Scottish Greens back ‘long-term’ aim of free public transport at party conference
John Finnie MSP: “The aim of fare-free public transport is about fairness and reducing inequalities”
MEMBERS of the Scottish Greens have backed a motion at their party conference supporting free public transport as a long-term ambition.
Analysis: Scotland's bus regulations have barely changed since Thatcher - is it not time for public ownership?
CommonSpace examines the data on the performance of Scotland’s deregulated bus regime, and finds a vicious circle of declining services, fewer passengers and higher fares. New Minister Michael Matheson has a chance to shake off Thatcher’s deregulation policy, but will he?
WEIRDLY, Scotland feels like the south of Spain. Enjoy it while it lasts. The permanent blue skies and humidity is an almost unblemished pleasure.
Majority of Scots back public ownership of bus services, new poll finds
73 per cent of SNP voters in favour, compared to 9 per cent against
58 PER CENT of Scots believe bus services should be run by public operators, a new poll has found, increasing pressure on new Transport Secretary Michael Matheson to take action.
The Panelbase poll, commissioned by the Scottish Greens, found only 15 per cent believe buses should be run by private firms, with the remainder saying they don't know.
The poll also reveals a huge backing for public ownership among SNP voters, with 73 per cent in favour and just 9 per cent against.
Going backwards: How UK living standards have gone into reverse 10 years after the recession
CommonSpace analyses a new report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the Minimum Income Standard, an assessment of what is needed to have an acceptable minimum standard of living in the UK
ARE things getting better? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report on minimum income standards from 2008-2018, and it shows that for those at the bottom and middle of the income pile seeking to have enough to live a decent life, the situation is no better than 10 years ago when the Great Recession began, and in many ways worse.
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.