Emma Roddick secures commitment to review short-term lets situation

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has received a commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Shona Robison, to revisit the issue of tackling the increasing numbers of short-term lets next year.  This move follows the removal of a power for local authorities to refuse new licensing due to overprovision from the Scottish Government’s new Short-term LetsContinue reading “Emma Roddick secures commitment to review short-term lets situation”

Islands MSP urges new Minister for Transport to back fixed links for Shetland

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has wasted no time writing to the new Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth, appointed on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of developing fixed links in Shetland. Referring to the Scottish Government’s target of reaching net-zero by 2045, Roddick has reiterated the significant role that transport plays in these plans, saying: “Fixed linksContinue reading “Islands MSP urges new Minister for Transport to back fixed links for Shetland”

CONSULTATION: Roddick urges constituents to support enhancements to Highland Main Line

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the publication of the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), which sets out the Scottish Government’s priorities for transport funding for the next 20 years, and urged all constituents to respond to the online consultation on its draft report. Commenting, Roddick said: “The draft STPR2 report suggestsContinue reading “CONSULTATION: Roddick urges constituents to support enhancements to Highland Main Line”

Highlands and Islands MSP welcomes “tide change” in renewable energy production

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed new funding which will allow construction of offshore wind farms in 17 lots just off the Scottish coastline, including in 11 lots around the Highlands and Islands. Around £1 billion in investment is expected for every 1gw of capacity proposed helping make a just energy transition a reality. Commenting,Continue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP welcomes “tide change” in renewable energy production”

Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality

SNP MSP Emma Roddick raised in Parliament last week the high transmission charges faced by renewable energy developers in Scotland compared to other areas in the UK, where their equivalents are paid to join, questioning the Government on whether this could harm the SNP’s goal of supporting at least three of Scotland’s islands to becomeContinue reading “Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality”

Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has raised the plight of endometriosis sufferers in the Highlands in the Scottish Parliament, claiming the isolation felt by those with the diagnosis is “intensified” when they live far from hospitals able to treat it. Speaking in today’s debate, she said: “Endometriosis often has a devastatinglyContinue reading “Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns”

Roddick praises fairer assessment process for Scottish benefits

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has highlighted the positive changes implemented by the Scottish Government to the assessment process for Adult Disability Payment, which will replace the Personal Independence Payment for Scottish claimants in Spring 2022. Commenting, Roddick said: “It is universally acknowledged by key stakeholders, such as Scottish Association for Mental Health,Continue reading “Roddick praises fairer assessment process for Scottish benefits”

Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands

Local MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed record investment in Scotland’s NHS, including £57 million for NHS Shetland and £57.1 million for NHS Orkney. The Scottish Government Budget confirmed £18 billion for Health and Social Care, including £12.9 billion for health boards through the pandemic and to accelerate the recovery of vital services.  The Budget alsoContinue reading “Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands”

WATCH: SNP MSP Emma Roddick hits out at “insincere” Tories

Watch the intervention here. SNP MSP Emma Roddick has hit back at a Tory intervention on her speech in support of the Scotland Loves Local Fund, describing them as “insincere”. Conservative MSP Douglas Lumsden intervened on her speech to claim that the Scottish Government had been there too long and wasn’t doing enough to supportContinue reading “WATCH: SNP MSP Emma Roddick hits out at “insincere” Tories”