LOCAL MSP CELEBRATES MERKINCH PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS

LOCAL MSP CELEBRATES MERKINCH PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has publicly congratulated Merkinch Primary School on being named Development of the Year title at the Scottish Property Awards 2022. The school, which recently underwent a significant transformation including 14 classrooms and a new games hall took home the award onContinue reading “LOCAL MSP CELEBRATES MERKINCH PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS”

£288,207 FUNDING FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES IN ORKNEY

SNP MSP EMMA RODDICK WELCOMES NEWS INVESTMENT IN EARLY INTERVENTION AND FAMILY SUPPORT Orkney will benefit from nearly £288,207 of new investment to support people affected by drugs and alcohol including earlier intervention and better family support.  This is part of a nationwide announcement by the SNP Scottish Government. A total of 77 initiatives theContinue reading “£288,207 FUNDING FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES IN ORKNEY”

Roddick: greater funding for islands is an opportunity for economic autonomy

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has praised Scottish Government work on the Island Communities Fund, noting that it poses a real opportunity for Scotland’s islands to become more economically sustainable and self-sufficient as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Commenting, Roddick said: “This is a time of change on Scotland’s islands. While they have facedContinue reading “Roddick: greater funding for islands is an opportunity for economic autonomy”

Islands MSP nominates Orkney charity for Scottish Charity Awards

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has nominated O.R.S.A.S. for the SCVO Charity Awards in the Campaign of the Year category. Roddick visited O.R.S.A.S. in October and heard about their Peedie Birds campaign, which she described as fantastic. Roddick said: “Particularly in an area which still struggles with outdated views on stigma and how appropriateContinue reading “Islands MSP nominates Orkney charity for Scottish Charity Awards”

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”

SNP MSP welcomes free heart screening announcement; urges Shetlanders to “think about their hearts” on Valentine’s Day

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the announcement of an event providing free heart screening to all 14-35-year-olds and urged Shetlanders to register for the event when booking opens. The event, organised by Shetland Heart Screening, will take place at the Clickimin Centre in Lerwick on 11-12 June, and registration will be madeContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes free heart screening announcement; urges Shetlanders to “think about their hearts” on Valentine’s Day”

WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP calls to end stigma around homelessness

Watch the speech here . Emma Roddick MSP has today highlighted the barriers those who are experiencing homelessness currently face in Scotland. The SNP MSP voiced concerns over social isolation and access to health and social care for those experiencing homelessness. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, Roddick described homelessness as a ‘trauma’ and,Continue reading “WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP calls to end stigma around homelessness”

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”

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”

Disabled MSP disgusted at impact of Brexit on blue badge scheme

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has highlighted the impact that Brexit has had on disabled people travelling in the EU, claiming that the UK Government has made this “less accessible”. A disabled MSP herself, Roddick has first-hand knowledge about how valuable access to public transport is for disabled people and is known for pushingContinue reading “Disabled MSP disgusted at impact of Brexit on blue badge scheme”