Emma Roddick MSP uses first summer recess meeting to visit Highland Housing Alliance

To mark the start of her summer recess tour, Emma Roddick visited the Highland Housing Alliance to find out more about the work they’re doing to create more affordable homes in the Highlands and future projects. Following the visit, Roddick commented: “It was great to hear more about the work that the Highland Housing AllianceContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP uses first summer recess meeting to visit Highland Housing Alliance”

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for trauma training for the public sector

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called on her party to do more to ensure that public sector workers are trauma-informed, telling them that witnesses to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee have reported being re-traumatised or frightened to engage with services due to difficult experiences. She said: “A message that’s come through loud andContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for trauma training for the public sector”

“We could hold 38 referendums for the same cost as one year of mitigating Tory cuts” says SNP MSP

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has hit out at the Tories during a social care debate by highlighting the nominal cost of holding a referendum compared to the ever-increasing amount of money the Scottish Government has to spend mitigating Tory decisions like the Bedroom Tax. Responding to an intervention by the Conservative group whoContinue reading ““We could hold 38 referendums for the same cost as one year of mitigating Tory cuts” says SNP MSP”

“Social justice and climate justice go hand-in-hand” – SNP MSP visits digital exclusion project

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick visited the Libertie Project this week during the Highland Climate Festival, taking part in a family-friendly event at their premises on Denny Street which aimed to share sustainable growing and cooking skills.  The Inverness-based project, which mainly deals with digital skills and tackling digital exclusion, also got local kidsContinue reading ““Social justice and climate justice go hand-in-hand” – SNP MSP visits digital exclusion project”

Powers of independence desperately needed to curb cost-of-living crisis, says SNP MSP

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s fresh campaign for independence, highlighting the opportunities that could be presented for the Highlands and Islands. Today’s publication from the Scottish Government, the first in a series of documents, outlines how other comparable nations are wealthier, happier and fairer than Scotland currently is.Continue reading “Powers of independence desperately needed to curb cost-of-living crisis, says SNP MSP”

SNP MSP calls out Labour Party on unrealistic spending demands

Emma Roddick has challenged the Labour Party on their demand for the Scottish Government to immediately end all non-residential social care charges in Scotland, claiming it to be unrealistic. Commenting Roddick said: “I strongly believe that all health services should be free and not based on your ability to pay or where you live. RepresentingContinue reading “SNP MSP calls out Labour Party on unrealistic spending demands”

SNP MSP CONTINUES TO CALL ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

Following leading a debate last month on LGBTQI+ alcohol harm and this week attending a Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) parliamentary event, Emma Roddick has made further calls to the Scottish Government to ensure alcohol services more effectively support LGBTQ+ people. The Highlands and Islands MSP attended a Parliament event [9 JUNE] heldContinue reading SNP MSP CONTINUES TO CALL ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO EMMA RODDICK MSP WITH UPDATE ON NAIRN BYPASS             

A formal response to questioning by local SNP MSP Emma Roddick on Nairn Bypass works has been provided by Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth. The Highlands and Islands MSP recently requested the Minister set out a formal update in writing, following concern from locals that the project was in doubt.  Emma Roddick said: “It isContinue reading “SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO EMMA RODDICK MSP WITH UPDATE ON NAIRN BYPASS             “

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: WESTMINSTER ‘TAKING FOOD OUT OF KIDS’ MOUTHS’ WITH BENEFITS CLIFF EDGE

“It’s impossible to leave politics at the door on this” Social Justice and Social Security Committee member Emma Roddick MSP has condemned what she described as the UK Government’s hamstringing of the Scottish Government’s efforts to end child poverty in Scotland. The Highlands and Islands MSP pressed witnesses on the difficulties of a hybrid socialContinue reading “HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: WESTMINSTER ‘TAKING FOOD OUT OF KIDS’ MOUTHS’ WITH BENEFITS CLIFF EDGE”

SNP MSP LEADS DEBATE ON LGBTQI+ ALCOHOL HARM

“Given we are more likely to experience harm, it is vital that alcohol services are equipped to specifically support LGBTQI+ people.” SNP MSP Emma Roddick led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the LGBTQI+ community’s experience of alcohol services in Scotland. The debate was prompted by cross-party support for a motion by the HighlandsContinue reading SNP MSP LEADS DEBATE ON LGBTQI+ ALCOHOL HARM