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.
“I am delighted to hear that Prospect and HIAL have been able to come to an agreement regarding the future of the airports of the Highlands and Islands that respects the central role these airports play in the livelihoods of many people across the region.
“I have been urging HIAL since the start to listen to the concerns of its employees in their drive for modernisation and I am heartened to see this significant development in reaching a solution that guarantees no jobs are lost across our islands.”
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:
“The rise in prison overdoses is deeply concerning.
“Scotland has unacceptably high numbers of annual drug-related deaths and we have to consider all routes to tackling this issue.
“Last week I visited an organisation in the Shetland Isles called Dogs Against Drugs.
“There I discussed not only detection of drugs entering the Isles and reaching vulnerable members of the community but also the importance of looking at the underlying issues of trauma, poverty, adversity, and lack of support and understanding.
“These factors are key to tackling the core issues, the removal of stigma, and are imperative in helping people to heal and regain a better quality of life.
“I believe we must ensure we do everything possible to prevent further suffering and find the best way to look at the surrounding health and social issues involved with drug misuse”.
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 including dramatic changes to the Highland region.
The current set of Westminster boundaries have been in place since 2005 when Scotland dropped from 72 constituencies down to 59.
Speaking on this subject, Roddick says:
“These current proposals are crude and do not consider, or have any added benefit, to what is best for many areas including the Highlands.
“The Lib Dems can’t absolve themselves of any blame given the rules they introduced are what forced the monstrosities that are Highland North, Highland Central, and Highland East and Elgin into being.
“When you put arbitrary limits on geography and electorate above communities and logic with no regard for areas like the Highlands, this is the result.
“My hope is that the Highlands never have to elect parliamentarians on these ridiculous boundaries because Scotland will be independent by the time they’re introduced”.
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 packages and clothing.
Voluntary Action Shetland, who Roddick also met, are being included as the third sector representatives in Anchor’s work, helping to provide well-rounded support to struggling families.
Discussing the meeting, Roddick said:
“I was heartened to hear about the incredible work Anchor do to support families in the Shetland Isles.
“Early years intervention is crucial to forming healthy familial relationships, addressing challenging behaviour and promoting emotional management before it reaches crisis point.
“Especially during the pandemic, families have been facing an unprecedented strain on finances and relationships. The work of Anchor in providing emotional and practical support to struggling families is truly invaluable.
“It was really great to hear some success stories coming out of the pandemic. Amidst all the pain and loss, I’m glad to see some progress in breaking down the stigma surrounding social security and third sector involvement.
“I believe that organisations throughout the region could learn a lot from Anchor, Voluntary Action Shetland and Shetland Islands Council’s work, and I will take forward the knowledge they’ve shared with me as a member of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament.”
Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick was pleased with the announcement made today by the Scottish Government regarding the £2 million Island Communities Fund. Twenty-nine successful community groups and businesses across twenty-three islands have been awarded grants of up to £150,000 each. This fund is managed by Inspiring Scotland and comes from the £9.5 million committed to the Islands Programme for 2021/22.
Roddick highlighted the importance of supporting island communities and projects with a core emphasis on developing sustainable economic activities on the islands.
“I am delighted that so many of our beautiful islands will benefit from this funding which has a keen focus on creating resilient and sustainable projects, with many also having a net-zero theme.
“Shetland will receive £399,308.74 of funding for six fantastic projects.
“One of which includes the installation of a range of spinning mills to allow full processing of fleece into yarn on Foula, which will use electricity from Foula’s off-grid renewable network.
“Empowering our islands to continue to flourish and stay sustainable is very important to me in my time as an MSP. I feel very encouraged by the news of funds to support island communities and I look forward to seeing how all of these brilliant projects progress”.
Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has advised that she is keeping endometriosis on her agenda following a meeting with Kirsteen Campbell from Endometriosis UK North Highland branch.
Roddick, who has spoken in the past about the need for better diagnosis times and treatment for endometriosis, said that improving access to medical care continues to be a focus for her, particularly in rural areas.
Following the meeting, Roddick said:
“It was great to meet with Kirsteen to talk about the barriers women face when trying to access diagnosis and treatment for endometriosis in Caithness and Sutherland.
“It is well known that there are significant barriers to women’s healthcare, and endometriosis, which affects roughly 10% of women, is notoriously one of the most difficult conditions to have investigated, diagnosed and treated.
“There is a clear inconsistency in support and care for sufferers in the region – something I am dedicated to improving.
Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick visited Orkney Harbour Authority yesterday to discuss their Masterplan for Scapa Flow. The plan details their vision for a new multi-user deep-water pier and quayside facility at Scapa Flow, with the end goal of delivering a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and also a large-scale, wind-powered hydrogen production facility in Flotta.
Discussing the visit, Roddick said:
“I was so impressed to hear of the unique opportunities that Scapa Flow presents, it is the only area of its type in Scotland, and the scope for development is almost endless.
“The Orkney Harbour Authority had such refreshing new ideas to continue developing Orkney as a destination for clean energy.
“It was also great to hear that countries around the world are interested in working with OHA on their ambitious plans. I look forward to seeing the future of these exciting developments and what they mean for the people of Orkney.”