Emma Roddick MSP speaks child poverty and parental employment in Uist as part of committee inquiry

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has been out and about in Uist speaking to several local organisations, parents, and employers with colleagues from the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee as part of its Poverty and Parental Employment Inquiry. Ms Roddick, Deputy Convenor of the Committee, delivered an introduction on the firstContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP speaks child poverty and parental employment in Uist as part of committee inquiry”

Highlands & Islands MSP emphasises the importance of informed patient choice in surgical mesh treatment

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has stressed the importance of informed patient choice when considering the use of surgical mesh treatment. Contributing to a debate on a public petition which called for suspending the use of surgical mesh and fixation devices, Ms Roddick praised the work of surgical mesh petitioners, expressing thatContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP emphasises the importance of informed patient choice in surgical mesh treatment”

Emma Roddick MSP welcomes Scottish Government efforts to ensure performing arts accessibility for children of all backgrounds

After sharing her own love of music in the Scottish Parliament chamber, Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has received a commitment from the Minister for Culture to ensure children from all backgrounds across Scotland have the opportunity to get involved in theatre and music. Ms Roddick pressed the Minister for Culture, Europe and InternationalContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP welcomes Scottish Government efforts to ensure performing arts accessibility for children of all backgrounds”

“Today is a small change but a big step” Emma Roddick MSP welcomes the passing of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has celebrated the passing of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, after being one of the final speakers on the legislation following three days of deliberations. Speaking at the end of the Stage 3 debate, Ms Roddick told colleagues the debate had planted unwarranted fear, both amongst the transContinue reading ““Today is a small change but a big step” Emma Roddick MSP welcomes the passing of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill”

“Being disabled can be a strength, and we should be able to celebrate that” Emma Roddick MSP welcomes UNISON’s Year of Disabled Workers and calls for workplaces to improve accessibility for disabled workers.

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed UNISON’s Year of Disabled Workers 2022, stating the importance of promoting the social model of disability and highlighting the benefits of inclusivity in the workplace. Speaking in the parliament chamber, Ms Roddick said that disabled people must be encouraged to self-identify as such and called for moreContinue reading ““Being disabled can be a strength, and we should be able to celebrate that” Emma Roddick MSP welcomes UNISON’s Year of Disabled Workers and calls for workplaces to improve accessibility for disabled workers.”

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick welcomes £20 million to extend Fuel Insecurity Fund

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has welcomed news that £20 million will be allocated to extend the Scottish Government’s Fuel Insecurity Fund during today’s [Thursday 15 December] 2023/24 Scottish Budget statement. During his statement, Deputy First Minister and acting Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, highlighted the need to make use ofContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick welcomes £20 million to extend Fuel Insecurity Fund”

Highlands & Islands MSP says Winter Heating Payment must go further than Cold Weather Payments to protect rural and island communities from fuel poverty.

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has questioned the adequacy of the UK’s social security system, highlighting that Cold Weather Payments have failed to deliver for communities with the highest levels of fuel poverty. During a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee, Deputy Convener Ms Roddick pointed out that areasContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP says Winter Heating Payment must go further than Cold Weather Payments to protect rural and island communities from fuel poverty.”

Emma Roddick MSP says the L’Arche community is transforming lives in the region.

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick recently visited staff, volunteers, and service users at L’Arche Highland. Ms Roddick visited two of the charity’s shared homes which each provide supported accommodation to up to seven adults with disabilities, and chatted to service users at the four workshops which give people with learning disabilities the chance toContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP says the L’Arche community is transforming lives in the region.”

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick welcomes additional support for island communities

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the launch of a £1.4 million Islands Cost Crisis Emergency Fund, stating that the extra support will be a lifeline for many islanders in the coming months. The emergency fund, which was announced by the Scottish Government in early November as part of the 2022/23 Emergency BudgetContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick welcomes additional support for island communities”