Roddick celebrates Scottish Government prison remand reform

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick today raised in parliament the issue of Scottish prisoners being held on remand without a verdict. Roddick was pleased with the Scottish Government’s response and commitment to reform. Speaking on the issue, Roddick said: “I am glad to see that the Scottish Government are taking steps to reduce theContinue reading “Roddick celebrates Scottish Government prison remand reform”

Highlands and Islands MSP seeks clarity on how individuals at high risk from COVID will be supported as restrictions ease

Emma Roddick MSP asked the First Minister today how the most vulnerable to COVID in our society will be supported following the move to level 0, highlighting specifically those with blood cancers whose treatment may affect the vaccine’s effectiveness. She asked: “Given that Blood Cancer UK has instructed that the vaccine may have lower efficacyContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP seeks clarity on how individuals at high risk from COVID will be supported as restrictions ease”

HAVE YOUR SAY: Carer’s Allowance Supplement consultation

The Social Justice and Social Security Committee is considering the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill and asking people to submit their views. What are your views on the increased payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement? Do you agree with increasing the December payment of Carer’s Allowance Supplement? Do you have any views on the Bill’sContinue reading “HAVE YOUR SAY: Carer’s Allowance Supplement consultation”

Roddick encourages young people to apply for Job Start Payment

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, is encouraging 16-25-year-olds to apply for the Job Start Payment, a grant which helps young people get back into work by covering “prohibitive” start-up costs. Roddick said: “The costs of starting a new job shouldn’t be prohibitive, but they often are. I am delighted to seeContinue reading “Roddick encourages young people to apply for Job Start Payment”

Islands MSP supports Orkney’s first Pride march

Following Orkney Pride celebrations on 26th June, organisers have shared an interview with Emma Roddick MSP, the island’s only out Parliamentarian. Roddick had said she was “delighted” to be taking part in the march, a first for the island, after a year of COVID restrictions prevented them from taking place in 2020.

SNP MSP returns to Ross-shire to open new youth facility

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has returned to her home town of Alness to open new facility ‘The Field’. Following the closure of the Place on Alness High Street, co-ordinators and young people worked tirelessly to build a new outdoor facility with a tent to house learning and social opportunities for youngContinue reading “SNP MSP returns to Ross-shire to open new youth facility”

New Highlands and Islands MSP to visit Orkney

New MSP Emma Roddick, who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Kirkwall later this week to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic. Scotland’s youngest MSP will meet with Orkney Islands Council leadership on Friday afternoon.  In addition toContinue reading “New Highlands and Islands MSP to visit Orkney”

WATCH: Women’s Health Plan “must address ingrained problems” says SNP MSP

The Scottish Government’s commitment to publish a Women’s Health Plan is welcome, but must address “ingrained” problems, according to Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick. Speaking in a parliamentary debate on the plan, Ms Roddick said that many of the problems in women’s health are deep-rooted. She said they are “the result of many yearsContinue reading “WATCH: Women’s Health Plan “must address ingrained problems” says SNP MSP”

Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities

SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has expressed her delight as Shetland Islands Council is set to receive £53,000 from the Scottish Government to encourage children to play and socialise as part of the recovery from the pandemic. Councils across Scotland will receive a share of £15m to support summer activities that areContinue reading “Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities”

New Highlands and Islands MSP makes Shetland first regional visit

New MSP Emma Roddick, who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Shetland today to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic.  The three-day tour marks her first official visit since being sworn in at Holyrood. First call for Scotland’s youngestContinue reading “New Highlands and Islands MSP makes Shetland first regional visit”