Scottish Green Party
Programme for Government reaction: STUC, Greens, NUS, Good Food Coalition, Friends of the Earth + more
Politicians, experts, trade unions and other organisations give their view on today’s Programme for Government
THE PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier today, has already provoked much reaction from civic Scotland.
Debate in the Holyrood chamber was led by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose warnings against further referendums and constitutional division are by now so familiar that most observers can mouth along with her.
SNP blames UK Govt’s 'abject failure' on drug policy for rise in Scottish drug deaths
SNP MP questions whether delay in appointing a ‘Recovery Champion’ is due to expert opposition to UK drug policy
FOLLOWING the publication of the latest drug death statistics in Scotland, SNP MP Ronnie Cowan has today (4 July) described the UK Government’s delay in appointing a Recovery Champion for drug abuse as a “disgrace”.
'Independence it must be': Mastermind behind 'The Vow' switches from No to Yes
Former Daily Record editor who planned the famous front-page vowing more powers to Scotland says he now backs independence
A BLOW has been dealt to the case for the union as the man behind the “vow” for more devolved powers in the final days of the referendum campaign admits that he now views independence as the only way forward.
‘Scrap Council Tax’: Scottish Greens to bring vote on red line issue
Greens urge fellow MSPs to back proposals to overhaul the Council Tax system
MSPS WILL vote on Wednesday 28 March on a motion to scrap Council Tax and convene a cross-party group to establish a ‘fairer’ replacement, put forward by the Scottish Greens.
Greens push for legally binding target on bus service use
Greens to put forward motion to ensure Transport Bill reverses decline in bus use
THE SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY will urge MSPs to support a legally-binding target on bus use as part of the Scottish Government’s upcoming Transport Bill.
The motion, which will be put forward for a vote in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, aims to address a decline in bus use, which Green MSPs have linked to falling satisfaction with service provision.
Scotland bearing the brunt of Tory austerity as new figures show poverty on the rise
Relative poverty, child poverty and income inequality on the rise, new statistics show
STATISTICS PUBLISHED today by the Scottish Government indicate a continued increase in poverty in Scotland, with a marked rise coinciding with the recession and the introduction of austerity policies.
Around 860,000 people in Scotland each year are living in relative poverty before housing costs, and over one million after housing costs – a fact which campaigners have linked to a lack of affordable housing.
Patrick Harvie slams Corbyn’s immigration stance at Green conference
Green co-convener hits out at Labour for failing to offer alternative to Tory Brexit “path to destruction”
SCOTTISH GREENS national co-convener Patrick Harvie used his party conference speech on Saturday to offer harsh criticism of Labour, hitting out at leader Jeremy Corbyn for “blaming foreign workers for low wages”.
Scottish Government stays tight-lipped on Trump relations
Despite recent call for action by Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Government avoids commenting on Scotland’s relationship with the United States under Donald Trump
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has reaffirmed its opposition to prejudice and hate crime, saying “they will never be tolerated in Scotland”, but has avoided commenting specifically on the issues raised by Patrick Harvie in his recent call for Scotland to do more in opposing the far right and the administration of Donald Trump.