Highlands & Islands MSP urges Chancellor to do more to tackle cost of living crisis

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has urged the UK Conservative Chancellor to introduce an emergency budget to support families in the face of the rising cost of living. The MSP argued that an emergency budget should include the delivery of a Real Living Wage, a reversal to the Universal Credit cutContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP urges Chancellor to do more to tackle cost of living crisis”

Roddick praises work of Crocus Group

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament which recognises the efforts of the Crocus Group in supporting children and young people living with the grief of having lost a loved one. It comes as the Crocus Group mark four years since the beginning of theirContinue reading “Roddick praises work of Crocus Group”

Highlands MSP recognises rise in LGBT+ hate crime in the region

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has spoken of her concern at figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request which show that hate crimes recorded against LGBT+ people in the Highlands rose by 46% between 2020-2021.  Roddick, who is the first out MSP to represent the region in the Scottish ParliamentContinue reading “Highlands MSP recognises rise in LGBT+ hate crime in the region”

Roddick Opens Up About Experiences as Youngest MSP

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands & Islands, has spoken out about her experiences as a young, female and disabled elected representative. Roddick, the youngest MSP elected in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, made the comments as a number of young people announced their intention to seek selection as candidates for the upcoming Scottish CouncilContinue reading “Roddick Opens Up About Experiences as Youngest MSP”

Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has said she will continue to push for The Scottish Government to include inter-islands ferry fares in the new free bus travel scheme for under-22s. Roddick is clear in her view that young people should not be disadvantaged in accessing education and work opportunities as aContinue reading “Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme”

Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her column in the Highland News & Media Group to talk candidly about her own mental health experiences. As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Mental Health, Roddick is particularly interested in what support can be provided to those who areContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises”