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”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “delighted” with her visit to Shetland Soap Company

Shetland Soap Company is part of Cope Ltd, who works with adults with learning disabilities to produce various handmade products, including skincare and soaps. Speaking following the visit, Roddick said: “It was fantastic to meet the Shetland Soap Company team earlier today! “It was a joy to see a focus on ability and an exampleContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “delighted” with her visit to Shetland Soap Company”

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 visits Dogs Against Drugs Shetland

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick made some four-legged friends in Lerwick, on Wednesday the 13th of October, during a meeting with Dogs Against Drugs Shetland. Dogs Against Drugs Shetland is an organisation that was created by the people of Shetland in 2001 to help detect and deter drug misuse in the isles. Their specially-trainedContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick visits Dogs Against Drugs Shetland”

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”

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”