£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”

£288,207 FUNDING FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES IN ORKNEY

SNP MSP EMMA RODDICK WELCOMES NEWS INVESTMENT IN EARLY INTERVENTION AND FAMILY SUPPORT Orkney will benefit from nearly £288,207 of new investment to support people affected by drugs and alcohol including earlier intervention and better family support.  This is part of a nationwide announcement by the SNP Scottish Government. A total of 77 initiatives theContinue reading “£288,207 FUNDING FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL SERVICES IN ORKNEY”

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”

Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has pressed Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, for clarifications regarding supporting suitable renewable energy developments which will ensure the case for an interconnector for Orkney. Ofgem’s approval for a new cable is reliant on at least 135 MW of new energy generation projects inContinue reading “Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector”

Emma Roddick MSP visits Scapa Flow to hear of their ground-breaking plans

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick visited Orkney Harbour Authority yesterday to discuss their Masterplan for Scapa Flow. The plan details their vision for a new multi-user deep-water pier and quayside facility at Scapa Flow, with the end goal of delivering a just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and also a large-scale, wind-poweredContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP visits Scapa Flow to hear of their ground-breaking plans”

Roddick asks Scottish Government about ferry investment

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government how much investment Scottish ferry services have seen since 2007, and how additional funds will be allocated to the region. Speaking in Parliament, Roddick asked the Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, for figures amid concerns that ferry services do not provide sufficient capacity for passengers.Continue reading “Roddick asks Scottish Government about ferry investment”

Islands MSP supports Orkney’s first Pride march

Following Orkney Pride celebrations on 26th June, organisers have shared an interview with Emma Roddick MSP, the island’s only out Parliamentarian. Roddick had said she was “delighted” to be taking part in the march, a first for the island, after a year of COVID restrictions prevented them from taking place in 2020.

New Highlands and Islands MSP to visit Orkney

New MSP Emma Roddick, who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Kirkwall later this week to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic. Scotland’s youngest MSP will meet with Orkney Islands Council leadership on Friday afternoon.  In addition toContinue reading “New Highlands and Islands MSP to visit Orkney”