Roddick appalled at the reports of sexual misconduct being ‘widespread’ in Police Scotland and forces across the UK

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has reacted to the sexual misconduct allegations regarding Police Scotland and forces across the UK. Channel Four’s Dispatches has reported lodging Freedom of Information requests with police forces across the UK and information was returned by 39 forces. It revealed that almost 2000 officers, special constables, and Police CommunityContinue reading “Roddick appalled at the reports of sexual misconduct being ‘widespread’ in Police Scotland and forces across the UK”

Roddick hails Scotland’s record on women’s rights; condemns Tory response to Sarah Everard murder

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick slammed the UK Government’s record on women’s rights on Wednesday, condemning statements made by a Tory police commissioner that suggested Sarah Everard should have been more “streetwise” when confronted by her murderer. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Roddick highlighted the different approaches of the UK and Scottish Governments, notingContinue reading “Roddick hails Scotland’s record on women’s rights; condemns Tory response to Sarah Everard murder”

Emma Roddick MSP expresses concerns over disability benefit appeals

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed concerns over the number of successful disability appeals following declined applications. Roddick said: “It worries me that three in five appeals for disability benefits were successful after initially being declined by the DWP, with Personal Independence Payment being the worst hit. “Many disabled people do not haveContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP expresses concerns over disability benefit appeals”

HAVE YOUR SAY: Carer’s Allowance Supplement consultation

The Social Justice and Social Security Committee is considering the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill and asking people to submit their views. What are your views on the increased payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement? Do you agree with increasing the December payment of Carer’s Allowance Supplement? Do you have any views on the Bill’sContinue reading “HAVE YOUR SAY: Carer’s Allowance Supplement consultation”

Roddick encourages young people to apply for Job Start Payment

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, is encouraging 16-25-year-olds to apply for the Job Start Payment, a grant which helps young people get back into work by covering “prohibitive” start-up costs. Roddick said: “The costs of starting a new job shouldn’t be prohibitive, but they often are. I am delighted to seeContinue reading “Roddick encourages young people to apply for Job Start Payment”

WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform

In a Member’s Business Debate put forward by Neil Gray MSP on the recently-published Social Justice and Fairness Commission report, Emma Roddick argued that we “cannot rely on the goodwill of landlords”, pushing for further regulation of the private rented sector. She also pointed out that, due to Right to Buy, properties intended for affordableContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform”

New MSP uses first Parliamentary motion to raise homelessness and debt issues

SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her first Parliamentary motion to highlight that, while action was taken during the COVID pandemic to protect people from eviction and sudden loss of income, many were suffering before the outbreak. She has asked the Scottish Government to look into whether any extra protectionsContinue reading “New MSP uses first Parliamentary motion to raise homelessness and debt issues”

SNP MSP welcomes Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s Housing paper

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the publication of the Social Justice and Fairness Commission paper, describing its housing proposals as “groundbreaking”. The paper, published on Tuesday morning, considers many issues including the challenges rural Scotland faces in losing housing stock to second homes and holiday lets, and proposes a range ofContinue reading “SNP MSP welcomes Social Justice and Fairness Commission’s Housing paper”