Scottish Greens press release
Mediation, 'Agent of Change' and no equal right of appeal: 5 conclusions from the passage of the #PlanningBill
After a week of often emotive debate, the Planning Bill has now passed – what are the major consequences?
THE most amended bill in the history of the Scottish Parliament has now been passed, by 78 to 26.
John Swinney accused of defying the will of parliament by pressing ahead with standardised testing for P1's
Following the publication of a review into his flagship education reform, Swinney announced that the Scottish National Standardised Assessments would continue with “important modifications”
Rising financial emergency in Scottish households as Universal Credit continues roll-out
Emergency appeals for financial aid spike by 69 per cent
HOUSING campaigners have warned of a sharp spike in the number of applications for emergency aid to avert homelessness, as the UK Government's Universal Credit scheme continues its roll-out in Glasgow.
According to Scottish Government figures published today, between April and June 2018 45,290 applications for crisis grants were made to local councils, 7 per cent more than in the same period in 2017.
Airbnb set to be regulated as short-term lets amendment to Planning Bill goes through
Amendment also passed giving power to councils to buy land at existing use value
AN AMENDMENT to the Planning Bill which would see all short-term lets have to apply for council planning consent has passed stage two of the Bill’s passage through parliament.
Amendment 45 was tabled by Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman, and is an attempt to regulate the enormous rise of short term lets in Scotland, especially through the use of digital holiday letting company Airbnb.
Campaigners demand publicly owned buses after petition gathers 10,000 signatures
Call for Edinburgh-style public ownership of public transport gathers cross-party support
CAMPAIGNERS today [3 October] rallied outside of the Scottish Parliament in support of the public ownership of buses as the Transport Bill was discussed by MSPs.
#ClimateWeek: Is Scotland still an international leader in tackling climate change?
Is Scotland still a world leader on climate change? Ben Wray finds that while targets are still being hit, little progress is being made in key industry sectors, while other countries and climate scientists raise their ambitions and expectations.
CLIMATE WEEK begins today [1 October] in Scotland, just as scientists meet in the South Korean city of Incheon for crucial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) talks ahead of a much anticipated report publication.