SNP MSP TO CAMPAIGN FOR SHETLAND CANDIDATES

Emma Roddick MSP will visit the isles this week to campaign for local SNP candidates Robbie MacGregor, Shetland South, and Zara Pennington, Shetland West.  She said: “I am really looking forward to getting out on the doors to speak to people and help get our two amazing candidates elected to the Shetland Islands Council inContinue reading SNP MSP TO CAMPAIGN FOR SHETLAND CANDIDATES

HIGHLANDS MSP RAISES ISSUES SURROUNDING DISABILITY BENEFITS TRANSFER

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has raised points to the Minister for Social Security on current plans to transfer some of those receiving the Disability Living Allowance to the Adult Disability Payment scheme. The transfer, which is set to be completed by 2025 will see around 44,000 people switch to ADP starting this summer. In Thursday’sContinue reading “HIGHLANDS MSP RAISES ISSUES SURROUNDING DISABILITY BENEFITS TRANSFER”

LOCAL MSP CELEBRATES MERKINCH PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS

LOCAL MSP CELEBRATES MERKINCH PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has publicly congratulated Merkinch Primary School on being named Development of the Year title at the Scottish Property Awards 2022. The school, which recently underwent a significant transformation including 14 classrooms and a new games hall took home the award onContinue reading “LOCAL MSP CELEBRATES MERKINCH PRIMARY SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SUCCESS”

£288,207 FUNDING FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES IN ORKNEY

SNP MSP EMMA RODDICK WELCOMES NEWS INVESTMENT IN EARLY INTERVENTION AND FAMILY SUPPORT Orkney will benefit from nearly £288,207 of new investment to support people affected by drugs and alcohol including earlier intervention and better family support.  This is part of a nationwide announcement by the SNP Scottish Government. A total of 77 initiatives theContinue reading “£288,207 FUNDING FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES IN ORKNEY”

EMMA RODDICK MSP: DWP REFUSAL TO SHARE SANCTIONS DATA “FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST”

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday [31ST MARCH], Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick backed the call by a cross-party group of MSPs on the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions to share anonymised data on benefits sanctions with a team of University of Glasgow-based researchers. Roddick, who herself has experience of livingContinue reading “EMMA RODDICK MSP: DWP REFUSAL TO SHARE SANCTIONS DATA “FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST””

SNP MSP CALLS FOR HIGHLAND-BASED CRISIS CENTRE TO “BRIDGE GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick praised the mental health support work developed by Penumbra at their Edinburgh Crisis Centre and called for a similar model to be rolled out across the country, including in the Highlands and Islands. The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and providesContinue reading “SNP MSP CALLS FOR HIGHLAND-BASED CRISIS CENTRE TO “BRIDGE GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES””

RODDICK ON OSCARS GIFT BAG SCANDAL: “OUR LAND IS NOT A COMMODITY AND NOT A JOKE”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has weighed in on the recent land ownership scandal surrounding the “Everyone Wins” gift bags for top nominees at the Academy Awards, where recipients were given informal certificates from Highland Titles Ltd claiming they are now ‘lords’ and ‘ladies of Glencoe’ and granting them ownership of 1 square footContinue reading RODDICK ON OSCARS GIFT BAG SCANDAL: “OUR LAND IS NOT A COMMODITY AND NOT A JOKE”

SNP MSP OPENS HOLYROOD EVENT ON TRANSFORMATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH IN HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

On Thursday [24TH MARCH], speaking at a briefing for MSPs on globally significant energy research in the Highlands and Islands, SNP MSP Emma Roddick said that ‘people are screaming out across the world for the lessons that only the Highlands and Islands is ready and able to teach’ and emphasised the importance of researching theContinue reading “SNP MSP OPENS HOLYROOD EVENT ON TRANSFORMATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH IN HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS”

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND NUS SCOTLAND STUDENT HOUSING CAMPAIGN

SNP MSP Emma Roddick, attending a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in support of the Fix Student Housing campaign on Wednesday [23RD MARCH], expressed her support for the campaign’s aims and pledged to work to end substandard housing conditions experienced by Scotland’s students. The campaign, organised by the National Union of Students, seeks to increaseContinue reading “HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND NUS SCOTLAND STUDENT HOUSING CAMPAIGN”

SNP MSP WELCOMES MOVE TO HELP UKRAINIANS SEEKING REFUGE IN SCOTLAND

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the passing of emergency regulations from the Scottish Government which will ensure that Ukrainian refugees brought to the UK won’t face extra barriers when claiming social security they are entitled to. The decision to make the change passed without opposition in the Parliament this evening, and willContinue reading SNP MSP WELCOMES MOVE TO HELP UKRAINIANS SEEKING REFUGE IN SCOTLAND