Roddick slams landlord Highland councillors’ “shameful” conflict of interest

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has reacted to a Highland Council debate on a motion opposing short-term let regulation which was led by a short-term let owner, describing it as “shameful at best”. The motion at Thursday’s council meeting sought to back proposals from the Association of Scottish Self-Caterers (ASSC) to limit regulation ofContinue reading “Roddick slams landlord Highland councillors’ “shameful” conflict of interest”

Roddick backs extra funding for social housing providers in the islands

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 28th October, Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick highlighted the need for extra funding to social housing providers in Scotland’s islands to assist them in meeting new building standards introduced in the last session of parliament. Social housing providers are now required to supply sprinkler systems to allContinue reading “Roddick backs extra funding for social housing providers in the islands”

“UK budget leaves the Highlands and Islands short-changed and families worse-off”, says MSP

SNP MSP Emma Roddick today slammed the UK Government budget, criticising it as “an act of class warfare on the side of the rich.” The budget, described by the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as “actually awful” for living standards, was panned by the Highlands and Islands MSP, citing its failures to tackleContinue reading ““UK budget leaves the Highlands and Islands short-changed and families worse-off”, says MSP”

Roddick backs calls allowing first responders to drive in emergency situations

Highlands and Islands MSP and former ambulance service employee Emma Roddick has again spoken in support of Community First Responders being utilised fully and authorised to drive in ‘blue-light’ emergency situations. This is following military personnel being drafted since September to aid in driving ambulances amid what is being described as a “crisis” for the ScottishContinue reading “Roddick backs calls allowing first responders to drive in emergency situations”

Roddick urges defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database

Emma Roddick MSP is calling for tens of thousands of defibrillator owners to register their device on a new national database, called The Circuit, which could help save thousands of lives from cardiac arrests across the UK.  The Circuit campaign has been launched this week [week commencing: Mon 25th October] by the British Heart Foundation,Continue reading “Roddick urges defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database”

Emma Roddick MSP “delighted” with positive developments regarding the future of Highland and Islands airports

Emma Roddick MSP is pleased with the announcement made today, the 25th of October, regarding a ‘Framework for discussion’ being reached in the Highlands and Islands air traffic control dispute. Roddick said: “I am delighted to hear that Prospect and HIAL have been able to come to an agreement regarding the future of the airportsContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP “delighted” with positive developments regarding the future of Highland and Islands airports”

Emma Roddick MSP reacts to prison overdoses tripling in five years

Emma Roddick MSP has expressed grave concerns over troubling information, regarding ambulance calls to prison overdoses tripling in five years. The figures released by the Scottish Ambulance Service show that between 62 and 89 calls were made in 2020-2021 and that this is up from 24 to 33 calls in 2016/17. Roddick has reacted: “TheContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP reacts to prison overdoses tripling in five years”

Emma Roddick MSP shows her support to community food projects

Emma Roddick spent Tuesday the 19th of October visiting 6 different community groups in the Inverness area who all share a keen focus on food poverty, support, and helping others. These groups were: Food for Families, Café 1668, Crown & City Community Cupboard, Inverness Food Stuff, GoodNESS Community Fridge, and Incredible Edible Inverness. Speaking followingContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP shows her support to community food projects”

Emma Roddick MSP for Highlands and Islands ‘frustrated’ by proposed changes to Scotland’s electoral map

Emma Roddick has expressed grave concerns due to current discussions regarding the proposed alterations to Scotland’s electoral map which would see troubling changes made to the Highland area. These talks are ongoing via consultation, public hearings, and MP debate. The suggested changes would mean a major shift for constituents in many areas across Scotland includingContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP for Highlands and Islands ‘frustrated’ by proposed changes to Scotland’s electoral map”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “organisations could learn a lot” from Anchor

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands has stated that organisations “could learn a lot” from Anchor – Shetland Islands Council’s pioneering family support service. Roddick met yesterday with the organisation which provides support to families facing difficult situations, helping them to navigate their struggles before reaching crisis point by providing advice, food packagesContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “organisations could learn a lot” from Anchor”