shouldn’t have to act like Chief Financial Officers to get the funding and staffing their school needs.

Our priority is to ensure that schools are as safe as possible and trust between pupils and teachers is essential to that

31 January, 2017 - 17:27

Scottish Green MSPs today (31 Jan) welcomed confirmation from Education Secretary John Swinney that he won't give teachers powers to search pupils without consent, a counterproductive proposal which would risk a breakdown of trust between teachers and pupils.

It follows a report into the killing of Aberdeen schoolboy Bailey Gwynne, who was stabbed by a fellow pupil in 2015. The report asked the Scottish Government to consider amending the law in relation to searching pupils.

Ross Greer MSP, Education spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

UK Government must act; asylum accommodation is a “disgrace"

31 January, 2017 - 09:50

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (31 Jan) urged the UK Government to act after a report concluded that the state of asylum accommodation provided by Government contractors is a “disgrace”.

The report by Westminster's Home Affairs Committee says it is “shameful” that very vulnerable people have been placed in vermin-infested, unclean accommodation and that there is inadequate support, for example for pregnant women.