Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities

SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has expressed her delight as Shetland Islands Council is set to receive £53,000 from the Scottish Government to encourage children to play and socialise as part of the recovery from the pandemic. Councils across Scotland will receive a share of £15m to support summer activities that areContinue reading “Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities”

New Highlands and Islands MSP makes Shetland first regional visit

New MSP Emma Roddick, who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Shetland today to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic.  The three-day tour marks her first official visit since being sworn in at Holyrood. First call for Scotland’s youngestContinue reading “New Highlands and Islands MSP makes Shetland first regional visit”

WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform

In a Member’s Business Debate put forward by Neil Gray MSP on the recently-published Social Justice and Fairness Commission report, Emma Roddick argued that we “cannot rely on the goodwill of landlords”, pushing for further regulation of the private rented sector. She also pointed out that, due to Right to Buy, properties intended for affordableContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform”

WATCH: Roddick calls for end of ‘sexual infidelity’ defence to murder

One of the Scottish Parliament’s new members is calling for a change in the law to stop jealous killers literally getting away with murder. Emma Roddick MSP has called on the Scottish Government to use the opportunity presented by a Scottish Law Commission discussion paper to abolish the partial defence of ‘provocation by sexual infidelity’.Continue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for end of ‘sexual infidelity’ defence to murder”

MSP welcomes Carse investment

Following a public meeting on Thursday 3rd June, SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed progress on the Carse Hub at Muirtown Basin, Inverness. Work has already begun on the low-carbon Treehouse facility, the first phase of Scottish Canal’s Carse Hub project, which will provide space for social enterprises and community greenspace within its office developmentContinue reading “MSP welcomes Carse investment”

WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP highlights mental health in first speech

In her first speech in Parliament on 1st June 2021, Emma Roddick addressed the ongoing mental health crisis that is especially acute in the Highlands and Islands, drawing attention to the fact that loneliness and isolation are an ongoing problem in rural communities and warning that these issues cannot be ignored during the recovery period. You can watchContinue reading “WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP highlights mental health in first speech”

New MSP uses first Parliamentary motion to raise homelessness and debt issues

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her first Parliamentary motion to highlight that, while action was taken during the COVID pandemic to protect people from eviction and sudden loss of income, many were suffering before the outbreak. She has asked the Scottish Government to look into whether any extra protectionsContinue reading “New MSP uses first Parliamentary motion to raise homelessness and debt issues”

SNP MSP welcomes Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s Housing paper

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the publication of the Social Justice and Fairness Commission paper, describing its housing proposals as “groundbreaking”. The paper, published on Tuesday morning, considers many issues including the challenges rural Scotland faces in losing housing stock to second homes and holiday lets, and proposes a range ofContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s Housing paper”