WATCH: Roddick asks Scottish Government about undoing Right to Buy “damage”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government what work they are doing to support councils to buy back homes sold off under Right to Buy. Cabinet Secretary Shona Robinson confirmed that local authorities are encouraged to buy back ex-council properties in order to help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis. Roddick commented: “WeContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick asks Scottish Government about undoing Right to Buy “damage””

Roddick tells Scottish Government that over-provision of short-term lets is “devastating” Highlands and Islands

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has raised concerns with the Scottish Government that short-term lets are “devastating” housing stock in the region. Speaking on Thursday morning, Roddick said: “The high density of short-term let properties are having a devastating effect on the availability of housing in the Highlands and Islands. “The number of holidayContinue reading “Roddick tells Scottish Government that over-provision of short-term lets is “devastating” Highlands and Islands”

WATCH: “Homelessness shouldn’t be a fact of life” says Emma Roddick MSP

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick spoke in Parliament yesterday in support of the Scottish Government’s commitment to preventing homelessness. Roddick stated: “I am heartened by the Scottish Government’s commitment to preventing homelessness. Homelessness shouldn’t simply be a fact of life in twenty-first century Scotland. “Homelessness is a symptom of many things and is inextricably linkedContinue reading “WATCH: “Homelessness shouldn’t be a fact of life” says Emma Roddick MSP”

WATCH: Roddick slams “hypocritical” Tories on poverty

MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has slammed the Scottish Conservatives for what she described as their “hypocritical” stance on social security. During her speech, in which she discussed her own experience of homelessness and welcomed the Scottish Government’s proposed prevention measures, a Conservative member intervened to ask why the Scottish Government wasContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick slams “hypocritical” Tories on poverty”

MSP says short-term let regulation “vital” to tackling housing crisis

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has claimed short-term let regulation is “vital” to tackling the housing crisis in the Highlands and Islands. Short-term lets have been an area of discussion in Scotland for a while, with the effects being magnified by the Coronavirus pandemic. The increase of individuals ‘holidaying at home’ has been exponential and hasContinue reading “MSP says short-term let regulation “vital” to tackling housing crisis”

WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform

In a Member’s Business Debate put forward by Neil Gray MSP on the recently-published Social Justice and Fairness Commission report, Emma Roddick argued that we “cannot rely on the goodwill of landlords”, pushing for further regulation of the private rented sector. She also pointed out that, due to Right to Buy, properties intended for affordableContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform”

New MSP uses first Parliamentary motion to raise homelessness and debt issues

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her first Parliamentary motion to highlight that, while action was taken during the COVID pandemic to protect people from eviction and sudden loss of income, many were suffering before the outbreak. She has asked the Scottish Government to look into whether any extra protectionsContinue reading “New MSP uses first Parliamentary motion to raise homelessness and debt issues”

SNP MSP welcomes Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s Housing paper

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the publication of the Social Justice and Fairness Commission paper, describing its housing proposals as “groundbreaking”. The paper, published on Tuesday morning, considers many issues including the challenges rural Scotland faces in losing housing stock to second homes and holiday lets, and proposes a range ofContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s Housing paper”