Highlands & Islands MSP attends first in-person UHI Shetland graduation ceremony

Emma Roddick MSP was spotted in Lerwick attending UHI Shetland’s first in-person graduation ceremony. The graduation celebrated students who graduated over the pandemic and those graduating in 2022, giving the opportunity for those that didn’t have a traditional graduation ceremony to celebrate with their fellow students and loved ones. Commenting Roddick said: “I was humbledContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP attends first in-person UHI Shetland graduation ceremony”

SNP MSP BRINGS SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT TO SHETLAND

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has brought the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee virtually to Shetland, to share Anchor’s work in the isles. Visiting the organisation last year, the SNP MSP said that organisations across Scotland could “learn a lot” from their approach.  Following this, she recommended the group to theContinue reading “SNP MSP BRINGS SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT TO SHETLAND”

SNP MSP TO CAMPAIGN FOR SHETLAND CANDIDATES

Emma Roddick MSP will visit the isles this week to campaign for local SNP candidates Robbie MacGregor, Shetland South, and Zara Pennington, Shetland West.  She said: “I am really looking forward to getting out on the doors to speak to people and help get our two amazing candidates elected to the Shetland Islands Council inContinue reading SNP MSP TO CAMPAIGN FOR SHETLAND CANDIDATES

Shetland receives £5,899 to support care experienced families

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the news that Shetland will receive £5,899 from the Scottish Government to support care experienced families or children who are on the edges of care, in addition to the £41m provided through the Winter Support Fund. Commenting, Roddick said: “Many children across Shetland who are on the edges ofContinue reading “Shetland receives £5,899 to support care experienced families”

Islands MSP urges new Minister for Transport to back fixed links for Shetland

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has wasted no time writing to the new Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth, appointed on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of developing fixed links in Shetland. Referring to the Scottish Government’s target of reaching net-zero by 2045, Roddick has reiterated the significant role that transport plays in these plans, saying: “Fixed linksContinue reading “Islands MSP urges new Minister for Transport to back fixed links for Shetland”

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”

Higher pay in Shetland puts £13.6 million into local economy

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the news that teachers in Shetland are paid £1,350-a-year more than the UK average teaching salary. UK government figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the average annual salary for full-time Scottish teachers and other education professionals is £41,350. This compares with a UK average of just more than £40,000. That extra £1,350 for 329 local teacher represents about anContinue reading “Higher pay in Shetland puts £13.6 million into local economy”

Roddick: ‘Boris bridge’ money should pay for Shetland’s fixed links

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called on the Tory UK Government to make good on the money Scotland and Northern Ireland are owed as their share of the £20 billion from Boris Johnson’s ill-fated plan to build a bridge to Northern Ireland. The project – promoted by Boris Johnson – was costed at £20 billion,Continue reading “Roddick: ‘Boris bridge’ money should pay for Shetland’s fixed links”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “organisations could learn a lot” from Anchor

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands has stated that organisations “could learn a lot” from Anchor – Shetland Islands Council’s pioneering family support service. Roddick met yesterday with the organisation which provides support to families facing difficult situations, helping them to navigate their struggles before reaching crisis point by providing advice, food packagesContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “organisations could learn a lot” from Anchor”