WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first”

Speaking in a parliamentary debate on addressing issues with take-up of social security benefits, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of a number of organisations across the Highlands and Islands that are working to end food poverty and noted the importance of person-centred, humane approaches in the Scottish Government’s benefit take-up strategy. Roddick said: “AsContinue reading “WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first””

Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature

Emma Roddick MSP visited Migdale and Ledmore woods this week to chat to Woodland Trust workers about upcoming changes to legislation and their plans to introduce capercaillie to the woods. Roddick, who is the Scottish Environment LINK “Capercaillie Champion”, said: “It was great to get out in the fresh air and talk to the WoodlandContinue reading “Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature”

Roddick praises work of Highlands and Islands charities over coronavirus pandemic

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament last week, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of third sector organisations in providing support to vulnerable people across the Highlands and Islands over the course of the pandemic. Noting in particular the efforts of the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) in supporting charities across the region and signposting peopleContinue reading “Roddick praises work of Highlands and Islands charities over coronavirus pandemic”

Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has pressed Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, for clarifications regarding supporting suitable renewable energy developments which will ensure the case for an interconnector for Orkney. Ofgem’s approval for a new cable is reliant on at least 135 MW of new energy generation projects inContinue reading “Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector”

WATCH: Roddick stands firm on the need for national implementation of “buffer zones”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has voiced her support for protest-free buffer zones around clinics that provide abortion services in Scotland. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 4th November, Roddick said she had been disturbed to read accounts by members of Back Off Scotland, an organisation campaigning for these buffer zones, who hadContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick stands firm on the need for national implementation of “buffer zones””

WATCH: “Scotland needs no lessons from the Tories on the environment” says Roddick

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has challenged the Tories in Parliament, contrasting their party’s approach with the Scottish Government’s record on protecting Scotland’s natural environment and fostering sustainability; noting that Scotland was one of the first nations in the world to formally declare a climate emergency. Roddick said: “Scotland more than carries its weightContinue reading “WATCH: “Scotland needs no lessons from the Tories on the environment” says Roddick”

Meetings with Organisations

When groups lobby MSPs, Ministers, Civil Servants, Special Advisers or Law Officers, they should submit a return to the Lobbying Register. Entries can be searched at: https://lobbying.scot/SPS/LobbyingRegister/SearchLobbyingRegister However, many meetings do not meet the criteria for lobbying, and MSPs cannot submit their own entries, meaning their Lobbying Register may seem incomplete. During the first few monthsContinue reading “Meetings with Organisations”

Roddick slams landlord Highland councillors’ “shameful” conflict of interest

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has reacted to a Highland Council debate on a motion opposing short-term let regulation which was led by a short-term let owner, describing it as “shameful at best”. The motion at Thursday’s council meeting sought to back proposals from the Association of Scottish Self-Caterers (ASSC) to limit regulation ofContinue reading “Roddick slams landlord Highland councillors’ “shameful” conflict of interest”

Roddick backs extra funding for social housing providers in the islands

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 28th October, Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick highlighted the need for extra funding to social housing providers in Scotland’s islands to assist them in meeting new building standards introduced in the last session of parliament. Social housing providers are now required to supply sprinkler systems to allContinue reading “Roddick backs extra funding for social housing providers in the islands”

“UK budget leaves the Highlands and Islands short-changed and families worse-off”, says MSP

SNP MSP Emma Roddick today slammed the UK Government budget, criticising it as “an act of class warfare on the side of the rich.” The budget, described by the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as “actually awful” for living standards, was panned by the Highlands and Islands MSP, citing its failures to tackleContinue reading ““UK budget leaves the Highlands and Islands short-changed and families worse-off”, says MSP”