Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has raised the plight of endometriosis sufferers in the Highlands in the Scottish Parliament, claiming the isolation felt by those with the diagnosis is “intensified” when they live far from hospitals able to treat it. Speaking in today’s debate, she said: “Endometriosis often has a devastatinglyContinue reading “Highlands MSP presses government on women’s health concerns”

Roddick welcomes launch of free bus travel scheme for under 22’s

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the opening of the application process for the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme. From today, all young people and children aged 5 to 21 are entitled to apply for their new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC to free bus travel acrossContinue reading “Roddick welcomes launch of free bus travel scheme for under 22’s”

MSP encourages people to apply for vital welfare support

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed her delight in regards to vital funding support that will be available in next year’s Scottish Budget, including the Welfare Fund and the Discretionary Housing Payment. This is a part of the 2022-2023 Scottish Government Annual Budget announcement and includes ambitious plans to be implemented to makeContinue reading “MSP encourages people to apply for vital welfare support”

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”

SNP MSP urges constituents to respond to National Planning Framework consultation

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has urged residents of the Highlands and Islands to respond to the ongoing consultation on the fourth iteration of the National Planning Framework, which will set out Scotland’s development and infrastructure needs up to the year 2045. Commenting, Roddick said: “People only tend to object to or express support for proposedContinue reading “SNP MSP urges constituents to respond to National Planning Framework consultation”

MSP welcomes £20,000 funding boost for Inverness and surrounding area

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP, Emma Roddick, has welcomed the announcement that projects in Inverness and its environs will receive £20,000 from the first round of grants from the Scotland Loves Local Fund. The funding, announced this week, is supporting over 100 organisations, who will receive a share of the £1.5 million funding boost toContinue reading “MSP welcomes £20,000 funding boost for Inverness and surrounding area”

Emma Roddick MSP promotes freight transport by rail

Emma Roddick MSP has emphasised the importance of promoting freight by rail in parliament today, questioning the Scottish Government on whether this had been fully considered in the development of the second phase of Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (STPR2) which determines which transport projects in Scotland will be prioritised for funding. Roddick has beenContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP promotes freight transport by rail”

WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first”

Speaking in a parliamentary debate on addressing issues with take-up of social security benefits, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of a number of organisations across the Highlands and Islands that are working to end food poverty and noted the importance of person-centred, humane approaches in the Scottish Government’s benefit take-up strategy. Roddick said: “AsContinue reading “WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first””

Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature

Emma Roddick MSP visited Migdale and Ledmore woods this week to chat to Woodland Trust workers about upcoming changes to legislation and their plans to introduce capercaillie to the woods. Roddick, who is the Scottish Environment LINK “Capercaillie Champion”, said: “It was great to get out in the fresh air and talk to the WoodlandContinue reading “Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature”