Meetings with Organisations – March 2022

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. Since my election last year,Continue reading “Meetings with Organisations – March 2022”

Emma Roddick MSP criticises councillors who “voted against transparency”

Highland Councillors have voted to keep local decisions secret at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday 10th March. SNP councillor Emma Roddick proposed a motion that Ward Business Meetings – forums where all the councillors representing one Highland ward regularly meet to make very local decisions – have action notes published for theContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP criticises councillors who “voted against transparency””

WATCH: Emma Roddick seeks assurance misogyny in politics will not get in the way of policy tackling it

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government about their plans to help combat misogyny in Scottish politics, questioning the Cabinet Secretary on how he would ensure misogyny in politics would not get in the way of progressing policy aimed at tackling it. This comes in response to a recent report publishedContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick seeks assurance misogyny in politics will not get in the way of policy tackling it”

Emma Roddick MSP welcomes 6% increase to social security in Scotland

Emma Roddick MSP for the Highlands and Islands has welcomed the news from that social security payments issued by the Scottish Government will increase by 6% on April 1st. Subject to parliamentary approval, the Job Start Payment, Young Carer’s Grant, Funeral Support, Best Start Grant and Carer’s Allowance Supplement will increase by 6%. Families inContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP welcomes 6% increase to social security in Scotland”

Highlands and Islands MSP visits the Inverness Creative Academy

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick enjoyed an afternoon of art on Friday the 4th of March at the Inverness Creative Academy. The Inverness Creative Academy provides a stimulating working environment for artists, creative businesses, and art organisations that is affordable and accessible. This beautiful building, which has recently opened its doors to the public,Continue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP visits the Inverness Creative Academy”

SNP MSP criticises Tory Bedroom Tax and “remarkable” low spend on UK housing support

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has criticised the UK Government’s spend on Discretionary Housing Payments, highlighting that the total spend in England and Wales is only slightly more than what is spent in Scotland, where it is estimated over £71 million is being spent annually to mitigate the Tories’ Bedroom Tax. The SNP MSPContinue reading “SNP MSP criticises Tory Bedroom Tax and “remarkable” low spend on UK housing support”

SNP MSP highlights need for considering intersectionality when tackling sexual crime

During an evidence-gathering session by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on Thursday 3rd March, SNP MSP Emma Roddick questioned witnesses on the disparity in sexual crime faced by disabled women compared to non-disabled women. She later called for more specialised work to be done in supporting multiply-marginalised women who are victims of abuse.Continue reading “SNP MSP highlights need for considering intersectionality when tackling sexual crime”

Roddick calls for measures to control growth in number of second homes

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has questioned the Scottish Government on when her party’s manifesto commitment to devolve powers to local authorities to manage high numbers of second homes would be progressed. Commenting on the importance of this policy, she said: “I was elected last year on the strength of an SNP manifesto which promised aContinue reading “Roddick calls for measures to control growth in number of second homes”

Roddick: greater funding for islands is an opportunity for economic autonomy

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has praised Scottish Government work on the Island Communities Fund, noting that it poses a real opportunity for Scotland’s islands to become more economically sustainable and self-sufficient as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Commenting, Roddick said: “This is a time of change on Scotland’s islands. While they have facedContinue reading “Roddick: greater funding for islands is an opportunity for economic autonomy”

Roddick: Freeport plans may affect other ports; must remain under scrutiny

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, SNP MSP Emma Roddick highlighted the concerns of Scottish ports not in the running to become ‘green freeports’ under joint Scottish-UK Government plans and insisted on the importance of continuing to scrutinise the plans going forward. Commenting, Roddick said: “It is crucial that none of our ports are forgotten asContinue reading “Roddick: Freeport plans may affect other ports; must remain under scrutiny”