Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has raised in Parliament the high transmission charges faced by renewable energy developers in Scotland compared to other areas in the UK, where their equivalents are paid to join, questioning whether this could harm the SNP’s goal of supporting at least three of Scotland’s islands to become fully carbon-neutral by 2040.Continue reading “Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality”

Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality

SNP MSP Emma Roddick raised in Parliament last week the high transmission charges faced by renewable energy developers in Scotland compared to other areas in the UK, where their equivalents are paid to join, questioning the Government on whether this could harm the SNP’s goal of supporting at least three of Scotland’s islands to becomeContinue reading “Isles MSP raises transmission charge inequality”

Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has said she will continue to push for The Scottish Government to include inter-islands ferry fares in the new free bus travel scheme for under-22s. Roddick is clear in her view that young people should not be disadvantaged in accessing education and work opportunities as aContinue reading “Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme”

Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her column in the Highland News & Media Group to talk candidly about her own mental health experiences. As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Mental Health, Roddick is particularly interested in what support can be provided to those who areContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises”

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”

Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands

Local MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed record investment in Scotland’s NHS, including £57 million for NHS Shetland and £57.1 million for NHS Orkney. The Scottish Government Budget confirmed £18 billion for Health and Social Care, including £12.9 billion for health boards through the pandemic and to accelerate the recovery of vital services.  The Budget alsoContinue reading “Local MSP Emma Roddick welcomes record health investment in islands”

SNP MSP welcomes progress on plans for a replacement Gilbert Bain Hospital

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the progress on plans, announced on Tuesday, for a new £125m NHS Shetland Hospital. The Gilbert Bain Hospital is expected to be built within the next five years and to include 100 residential units, a helipad and carbon net-zero designs. This comes after an influx of callsContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes progress on plans for a replacement Gilbert Bain Hospital”

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”