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)
So, it's that time again when the agricultural shows come to South Lanarkshire, and there the Greens were, in between the livestock and tractors! The aim was threefold: to raise our profile among the farming community, to raise Janet Moxley's profile towards the council elections next May; and most importantly, to chat to local folk and ask them what mattered to them.
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.
On the 7th April, the Scottish Green party officially launched its regional campaign for Central Scotland at a rally in Hamilton's town centre.
Scottish Greens Co-convenor Patrick Harvie and regional lead candidates Kirsten Robb and John Wilson highlighted the benefits that Green MSPs could bring to Central Scotland, emphasising that a better Scotland needs a bolder Holyrood.
Local campaigners and candidates from the Scottish Green Party were out in
big numbers earlier this week at train stations across Central Scotland to
highlight our policies on public transport provision, including the nationalisation
of the railways, re-regulation of bus services, and the introduction of
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.