Highlands and Islands MSP Appointed Deputy Convener of Holyrood Social Security Committee

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has today been appointed as the Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security and Social Justice Committee after the appointment of the Committee’s previous Convener, Elena Whitham MSP, to the Scottish Government. Ms Roddick has served on the Social Security and Social Justice Committee since its formation shortlyContinue reading Highlands and Islands MSP Appointed Deputy Convener of Holyrood Social Security Committee

Highlands & Islands MSP welcomes refreshed Baby Box

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the refreshed Baby Box, saying the scheme will be more important than ever in the coming months as families face rising costs. Scotland’s Baby Box is receiving a makeover for its fifth birthday. According to the latest figures of boxes distributed by health boards, 235,622 boxes haveContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP welcomes refreshed Baby Box”

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”

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

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP REQUESTS REASSURANCE ON ACCESS TO ABORTION HEALTHCARE IN REGION

Emma Roddick MSP has pressed the Scottish Government to ensure that abortion healthcare is accessible to constituents in the Highlands and Islands, in light of reports that patients attending clinics across the Central Belt have experienced intimidation and harassment by protestors outside. Having already committed to supporting a forthcoming Members’ Bill from Green MSP GillianContinue reading HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP REQUESTS REASSURANCE ON ACCESS TO ABORTION HEALTHCARE IN REGION

SNP MSP RAISES CONCERN OF UK GOVERNMENT’S “CARELESS” APPROACH TO NORTHERN IRELAND

Emma Roddick has today praised the Scottish Government for challenging the UK Government on its supposed plans to unilaterally change the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was part of its Brexit deal, a course of action the Highlands and Islands MSP has described as “careless”. Commenting Roddick said: “It’s not surprising that the UK Government isContinue reading SNP MSP RAISES CONCERN OF UK GOVERNMENT’S “CARELESS” APPROACH TO NORTHERN IRELAND

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 VISITS “REVOLUTIONARY” SOCIAL SECURITY SCOTLAND TEAM

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has visited the new Social Security Scotland headquarters in Dundee in her capacity as a member of the Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament. The SNP representative described the work the team there is doing in redesigning adult disability benefits in Scotland as  “revolutionary”. She said: “I’m onContinue reading “SNP MSP VISITS “REVOLUTIONARY” SOCIAL SECURITY SCOTLAND TEAM”

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: EMPLOYMENT LAW CANNOT REMAIN IN WESTMINSTER HANDS

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has voiced her concern that, despite the Scottish Government’s recent efforts to explore its ability to improve the experience of workers, the true potential of employment law reform is limited by powers being reserved to Westminster. Highlighting the efforts to support businesses in Scotland to implement a four-day workingContinue reading “HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: EMPLOYMENT LAW CANNOT REMAIN IN WESTMINSTER HANDS”