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”

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 criticises Tory Bedroom Tax and “remarkable” low spend on UK housing support

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has criticised the UK Government’s spend on Discretionary Housing Payments, highlighting that the total spend in England and Wales is only slightly more than what is spent in Scotland, where it is estimated over £71 million is being spent annually to mitigate the Tories’ Bedroom Tax. The SNP MSPContinue reading “SNP MSP criticises Tory Bedroom Tax and “remarkable” low spend on UK housing support”

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”

WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP calls to end stigma around homelessness

Watch the speech here . Emma Roddick MSP has today highlighted the barriers those who are experiencing homelessness currently face in Scotland. The SNP MSP voiced concerns over social isolation and access to health and social care for those experiencing homelessness. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, Roddick described homelessness as a ‘trauma’ and,Continue reading “WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP calls to end stigma around homelessness”

MSP highlights the link between homelessness and short-term lets in the Highlands and Islands

Emma Roddick MSP has today voiced her concerns over high levels of homelessness in the Highlands and Islands, particularly Skye, where young people are most likely to experience homelessness in the Highland Council area. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament debate on Wednesday, the SNP MSP opened up about her own experience of homelessness describing itContinue reading “MSP highlights the link between homelessness and short-term lets in the Highlands and Islands”

Emma Roddick secures commitment to review short-term lets situation

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has received a commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Shona Robison, to revisit the issue of tackling the increasing numbers of short-term lets next year.  This move follows the removal of a power for local authorities to refuse new licensing due to overprovision from the Scottish Government’s new Short-term LetsContinue reading “Emma Roddick secures commitment to review short-term lets situation”

MSP calls for more to be done to tackle housing crisis

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has told the Scottish Government that the housing crisis cannot be solved by housebuilding alone, calling for ministers to work across portfolios to help people in the Highlands who are struggling to find an affordable place to live. She highlighted the loss of properties which could be usedContinue reading “MSP calls for more to be done to tackle housing crisis”

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”