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”

Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality

SNP MSP Emma Roddick raised in Parliament last week the high transmission charges faced by renewable energy developers in Scotland compared to other areas in the UK, where their equivalents are paid to join, questioning the Government on whether this could harm the SNP’s goal of supporting at least three of Scotland’s islands to becomeContinue reading “Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality”

Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has said she will continue to push for The Scottish Government to include inter-islands ferry fares in the new free bus travel scheme for under-22s. Roddick is clear in her view that young people should not be disadvantaged in accessing education and work opportunities as aContinue reading “Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme”

Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has raised the plight of endometriosis sufferers in the Highlands in the Scottish Parliament, claiming the isolation felt by those with the diagnosis is “intensified” when they live far from hospitals able to treat it. Speaking in today’s debate, she said: “Endometriosis often has a devastatinglyContinue reading “Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns”

Roddick praises fairer assessment process for Scottish benefits

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has highlighted the positive changes implemented by the Scottish Government to the assessment process for Adult Disability Payment, which will replace the Personal Independence Payment for Scottish claimants in Spring 2022. Commenting, Roddick said: “It is universally acknowledged by key stakeholders, such as Scottish Association for Mental Health,Continue reading “Roddick praises fairer assessment process for Scottish benefits”

Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands

Local MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed record investment in Scotland’s NHS, including £57 million for NHS Shetland and £57.1 million for NHS Orkney. The Scottish Government Budget confirmed £18 billion for Health and Social Care, including £12.9 billion for health boards through the pandemic and to accelerate the recovery of vital services.  The Budget alsoContinue reading “Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands”

WATCH: SNP MSP Emma Roddick hits out at “insincere” Tories

Watch the intervention here. SNP MSP Emma Roddick has hit back at a Tory intervention on her speech in support of the Scotland Loves Local Fund, describing them as “insincere”. Conservative MSP Douglas Lumsden intervened on her speech to claim that the Scottish Government had been there too long and wasn’t doing enough to supportContinue reading “WATCH: SNP MSP Emma Roddick hits out at “insincere” Tories”

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for more support for Patient Transport Service

On Wednesday 15th December, 2021, SNP MSP Emma Roddick voiced her support for the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Patient Transport Service and urged the Scottish Government to do more to foster their work helping patients with mobility needs in rural areas. Commenting, Roddick said: “The Patient Transport Service has done fantastic work in recent years supportingContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for more support for Patient Transport Service”

SNP MSP welcomes progress on plans for a replacement Gilbert Bain Hospital

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the progress on plans, announced on Tuesday, for a new £125m NHS Shetland Hospital. The Gilbert Bain Hospital is expected to be built within the next five years and to include 100 residential units, a helipad and carbon net-zero designs. This comes after an influx of callsContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes progress on plans for a replacement Gilbert Bain Hospital”

MSP encourages people to apply for vital welfare support

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed her delight in regards to vital funding support that will be available in next year’s Scottish Budget, including the Welfare Fund and the Discretionary Housing Payment. This is a part of the 2022-2023 Scottish Government Annual Budget announcement and includes ambitious plans to be implemented to makeContinue reading “MSP encourages people to apply for vital welfare support”