Responding to last week's News spotlight on East Kilbride's housing crisis, local Green candidate Kirsten Robb (East Kilbride East) is calling on South Lanarkshire Council to introduce private sector rent controls to help tackle poverty. The Private Housing (Tenancies) Act, introduced last year, permits local authorities to do this by declaring areas as 'rent pressure zones'.
Last week the Scottish Parliament backed a Green MSP amendment (1) which supported raising £100 million extra for public services by tweaking the council tax bands of those who can most afford it. The amendment also, however, put on record the serious concerns about the council tax expressed across the political parties, local government itself and the public service unions.
East Kilbride Green campaigner, Kirsten Robb, said
In the light of revelations that 10 South Lanarkshire Secondary Schools built under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Finance model have had to make repairs due to structural defects (1), South Lanarkshire Greens reveal information which questions the construction quality and are calling on the council to undertake an independent inquiry to look into how the problems occurred, similar to that Green Councillors in Edinburgh asked for after the Edinburgh schools debacle earlier this year (2)
After Monday's vote at Westminster which committed the UK to renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, the local branch of the Scottish Green Party are calling on all attending the recent demos in East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Hamilton and Biggar, to continue to work together to ensure nuclear weapons have no future in Scotland or across the world.
Congratulations to Steven Hannigan coming fourth in the Hamilton North and East By-election held on Thursday 21st January.
Proposals by the Scottish Government to cut funding for initiatives that promote the recycling and reduction of waste have been criticized as unambitious by Kirsten Robb, Green MSP candidate for Central Scotland.
Steven Hannigan has been selected as our candidate for the Hamilton North & East By-election on Thursday 21st Janaury 2016. Here are a few words of introduction...
Born in Rutherglen, growing up in Cambuslang and now living in Hamilton, I have lived in South Lanarkshire all my life. I graduated in Audio Technology with Multimedia and work as a freelance audio designer as well as in retail. Working with the public is a major perk of both of my jobs as it allows me to interact with people from all walks of life on a day to day basis.
“Scottish Greens are consistently opposed to fracking. With more Green MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, we will stand up for our communities and keep the pressure on. Fracking is a distraction from a cleaner, jobs rich energy future that benefits everyone, rather than a few multinationals."
By the time we picked up from Hamilton, our climate action bus (courtesy of EK Community Transport) to join in the Edinburgh march was nearly full. Members of the South Lanarkshire Greens united with like minded people from Oxfam, local churches and Radical Independence Campaign East Kilbride to send a powerful message to our leaders in Paris this week: