“We do need far more creative use of the powers we do have, but far from undermining the case for independence, a bold approach to the day job will demonstrate how confining those limits are, and will only strengthen the case for breaking beyond them”
Patrick Harvie MSP said:
“With a minority government, this term will need to be one of compromise and open-minded discussion. The Scottish Greens will work constructively to improve government proposals but we will also challenge them where necessary.
“Cutting Air Passenger Duty should not be a priority given its negative environmental and social impact. Investment in energy efficient housing, which could slash fuel poverty and tackle climate emissions, must be dramatically increased given the slow progress to date.
“The prospect of a Social Security Bill is welcome and Greens have already proposed constructive ideas for preventing the UK’s sanctioning regime from impacting on people in Scotland. We hope Scottish Ministers take those ideas on board.
“Educational attainment is understandably a priority with strong cross-party support for action, but national policies should funded by national resources, not a raid on local taxation as the Scottish Government have proposed. Tweaks to the unfair, out of date Council Tax with additional revenue taken from councils is not an acceptable approach.
Alison Johnstone MSP, Health & Social Care spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today commented on new figures showing no increase in the time spent at home rather than in hospital in the final six months of life.
THE phoney war that is the annual GERS debate has broken out again. It’s all too predictable, but with Scotland’s public finances under scrutiny I make no apology for once again challenging the dominant assumptions about oil and gas. In 2014 the Green Yes campaign published figures showing that the multinationals operating in the North Sea were receiving about £1 billion worth of tax breaks from the UK Government every year – despite making huge profits.
“Vast areas of Scotland such as the Highlands and Islands, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway still do not have reliable access to broadband.”
John Finnie MSP
Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (17 Aug) called for clarity over funding cuts after figures published showed a sharp rise in drug-related deaths
Mark Ruskell MSP, Energy & Environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (11 Aug) challenged Scottish Ministers to close a loophole that allows nuclear power plants to have their operating life extended without public input.
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“The comments were made in response to the call by the GMB Union for the UK Government to scrap the national energy regulator Ofgem after disappointment in what the GMB called “ineffectual reforms”.
“Raising revenue from more progressive taxation won’t fix everything, but it’s increasingly clear that it must play a key role.”
Cllr Ian Baxter (Green) said:
“Midlothian faces the biggest financial challenges in its history and it’s vitally important that councillors from all parties work together to protect the most vulnerable. It is deeply frustrating that the Labour Group continues to boycott this cross party group and the only people to suffer from their inaction will be the people of Midlothian”.
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