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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Lack of progress in sourcing Scottish for school meals

1 March, 2017 - 10:25

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health, Children & Young People spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (1 March) expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in sourcing Scottish chicken for school meals.

Freedom of Information requests by Alison three years ago revealed the extent of the problem, with many councils flying in chicken nuggets from Thailand.

Fresh FOI requests by the BBC show councils spent £1.3m on chicken products from Thailand last year.

Alison Johnstone, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

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Patrick Harvie MSP Fri 24 Feb

Scotland’s political landscape has been reacting this week to the BBC’s proposals to create a new TV channel for Scotland, with a nightly news programme combining domestic and international news from a Scottish perspective.

SNP’s timid tax plans don’t justify blocking historic budget win, say Greens

21 February, 2017 - 14:59

The Green group of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament will allow today’s Scottish Rate Resolution to pass in order to protect the unprecedented budget concession by the Scottish Government which will support local public services with an additional £160 million of funding to councils.

Green MSPs also forced the abandonment of the SNP’s proposed increase to the Higher Rate threshold, which would have resulted in a tax cut for the highest-paid 10% of earners.

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15 February, 2017 - 14:09

Mark Ruskell MSP, Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (15 Feb) warned that the approval of the controversial EU-Canada trade deal known as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) could make fracking in Scotland more likely.

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9 February, 2017 - 13:48

Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, today (9 Feb) used First Minister's Questions to warn Nicola Sturgeon that the Government's argument for the proposed cut in aviation tax won't get off the ground.

Five years ago Mr Harvie challenged then-First Minister Alex Salmond over the proposal at FMQs, and after consistently raising the issue with ministers, it was admitted that the policy would increase climate change emissions.