Highlands & Islands MSP presses Government on the impact of carbon offset schemes on rural depopulation

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has told the Scottish Government that private investment in carbon schemes needs to complement, not damage, the needs of surrounding rural communities. The SNP MSP linked the schemes, which often involve rich private investors buying up land in the Highlands to sell carbon credits, to depopulation, saying that communitiesContinue reading Highlands & Islands MSP presses Government on the impact of carbon offset schemes on rural depopulation

Emma Roddick questions Scottish Government on depopulation

Emma Roddick has quizzed the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, on how her new Scottish Budget will address depopulation in the Highlands and Islands. Roddick said: “The drivers of depopulation range from infrastructure issues to wages and job opportunities, and internet connectivity to healthcare. “If we are serious about tackling depopulation in our ruralContinue reading “Emma Roddick questions Scottish Government on depopulation”