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”

SNP MSP questions Scottish Government on mental health support services for rural and island communities

Emma Roddick has today raised the issue of mental health services in the Highlands and Islands by asking the Scottish Government to provide an update on the Distress Brief Intervention programme, highlighting the need for island and rural communities to have equal access to crisis services. The pilot project, which was launched in the HighlandsContinue reading “SNP MSP questions Scottish Government on mental health support services for rural and island communities”

SNP MSP delighted to see Creative Academy open

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the opening of Wasps’ Inverness Creative Academy.  The former Inverness Royal Academy building on Midmills Road will now host the first creative hub in the Highlands. The Highlands and Islands MSP has highlighted the partnership working which brought the project to this stage, including money from the Highland CouncilContinue reading “SNP MSP delighted to see Creative Academy open”

Highlands MSP calls for views on debt

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called for the views of local organisations as part of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee’s inquiry into debt in Scotland.  A member of the committee herself, she is keen to make sure that Highland voices are heard to give a “complete view” of the issues so that goodContinue reading “Highlands MSP calls for views on debt”

Meetings with Organisations – Winter 2021/22

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. Due to the restrictions implementedContinue reading “Meetings with Organisations – Winter 2021/22”

Time for UK Government to stop undermining Scotland’s young farmers, says Roddick

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament last week, Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick urged the UK Government to take action on the effects of post-Brexit trade deals on new entrants to Scotland’s farming sector. She highlighted recent comments by the NFU President, Minette Batters, who described them as “really bad trade deals for the UK”.Continue reading “Time for UK Government to stop undermining Scotland’s young farmers, says Roddick”

MSP welcomes over nine million in support for Highlands and Islands households

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed new figures showing that low income households in the Highlands and Islands have been supported by £9,415,350 in financial support from the Scottish Government. Households in the Highlands and Islands have received £4,455,980 from Low Income Pandemic Payments and £4,959,370 from Bridging Payments that support families with children inContinue reading “MSP welcomes over nine million in support for Highlands and Islands households”

Shetland receives £5,899 to support care experienced families

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the news that Shetland will receive £5,899 from the Scottish Government to support care experienced families or children who are on the edges of care, in addition to the £41m provided through the Winter Support Fund. Commenting, Roddick said: “Many children across Shetland who are on the edges ofContinue reading “Shetland receives £5,899 to support care experienced families”

MSP highlights the link between homelessness and short-term lets in the Highlands and Islands

Emma Roddick MSP has today voiced her concerns over high levels of homelessness in the Highlands and Islands, particularly Skye, where young people are most likely to experience homelessness in the Highland Council area. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament debate on Wednesday, the SNP MSP opened up about her own experience of homelessness describing itContinue reading “MSP highlights the link between homelessness and short-term lets in the Highlands and Islands”

Local MSP to speak about mental health issues at Alan Goodwin talk

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick is planning to answer questions surrounding mental health in Scotland at Eden Court’s OneTouch Theatre on Thursday evening. The event, organised by local personal trainer Alan Goodwin, is part of a series of talks aiming to destigmatise mental illness through open discussion. Emma Roddick, who will be supporting MrContinue reading “Local MSP to speak about mental health issues at Alan Goodwin talk”