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Councils could cut jobs to deliver schools return

Wed 17 Jun, 2020

Councils could be forced to cut jobs and services in other areas to deliver a return to school in August, it has emerged.

At the Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 committee, chief executive of Highland council Donna Manson told Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer there were “additional costs” associated with reopening schools at 50% attendance in August.

These include additional teachers and support staff, as well as providing additional buildings to accommodate safe distancing measures.

Scottish Greens slam decision to scrap DFID  

Tue 16 Jun, 2020

Responding to reports that the UK Government will scrap the Department for International Development, merge its functions with the Foreign Office and “squeeze” the international aid budget, Scottish Greens External Affairs Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

“This is a nasty attempt to play to the worst instincts of Boris Johnson’s rich mates. Britain has a long, brutal legacy of wrongdoing across the world and the international development programme is one small way in which the government has sought to make amends for that.

Weekend is the worst time for lockdown rule changes

Thu 4 Jun, 2020

The Scottish Greens have asked the Scottish Government not to relax lockdown rules on a Friday again, after last weekend saw over one thousand arrests and eight hundred dispersal orders issued by police.

Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer, who represents Luss and other Loch Lomond communities badly affected by antisocial behaviour at the weekend, asked Cabinet Secretary Michael Russell to introduce further changes to lockdown rules earlier in the week, to allow for the message that lockdown is not over to be reinforced across multiple days before the weekend.

Lack of clarity on exams leaving schools in limbo

Tue 26 May, 2020

Responding to a statement from the Education Secretary this afternoon, Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said: 

SQA secrets 'a recipe for disaster'

Fri 22 May, 2020

SQA plans to publish methodology behind this year’s awards moderation on the day results come out is a ‘recipe for disaster’, the Scottish Greens have said.

Return to school must be safe and fair

Fri 22 May, 2020

The phased return to school must be done safely and to ensure fairness to those in challenging circumstances, the Scottish Greens have said.

Responding to the publication of the roadmap to easing lockdown, which aims for an August return for schools on a part home-working basis, Scottish Greens education spokesperson Ross Greer said:

Green gains in the COVID emergency laws

Scottish Greens Fri 22 May, 2020

This week the Scottish Parliament passed the second emergency Covid-19 Bill, and yet again it was the Scottish Green MSPs who had the biggest impact. Here’s what we won:

1. No COVID bailouts for tax dodgers.

Greens secure information win 

Tue 19 May, 2020

Speaking after his amendments to restore freedom of information access were passed this afternoon, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said: 

“I'm grateful that my amendments were passed unanimously, ensuring that the public, journalists and elected representatives have access to as much information as possible during this crisis. Confidence in government is critical right now but it depends on transparency.

SQA exam plans may be illegal

Sun 10 May, 2020

Scotland’s equality regulator has raised concerns with the SQA’s proposals to 'moderate' pupil's grades based on their school’s previous performance, prompting fears the plans could be illegal. 

Scottish Greens Education Spokesperson Ross Greer MSP challenged the SQA on the issue at Parliament’s Education Committee, highlighting the exam body’s failure to adequately asses the equality impact of its proposal.

Ross Greer MSP said: 

Public health experts back Scottish Green proposals on testing

Fri 8 May, 2020

Former chief medical officer and respected public health professor Sir Harry Burns has indicated his support for Scottish Green proposals to routinely test health and care workers.