“POWERS OF INDEPENDENCE DESPERATELY NEEDED TO CURB COST OF LIVING CRISIS” SAYS HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s fresh campaign for independence, highlighting the opportunities that could be presented for the Highlands and Islands. Today’s publication from the Scottish Government, the first in a series of documents, outlines how other comparable nations are wealthier, happier and fairer than Scotland currently is.Continue reading ““POWERS OF INDEPENDENCE DESPERATELY NEEDED TO CURB COST OF LIVING CRISIS” SAYS HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP”

SNP MSP CALLS OUT LABOUR PARTY ON ‘UNREALISTIC’ SOCIAL CARE SPENDING DEMANDS

Emma Roddick has challenged the Labour Party on their demand for the Scottish Government to immediately end all non-residential social care charges in Scotland, claiming it to be unrealistic. Commenting Roddick said: “I strongly believe that all health services should be free and not based on your ability to pay or where you live. RepresentingContinue reading “SNP MSP CALLS OUT LABOUR PARTY ON ‘UNREALISTIC’ SOCIAL CARE SPENDING DEMANDS”

SNP MSP CONTINUES TO CALL ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

Following leading a debate last month on LGBTQI+ alcohol harm and this week attending a Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) parliamentary event, Emma Roddick has made further calls to the Scottish Government to ensure alcohol services more effectively support LGBTQ+ people. The Highlands and Islands MSP attended a Parliament event [9 JUNE] heldContinue reading SNP MSP CONTINUES TO CALL ON SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE ALCOHOL-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY

£161,630 SPENT IN ORKNEY PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX

£161,630 has been spent this year in Orkney mitigating cruel Tory cuts including the disgraceful bedroom tax. In 2021/22 £161,630 was provided by the SNP Scottish Government in Discretionary Housing Payments to protect families from cuts, with £137,413 spent mitigating the impact of the cruel Tory bedroom tax in Orkney. Across Scotland £82million has beenContinue reading “£161,630 SPENT IN ORKNEY PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX”

SNP MSP WARNS OVER ‘ASTRONOMICAL’ COST OF LIVING FOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN MOVE TOWARDS NET-ZERO

Emma Roddick has today highlighted the need to find balance in achieving net-zero whilst also not pushing island communities further into fuel poverty.  The Highlands and Islands MSP expressed her support for Scottish Government plans to achieve carbon-neutral status in the Isles whilst also sharing concerns on how this could be achieved fairly. Commenting sheContinue reading “SNP MSP WARNS OVER ‘ASTRONOMICAL’ COST OF LIVING FOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN MOVE TOWARDS NET-ZERO”

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: WESTMINSTER ‘TAKING FOOD OUT OF KIDS’ MOUTHS’ WITH BENEFITS CLIFF EDGE

“It’s impossible to leave politics at the door on this” Social Justice and Social Security Committee member Emma Roddick MSP has condemned what she described as the UK Government’s hamstringing of the Scottish Government’s efforts to end child poverty in Scotland. The Highlands and Islands MSP pressed witnesses on the difficulties of a hybrid socialContinue reading “HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: WESTMINSTER ‘TAKING FOOD OUT OF KIDS’ MOUTHS’ WITH BENEFITS CLIFF EDGE”

SNP MSP LEADS DEBATE ON LGBTQI+ ALCOHOL HARM

“Given we are more likely to experience harm, it is vital that alcohol services are equipped to specifically support LGBTQI+ people.” SNP MSP Emma Roddick led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the LGBTQI+ community’s experience of alcohol services in Scotland. The debate was prompted by cross-party support for a motion by the HighlandsContinue reading SNP MSP LEADS DEBATE ON LGBTQI+ ALCOHOL HARM

SNP MSP WELCOMES NEWS OF VACCINATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR NAIRN

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick, who has previously raised concern over the decision to move the Nairn booster vaccination programme to Inverness has today been assured by NHS Highland that some clinics will still take place in Nairn. Roddick commented: “It is my understanding that those who have been invited for their Spring boostersContinue reading “SNP MSP WELCOMES NEWS OF VACCINATION CLINICS PLANNED FOR NAIRN”

“STOP THE WORLD, SCOTLAND HAS IDEAS, AND YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO HEAR THEM” SAYS SNP MSP

“This is not just leadership of a government and a party, but global leadership. I am delighted to see the work that is going on internationally off our own back, sharing best practices, like the Baby Box, and promoting human rights across the globe. We don’t just have a presence on the world stage, butContinue reading ““STOP THE WORLD, SCOTLAND HAS IDEAS, AND YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO HEAR THEM” SAYS SNP MSP”

SNP MSP JOINS NAIRN COMMUNITY IN TREE PLANTING EFFORT

Emma Roddick MSP recently grabbed a shovel and went out to plant fruit trees with local volunteers at the Cemetery Brae Community Orchard in Nairn. The local community has been involved in the project, which the SNP representative described as “wholesome”, to plant a great variety of fruit trees in the area. Roddick said: “ItContinue reading “SNP MSP JOINS NAIRN COMMUNITY IN TREE PLANTING EFFORT”