Highlands and Islands MSP: Supreme Court decision must not endanger Scottish healthcare

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government to reassure women and the LGBTQI+ community in Scotland following a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn key abortion rights case Roe v Wade. Noting that there is rising promotion of anti-abortion campaigning in Scotland, too, she said: “Following the appallingContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP: Supreme Court decision must not endanger Scottish healthcare”

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for trauma training for the public sector

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called on her party to do more to ensure that public sector workers are trauma-informed, telling them that witnesses to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee have reported being re-traumatised or frightened to engage with services due to difficult experiences. She said: “A message that’s come through loud andContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for trauma training for the public sector”

“Social justice and climate justice go hand-in-hand” – SNP MSP visits digital exclusion project

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick visited the Libertie Project this week during the Highland Climate Festival, taking part in a family-friendly event at their premises on Denny Street which aimed to share sustainable growing and cooking skills.  The Inverness-based project, which mainly deals with digital skills and tackling digital exclusion, also got local kidsContinue reading ““Social justice and climate justice go hand-in-hand” – SNP MSP visits digital exclusion project”

Powers of independence desperately needed to curb cost-of-living crisis, says SNP 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 SNP MSP”

SNP MSP calls out Labour Party on unrealistic 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 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