Scottish budget “timid, not transformative”: Greens respond to release of the year’s financial agenda

The Scottish budget has been described as “timid, not transformative” by the co-leader of the Scottish Green Party.

Responding to yesterday’s budget speech, co-leader of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie, said: “The finance minister must change tack if she wishes to secure our support for her budget.”

Co-convenor of the Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie MSP (Credit:Twitter.com)

The Scottish National Party has relied on the support of the Scottish Greens to pass the budget in the last few years.

Within the 2020-21 Scottish Budget the SNP announced a package of funding to accelerate Scotland’s transition to a net-zero economy, including £1.8 billion of investment in low carbon infrastructure which will help reduce emissions.

Speaking in the chamber yesterday, Harvie criticised the budget.

“I can find no evidence of a shift away from the damaging traffic inducing projects that the government has been supporting up until now,” he said.

Yesterday’s budget speech comes after the release of the government’s public engagement programme about climate change ‘Big Climate Conversation’, which saw the Scottish Greens call for the SNP to start “listening to the public.”

Scottish Green environment spokesperson, Mark Russell, said:
“The Scottish Government need to take on board what we have been telling them. Building a world call, affordable public transform system that busts congestion has to be the top goal.”

SNP MSP, Kate Forbes, during the question and answer session in the chamber yesterday, said that she is “willing to be very constructive. My door is open and I’m willing to listen to all parties.”

Kate Forbes MSP
(credit: Twitter.com)

In a statement by the Scottish Green’s, the party said:

“Scottish Greens have made a number of constructive proposals, which would protect local services and begin to tackle the climate crisis, unfortunately the Scottish Government have so far failed to engage in constructive negations to deliver the transformative change required.”

The Budget will also see a new £120 million heat transition deal and a total investment of £151 million in energy efficiency.
In total, £461.8m will be spent on the environment, climate change and land reform – an increase from £426.6m.

Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, welcomed the budget:

“Scotland has committed to reaching Net Zero emissions by 2045, five years earlier than the UK as a whole.”

In November, Glasgow will play host to COP26, The United Nations Climate Change Conference.

 

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