Emma Roddick welcomes ‘Island Community Funds’ for Shetland; supporting local projects

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick was pleased with the announcement made today by the Scottish Government regarding the £2 million Island Communities Fund. Twenty-nine successful community groups and businesses across twenty-three islands have been awarded grants of up to £150,000 each. This fund is managed by Inspiring Scotland and comes from the £9.5 millionContinue reading “Emma Roddick welcomes ‘Island Community Funds’ for Shetland; supporting local projects”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “keeping endometriosis on agenda”

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has advised that she is keeping endometriosis on her agenda following a meeting with Kirsteen Campbell from Endometriosis UK North Highland branch. Roddick, who has spoken in the past about the need for better diagnosis times and treatment for endometriosis, said that improving access to medical careContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “keeping endometriosis on agenda””

WATCH: Emma Roddick takes aim at ‘green lairds’

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick today spoke out against big businesses purchasing land to offset their carbon emissions, who she claims “lack self-awareness”, while pointing out the need for further land reform in Scotland. She also raised the need for those proposing “rewilding” projects to understand the social context of why the Highlands areContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick takes aim at ‘green lairds’”

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””

WATCH: Emma Roddick MSP speaks out against Tory-led Universal Credit cuts

The SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands challenged the UK Government in a Scottish Parliament debate today, describing plans to end the £20 Universal Credit uplift as “as ridiculous as it is morally reprehensible.” The Universal Credit uplift was introduced six months ago in response to rising household bills and formed a vital lifelineContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick MSP speaks out against Tory-led Universal Credit cuts”

Meetings with organisations

When groups lobby MSPs, Ministers, Civil Servants, Special Advisers or Law Officers, they should submit a return to the Lobbying Register. Entries can be searched at: https://lobbying.scot/SPS/LobbyingRegister/SearchLobbyingRegister However, many meetings do not meet the criteria for lobbying, and MSPs cannot submit their own entries, meaning their Lobbying Register may seem incomplete. During the first fewContinue reading “Meetings with organisations”

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”

Roddick calls for expanding role of Community First Responders

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has today asked the Scottish Government to consider revisiting existing restrictions on the role of Community First Responders in assisting the Scottish Ambulance Service. Roddick urged the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care to explore further ways in which Community First Responders can aid Scottish Ambulance Service crewsContinue reading “Roddick calls for expanding role of Community First Responders”

Roddick claims Tory cuts threaten move to address child poverty in Shetland

The islands’ SNP MSP, Emma Roddick, has raised concerns over the impact of proposed cuts to Universal Credit, claiming that it could undermine the Scottish Government’s planned increase to the Scottish Child Payment, a benefit aimed at reducing the number of children living in poverty by giving extra cash each week to families who relyContinue reading “Roddick claims Tory cuts threaten move to address child poverty in Shetland”

Emma Roddick MSP welcomes talks on HIAL remote tower plans

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed renewed talks over HIAL’s proposed remote tower. Following strike action and pressure from Roddick, HIAL are engaging in talks with Prospect over a possible alternate method of delivery. Speaking on the move, Roddick said: “I am happy to see further talks regarding the planned modernisation of HIALContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP welcomes talks on HIAL remote tower plans”