Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Green pressure in recent years resulted in the new, fairer system of rates and bands which means lower earners get a break and higher earners pay a more appropriate share. It has brought an additional £500million into our public services. It's a modest start and Greens will seek to build...

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Park The Hysteria

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website Last month the Scottish Parliament voted for the £42.5billion Scottish Budget thanks to a deal between the Scottish Greens and the SNP. In previous years Greens have focused on securing funding for vital local services...

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Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a...

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Youth Strike 4 Climate – An open letter

Youth Strike 4 Climate – An open letter

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite An open letter from Ross Greer MSP to Scotland’s school leaders. The ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ movement will culminate in a day of school strikes across the UK, from Truro to Ullapool on Friday 15...

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Railways should be run in the public interest

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite “The government believes, fundamentally, we have got to have an efficient public rail network that meets the needs of individuals within Scotland, that acts in the public interest, that delivers the services that members of the public are looking for.”...

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Harvie accuses Scot Gov of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail

It's easy to blame Network Rail and yes control over the tracks should be devolved but that's no excuse for inaction. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (7 Feb) accused the Scottish Government of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail. Challenging the Deputy...

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Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

The high level of support is a reminder to MSPs of the opportunity we have to reduce injuries and prevent deaths on our streets. Mark Ruskell MSP The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas is supported by almost two-thirds of respondents to a Holyrood committee...

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Safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will “align Scotland to best practice”

It’s time for Scotland to catch up with the rest of the world, and update a limit that was plucked out of thin air back in the 1930s. Mark Ruskell MSP The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will end “a throwback to the 1930s”...

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Budget deal makes millions available to councils & paves way for bold reforms

Andy Wightman MSP Lothian Local Government, Communities, Housing & Land Reform TwitterFacebookWebsite Since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, I have sought to work constructively with all MSPs from all parties to effect legislative, budgetary and policy changes that will benefit Scotland and my constituents. There is no...

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Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Scrapping the Tories' Council Tax and giving Councils more powers is a historic victory. Patrick Harvie MSP The Scottish Greens this afternoon (31 Jan) confirmed agreement has been reached with Scottish Ministers on a significant package of immediate budget changes and bold long-terms reforms to boost the funding of local...

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7 things the Green Budget Deal will deliver

Scottish Greens We’ve secured an agreement with the Scottish Government on the budget for 2019-20. This includes giving councils up to £282m more to spend on providing local services, meaning that over the last 3 years Scottish Greens have secured over £500m for local services. But this year, we’ve gone...

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Wightman urges residents to check legality of holiday home key boxes

Wightman urges residents to check legality of holiday home key boxes

Drilled into doorways or stonework entrances, the increase in the number of these unsightly additions simply reflects the number of residential flats that have been converted into short-term let businesses. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP, whose Homes First campaign aims to better regulate the short-term...

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Johnstone wins on Health and Care Staffing amendments

Johnstone wins on Health and Care Staffing amendments

If we want to improve recruitment and retention of those working in health and care, we need to ensure that they have guaranteed time to continue to develop their professional skills. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today (29 Jan) won support for her amendments to...

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Greens cannot support budget due to SNP stubbornness on council funding

Greens cannot support budget due to SNP stubbornness on council funding

A crisis in local services can be avoided, but it will require a fundamental change of position from the Scottish Government. Patrick Harvie MSP Patrick Harvie MSP today (27 Jan) warned that as things stand the Green group of MSPs cannot support the government’s proposed budget at the Stage One...

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With bolder action on climate change, Scotland can lead the way & inspire others

With bolder action on climate change, Scotland can lead the way & inspire others

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite The world’s “elite” gathered in Davos this week for the World Economic Forum, with environmental challenges, including a failure to mitigate climate change at the top of their list of dangers facing the global economy. Without a hint of irony...

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Up-to-date Personal & Social Education welcomed by Ross Greer

Up-to-date Personal & Social Education welcomed by Ross Greer

PSE is crucial to every young person's education, helping them with everything from relationships to their mental health. Ross Greer MSP The Scottish Greens today (23 Jan) hailed the prospect of up-to-date Personal & Social Education (PSE) being rolled out in Scottish schools following a long-running campaign by education spokesperson...

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An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

An independent Scotland can build a people’s Europe

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite In 70 days the Article 50 negotiation period will expire and unless something changes, the UK will leave the European Union, with or without a deal. What happens in the next seventy days is anyone’s...

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Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

Harvie: Timetable for independence vote essential, even if Article 50 extended

In the face of such incompetent misrule from Westminster, it’s now vital that we set out a route for Scotland to secure its future in Europe as an independent member state, even if the Brexit timetable is extended. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP has said that...

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Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Escalating Brexit crisis shows Scotland needs option of independence in EU

Regardless of whether Brexit can be stopped or is ultimately forced upon us, the people of Scotland deserve the chance to reject the absurdities of Westminster where Scotland is clearly held in such contempt and instead chart a course to becoming an independent member of the EU. Patrick Harvie MSP...

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Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

Other parties ignoring evidence on climate change

We need both an urgent and credible response to global climate emergency, which learns from the past and leaves no one behind. Mark Ruskell MSP Greens have slammed other parties for ignoring the evidence on climate change after they blocked calls to speed up renewable energy and oil and gas...

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We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

We need to be united in our resolve never to let the far right become normalised

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Back in 2016, few people could have predicted quite how chaotic the Brexit crisis would become. But it’s not only a crisis in parliamentary debating chambers and government institutions. The toxic values which have been cultivated and unleashed by the...

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Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

Vulnerable children to suffer unless SNP cuts to council budgets prevented

The cold hard reality is that if Parliament passes the budget in its current form, cuts to jobs and front-line services for the most vulnerable people will be inevitable. Patrick Harvie MSP Many of Scotland’s most vulnerable children are set to suffer unless the SNP’s proposed cuts to council budgets...

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SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

SNP & Tory MSPs block our call for funding to help farmers cut climate emissions

It’s clear the SNP has kowtowed to weak arguments from parts of the farming lobby which ignore the potential for greener farming and land management practices to offset the unavoidable emissions from livestock. Mark Ruskell MSP Green MSPs have slammed the SNP for letting down climate-friendly farmers who want to...

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Ministers agree to Greer’s call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

Ministers agree to Greer’s call to look at risk of post-Brexit people-trafficking

The Westminster Government's immigration proposals will be economically devastating for Scotland but we cannot lose sight of those who will truly be the victims of these short-sighted and racist plans. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Ministers today (10 Jan) agreed to a Green MSP’s call to look into the threat of...

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Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

Green pressure for action on animal welfare pays off

The Scottish Government is finally listening to the Greens and other advocates of animal welfare. Mark Ruskell MSP Scottish Green MSPs say their consistent pressure for action to improve animal welfare prompted today’s (9 Jan) announcements from the Scottish Government on CCTV in abattoirs, stronger penalties for animal cruelty and...

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Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

Wightman warns Finance Secretary against smoke & mirrors on local gov funding

It’s high time he dropped this charade and faced up to the reality of his cuts budget by backing our calls for real reform of local funding and a fair deal for local services this year. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Greens local government spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP has blasted Finance...

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Finnie questions bus services funding reduction

Bus patronage is falling year on year, yet Scottish Government Ministers are doing nothing about it. John Finnie MSP Following questions to the Minister for Public Finance & Digital Economy. Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has called on the Scottish Government to prioritise the provision of bus services,...

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Ruskell’s plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Ruskell’s plan for safer speed limits will counter obesity says child health expert

Concern for children's health is growing as they spend more time indoors and more time looking at phones and tablets, so we must seize every opportunity to make outdoor activity an attractive option. Mark Ruskell MSP Proposed legislation by a Green MSP for a safer speed limit in built-up areas...

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Reducing the speed limit will improve child health

Scottish Greens Reducing the speed limit will improve child health for at least three reasons. Firstly, slower traffic makes for safer streets which means that fewer children are killed on Scottish roads. Secondly, slower traffic will encourage children to walk and change their lifestyle to one which counters the obesity...

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The world is a better place because of those who bravely follow peace processes

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website Like many, I am always keen to support any cessation of violence or moves to peace. In any armed conflict, it takes courage to disarm and good grace to engage with former combatants. The world...

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Greer calls on Scot Gov to end support for arms dealers supplying Brazil

With the inauguration in Brazil yesterday of a fascist president, any link between Scottish public funds and weapons firms that target Brazil must be stopped. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens international relations spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (2 Jan) called on the Scottish Government to end its financial support of...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie, Maggie Chapman, Gillian Mackay and Jon Molyneux look back at the challenges and achievements of 2018, and forward to 2019 when we’ll continue Leading The Change. Join us and help Lead the Change in 2019!

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Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

Government ignoring demand for safer cycling routes; ministers set to fail target

The government is leaving Scotland in the slow lane, choosing instead to prioritise more motorways, trunk roads and airline travel. John Finnie MSP The Scottish Greens today (30 Dec) accused the SNP Government of ignoring public demand for safer cycling routes as ministers look set to fail to meet their...

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Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

Wightman warns rampant growth in short-term lets hollowing out Edinburgh

The growth seen in Edinburgh in the past year will be galling to the many residents whose neighbourhoods have been fragmented, and families being squeezed out in their search for affordable homes. Andy Wightman MSP As thousands of visitors descend of Edinburgh for Hogmanay, Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman...

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Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

Finnie calls for action to make all Scottish railway stations “step-free”

The travelling public, including people with mobility issues and families using buggies and prams, deserve an easily-accessible public transport network as our railways are a public service. John Finnie MSP Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP is today (27 Dec) calling on Scottish Ministers to speed up action to...

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Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Boxing Day fox hunts could be the last as Johnstone bill moves closer

Recently I have been taking advice from parliament officials and I will publish a consultation on my proposal in the new year. Alison Johnstone MSP This Boxing Day, as fox hunts meet around the UK including in Scotland, Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone has pledged to publish a consultation on...

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Social isolation is everywhere in society: we need a society-wide response

Maggie Chapman Co-convenor TwitterFacebookWebsite The festive season often gives cause to reminisce about the past: happier times, sadder times, younger times. And it has become a seasonal ritual to consider those less fortunate, those for whom this is a difficult time, those who are alone. Social isolation and loneliness are...

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10 policies that could accelerate climate action in Scotland now

10 policies that could accelerate climate action in Scotland now

John Hardy Campaigns Officer Last year the IPCC warned that the world has just 12 years to do everything it can to avoid climate breakdown. We’re often told that Scotland is already doing everything it can to reduce emissions, so here’s ten policies the Scottish Greens are backing that could...

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Greer challenges Scot Gov over failure to publish No Deal Brexit plan

Greer challenges Scot Gov over failure to publish No Deal Brexit plan

A No-Deal Brexit is a huge threat to essential health services, much of our food and fuel, and even the water supply. Ross Greer MSP Scottish Greens Europe spokesperson Ross Greer MSP today (18 Dec) challenged the Scottish Government over its failure to show the public its plans for public...

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Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous ScotRail reign

Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous ScotRail reign

The Transport Secretary must bring to an end Abellio’s disastrous reign and put in place a public sector operator to run Scotland’s railways exclusively in the public interest, at the earliest opportunity. Scottish Greens transport spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to end the current ScotRail...

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It is past time for action on Council Tax

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite Derek Mackay has unveiled his tax and spending plans for next year. For a minority Government, that’s only half the story. He must now find a way of securing the consent of at least one other party for the budget...

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Harvie accuses Scot Gov of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’

There’s no way Greens will back a double-whammy of council cuts and no new action on local tax reform. Patrick Harvie MSP Patrick Harvie has accused Derek Mackay of ‘sleight of hand to conceal council cuts’, warning at FMQs today (13 December) that the Scottish Greens will not enter budget...

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Harvie criticises SNP Ministers over Budget inaction on local tax reform

Harvie criticises SNP Ministers over Budget inaction on local tax reform

If the Finance Secretary wants to bring some stability to these uncertain times, he's going a strange way about it. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (12 Dec) criticised SNP Ministers for failing to use the publication of the draft 2019-20 Scottish Budget to act on...

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Parliament agrees our call for fishing vessel trackers to stop illegal dredging

Parliament agrees our call for fishing vessel trackers to stop illegal dredging

Remote Electronic Monitoring across our full fishing fleet will deliver environmental and economic benefits. Mark Ruskell MSP The Scottish Parliament tonight (11 Dec) agreed to a call from the Scottish Greens for tamper-proof fishing vessel trackers to clamp down on illegal activities such as scallop dredging. Following this afternoon’s Sea...

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Article 50 Ruling Points Clear Way Out Of Brexit Mess

Article 50 Ruling Points Clear Way Out Of Brexit Mess

This is a massive moment at the start of a vital week, pointing to a clear way out of the Brexit mess. Ross Greer MSP The two Scottish Green MSPs who, together with SNP and Labour politicians, brought the case on whether the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 have...

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Warning to Scot Gov: Our test for entering budget talks has not yet been met

Warning to Scot Gov: Our test for entering budget talks has not yet been met

Replacing Council Tax with a fairer alternative can’t happen overnight, but the work must begin now. Patrick Harvie MSP The Scottish Greens today (9 Dec) issued a warning to the Scottish Government that the party’s precondition for entering budget talks has not yet been met, with just days to go...

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We need climate leadership, not complacency

Mark Ruskell MSP Mid Scotland and Fife Climate, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming TwitterFacebookWebsite I’ve met many people living with the climate emergency. Families on the brink of losing homes to rising storms on Vatersay, Malawian villagers desperate for rain so they can grow food and Saami women who have...

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Our campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill

Our climate crisis demands visionary leadership and the Greens are determined to lead the way. Patrick Harvie MSP Greens have today (6 December 2018) launched a campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill. Following the First Minister’s appearance at the international climate talks in Poland this...

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Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

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Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

Greer challenges Swinney over subsidy to fee-paying Music School when many councils are axing free tuition

I just can’t see how the government justifies giving over one million pounds of public money every year to a small private school, without any clear assessment of whether that is value for money. Ross Greer MSP Green MSP Ross Greer has challenged Education Secretary John Swinney to justify his...

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