Roddick welcomes National Care Service plans as public consultation launched

A public consultation will be launched this week to gather input from people with day-to-day experience of social care, in order to inform plans for the new National Care Service proposed by the Scottish Government. The new service aims to deliver a standard of care across the whole of Scotland, regardless of where in theContinue reading “Roddick welcomes National Care Service plans as public consultation launched”

Local MSP seeks support for 17 year olds in Scotland who are going to Uni and are not included in the 3 months until 18 vaccination criteria

Emma Roddick MSP asked the First Minister today what the options were for Scottish University students who are only 17 and not due the Covid vaccination yet. She asked, following the First Minister stating that further guidance from the JCVI was due in regards to this. Roddick asked: ‘I appreciate the information that has beenContinue reading “Local MSP seeks support for 17 year olds in Scotland who are going to Uni and are not included in the 3 months until 18 vaccination criteria”

Local MSP celebrates new Act after visiting SSPCA in Inverness

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick was delighted to be shown around the SSPCA in Inverness to meet some of the animals they are currently looking after and to talk about new legislation and the positive impact it will have on the rehoming of animals.  While at the centre, Emma learned of the various welfare concerns that the SSPCA has andContinue reading “Local MSP celebrates new Act after visiting SSPCA in Inverness”

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”