The Council Tax is regressive, it should be scrapped & replaced

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The Scottish Government have announced their plan to keep the Council Tax and make only minor adjustments, despite over half of properties being in the wrong band and no revaluation since 1991. The Council Tax is regressive, it should be scrapped & replaced with a progressive system of local taxation based on wealth.

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Non-domestic rates report lacks real reforms say Greens

Tue 22 Aug

Aspects of a report published today on non-domestic business rates deserve recognition, but disappointingly leave out proposals for real reforms say the Scottish Greens.

The Barclay Report on Business Rates, according to the party, lacks recommendations to see NDR transformed into a “land value tax” or for councils to determine how rates are set.

Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish Greens’ finance spokesperson, said:

Taylor Review of Modern Work shows successive UK Governments have ignored need to create quality employment

Tue 11 Jul

The Scottish Greens say today's (11 July) Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices shows how successive UK Governments have ignored the need to create quality employment.

Green MSP Andy Wightman, a member of Holyrood's Economy Committee, said:

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Thu 6 Jul

Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman today (6 July) said what Labour have called their Scottish industrial strategy shows the party lacks vision.

The Greens pointed out that Labour chose to launch the publication at a warfare systems developer and the world's 9th biggest defence contractor.

Andy Wightman MSP, a member of Holyrood's Economy Committee, said:

Greer says announcement by Prime Minister on EU citizens living in the UK is "mean-spirited"

Mon 26 Jun

Ross Greer MSP, External Affairs spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said today's announcement by the Prime Minister on EU citizens living in the UK is "mean-spirited".

Under the plan, EU nationals who have lived in the UK for five years will be granted "settled status". Those who come after a yet-to-be-agreed cut-off date will be given two years to "regularise their status".

Ross Greer MSP said:

We welcome Holyrood report on pay gap between men and women

Mon 26 Jun

Scottish Green MSPs are welcoming a Holyrood committee report on the pay gap between men and women, which says that childcare and social care workers should be paid more than the living wage.

At last year's Holyrood election, the Greens called for a Living Wage Plus of £9.20 an hour for care workers, and put this issue to a vote in parliament in a debate in April this year but SNP and Lib Dem MSPs voted it down.