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”

Roddick pleased with housing investment commitment

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed a commitment in today’s Scottish Government’s budget statement to invest £831 million into affordable housing. Roddick, Scotland’s youngest MSP, has previously said tackling the housing crisis is her “top priority”. She claims short-term lets and second homes in her region, the Highlands and Islands, are forcing up house pricesContinue reading “Roddick pleased with housing investment commitment”

Roddick slams landlord Highland councillors’ “shameful” conflict of interest

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has reacted to a Highland Council debate on a motion opposing short-term let regulation which was led by a short-term let owner, describing it as “shameful at best”. The motion at Thursday’s council meeting sought to back proposals from the Association of Scottish Self-Caterers (ASSC) to limit regulation ofContinue reading “Roddick slams landlord Highland councillors’ “shameful” conflict of interest”

Roddick backs extra funding for social housing providers in the islands

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 28th October, Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick highlighted the need for extra funding to social housing providers in Scotland’s islands to assist them in meeting new building standards introduced in the last session of parliament. Social housing providers are now required to supply sprinkler systems to allContinue reading “Roddick backs extra funding for social housing providers in the islands”

Emma Roddick MSP calls for unheard voices to speak out on short term lets consultation

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick is calling for everyone affected by the lack of affordable housing in their communities to speak out on the issues they are facing in finding decent affordable housing in the areas they live and work in. The MSP has claimed oversaturation short-term lets is linked to the housing crisis, withContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP calls for unheard voices to speak out on short term lets consultation”

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””

MSP marks Poverty Week with surgery tour – “you will be met with understanding”

Emma Roddick MSP is marking Challenge Poverty Week 2021, which is taking place between 4th – 10th October, by holding three surgeries around the Moray Firth area during the event. The first two will be held on Friday 8th, with Emma stationed in Nairn Community Centre from 09:30 – 11:30 and then Merkinch Community CentreContinue reading “MSP marks Poverty Week with surgery tour – “you will be met with understanding””

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 is 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”