MSP delighted at 31,083 young people benefiting from bus scheme

Emma Roddick MSP has welcomed the news that 31,083 children and young people in across the Highlands and Islands are benefiting from free bus travel since the introduction of the SNP Government’s scheme for under 22’s. In figures released this week (20th September 2022), the Scottish Government revealed that – as of 12 September 2022Continue reading “MSP delighted at 31,083 young people benefiting from bus scheme”

Highlands & Islands MSP pushes for increase in payments to Ukranian hosts

Emma Roddick MSP for the Highlands & Islands has suggested that hosts taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme have their monthly payments increased as a result of the cost-of-living crisis and soaring energy bills.  Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Roddick raised the suggestion with Neil Gray MSP, Minister with Special Responsibility for UkrainianContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP pushes for increase in payments to Ukranian hosts”

Highlands & Islands MSP highlights contrast between UK and Scottish Government approaches to cost-of-living crisis

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has spoken out in the Scottish Parliament on the differences in the approach being shown by the UK and Scottish Governments in tackling the cost-of-living crisis.  Speaking in a debate on the issue, Roddick contrasted the Scottish Government’s raising of the Scottish Child Payment and deliveryContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP highlights contrast between UK and Scottish Government approaches to cost-of-living crisis”

Emma Roddick applauds South Ronaldsay in the Scottish Parliament

Orkney’s SNP MSP, Emma Roddick, has celebrated the actions of South Ronaldsay and Burray Church in providing a warm space for locals ahead of what could be a very difficult winter for many, with fuel prices expected to continue to rise over the coming months. While acknowledging that “this shouldn’t be necessary”, the MSP pointedContinue reading “Emma Roddick applauds South Ronaldsay in the Scottish Parliament”

MSP marks Victorian Market opening in Scottish Parliament

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has marked the reopening of the Victorian Market Hall, due on the 14th of September, in the Scottish Parliament, with a motion noting the award-winning status of already-announced tenants Bad Girl Bakery and the Malt Room. She said: “The refurbishment has been a long time coming, and so much has happenedContinue reading “MSP marks Victorian Market opening in Scottish Parliament”

Rent freeze announcement welcomed by Highlands & Islands MSP

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the announcement of a rent freeze and moratorium on evictions to help people through the cost crisis as part of the Scottish Government’s 2022-23 Programme for Government.  The programme, published yesterday [6th September 2022], contains details on the emergency legislation which will be called upon to introduceContinue reading “Rent freeze announcement welcomed by Highlands & Islands MSP”

Roddick supports proposed criminal justice reforms

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has spoken out in support of the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will bring forward a Criminal Justice Reform Bill which will propose the end of the ‘Not Proven’ verdict in Scots Law and include a range of measures such as protecting the anonymity of complainers in cases ofContinue reading “Roddick supports proposed criminal justice reforms”

Highlands & Islands MSP attends first in-person UHI Shetland graduation ceremony

Emma Roddick MSP was spotted in Lerwick attending UHI Shetland’s first in-person graduation ceremony. The graduation celebrated students who graduated over the pandemic and those graduating in 2022, giving the opportunity for those that didn’t have a traditional graduation ceremony to celebrate with their fellow students and loved ones. Commenting Roddick said: “I was humbledContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP attends first in-person UHI Shetland graduation ceremony”

Highlands & Islands MSP visits Nairn Academy alongside MSYP

Emma Roddick MSP and Mollie McGoran, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and MSYP for Inverness and Nairn, visited Nairn Academy to meet with the Head-Teacher, Deputy-Head Teacher, and pupils. Roddick and McGoran got the opportunity to meet with the English National 5 class and the Pupil Council to discuss how their experiences at school,Continue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP visits Nairn Academy alongside MSYP”

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP SUPPORTS UHI MERGER PROPOSAL

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has spoken out about the proposed merger of UHI North Highland, UHI Hebrides, and UHI West Highland, and urged constituents to engage with the ten-week public consultation which launched on the 8th of August. The proposal, which sees these three strands of the University of the HighlandsContinue reading HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP SUPPORTS UHI MERGER PROPOSAL