Emma Roddick MSP criticises councillors who “voted against transparency”

Highland Councillors have voted to keep local decisions secret at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday 10th March. SNP councillor Emma Roddick proposed a motion that Ward Business Meetings – forums where all the councillors representing one Highland ward regularly meet to make very local decisions – have action notes published for theContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP criticises councillors who “voted against transparency””

Emma Roddick MSP welcomes 6% increase to social security in Scotland

Emma Roddick MSP for the Highlands and Islands has welcomed the news from that social security payments issued by the Scottish Government will increase by 6% on April 1st. Subject to parliamentary approval, the Job Start Payment, Young Carer’s Grant, Funeral Support, Best Start Grant and Carer’s Allowance Supplement will increase by 6%. Families inContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP welcomes 6% increase to social security in Scotland”

Highlands and Islands MSP visits the Inverness Creative Academy

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick enjoyed an afternoon of art on Friday the 4th of March at the Inverness Creative Academy. The Inverness Creative Academy provides a stimulating working environment for artists, creative businesses, and art organisations that is affordable and accessible. This beautiful building, which has recently opened its doors to the public,Continue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP visits the Inverness Creative Academy”

Highlands & Islands MSP urges Chancellor to do more to tackle cost of living crisis

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has urged the UK Conservative Chancellor to introduce an emergency budget to support families in the face of the rising cost of living. The MSP argued that an emergency budget should include the delivery of a Real Living Wage, a reversal to the Universal Credit cutContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP urges Chancellor to do more to tackle cost of living crisis”

Roddick praises work of Crocus Group

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament which recognises the efforts of the Crocus Group in supporting children and young people living with the grief of having lost a loved one. It comes as the Crocus Group mark four years since the beginning of theirContinue reading “Roddick praises work of Crocus Group”

Roddick calls for measures to control growth in number of second homes

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has questioned the Scottish Government on when her party’s manifesto commitment to devolve powers to local authorities to manage high numbers of second homes would be progressed. Commenting on the importance of this policy, she said: “I was elected last year on the strength of an SNP manifesto which promised aContinue reading “Roddick calls for measures to control growth in number of second homes”

Roddick: Freeport plans may affect other ports; must remain under scrutiny

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, SNP MSP Emma Roddick highlighted the concerns of Scottish ports not in the running to become ‘green freeports’ under joint Scottish-UK Government plans and insisted on the importance of continuing to scrutinise the plans going forward. Commenting, Roddick said: “It is crucial that none of our ports are forgotten asContinue reading “Roddick: Freeport plans may affect other ports; must remain under scrutiny”

SNP MSP questions Scottish Government on mental health support services for rural and island communities

Emma Roddick has today raised the issue of mental health services in the Highlands and Islands by asking the Scottish Government to provide an update on the Distress Brief Intervention programme, highlighting the need for island and rural communities to have equal access to crisis services. The pilot project, which was launched in the HighlandsContinue reading “SNP MSP questions Scottish Government on mental health support services for rural and island communities”

Highlands MSP recognises rise in LGBT+ hate crime in the region

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has spoken of her concern at figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request which show that hate crimes recorded against LGBT+ people in the Highlands rose by 46% between 2020-2021.  Roddick, who is the first out MSP to represent the region in the Scottish ParliamentContinue reading “Highlands MSP recognises rise in LGBT+ hate crime in the region”

SNP MSP delighted to see Creative Academy open

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the opening of Wasps’ Inverness Creative Academy.  The former Inverness Royal Academy building on Midmills Road will now host the first creative hub in the Highlands. The Highlands and Islands MSP has highlighted the partnership working which brought the project to this stage, including money from the Highland CouncilContinue reading “SNP MSP delighted to see Creative Academy open”