WATCH: Emma Roddick seeks assurance misogyny in politics will not get in the way of policy tackling it

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government about their plans to help combat misogyny in Scottish politics, questioning the Cabinet Secretary on how he would ensure misogyny in politics would not get in the way of progressing policy aimed at tackling it. This comes in response to a recent report publishedContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick seeks assurance misogyny in politics will not get in the way of policy tackling it”

SNP MSP highlights need for considering intersectionality when tackling sexual crime

During an evidence-gathering session by the Social Justice and Social Security Committee on Thursday 3rd March, SNP MSP Emma Roddick questioned witnesses on the disparity in sexual crime faced by disabled women compared to non-disabled women. She later called for more specialised work to be done in supporting multiply-marginalised women who are victims of abuse.Continue reading “SNP MSP highlights need for considering intersectionality when tackling sexual crime”

Roddick calls for measures to control growth in number of second homes

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has questioned the Scottish Government on when her party’s manifesto commitment to devolve powers to local authorities to manage high numbers of second homes would be progressed. Commenting on the importance of this policy, she said: “I was elected last year on the strength of an SNP manifesto which promised aContinue reading “Roddick calls for measures to control growth in number of second homes”

Highlands MSP calls for views on debt

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called for the views of local organisations as part of the Social Justice and Social Security Committee’s inquiry into debt in Scotland.  A member of the committee herself, she is keen to make sure that Highland voices are heard to give a “complete view” of the issues so that goodContinue reading “Highlands MSP calls for views on debt”

MSP welcomes over nine million in support for Highlands and Islands households

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed new figures showing that low income households in the Highlands and Islands have been supported by £9,415,350 in financial support from the Scottish Government. Households in the Highlands and Islands have received £4,455,980 from Low Income Pandemic Payments and £4,959,370 from Bridging Payments that support families with children inContinue reading “MSP welcomes over nine million in support for Highlands and Islands households”

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”

MSP highlights the link between homelessness and short-term lets in the Highlands and Islands

Emma Roddick MSP has today voiced her concerns over high levels of homelessness in the Highlands and Islands, particularly Skye, where young people are most likely to experience homelessness in the Highland Council area. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament debate on Wednesday, the SNP MSP opened up about her own experience of homelessness describing itContinue reading “MSP highlights the link between homelessness and short-term lets in the Highlands and Islands”

Emma Roddick secures commitment to review short-term lets situation

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has received a commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Housing, Shona Robison, to revisit the issue of tackling the increasing numbers of short-term lets next year.  This move follows the removal of a power for local authorities to refuse new licensing due to overprovision from the Scottish Government’s new Short-term LetsContinue reading “Emma Roddick secures commitment to review short-term lets situation”

Roddick praises fairer assessment process for Scottish benefits

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has highlighted the positive changes implemented by the Scottish Government to the assessment process for Adult Disability Payment, which will replace the Personal Independence Payment for Scottish claimants in Spring 2022. Commenting, Roddick said: “It is universally acknowledged by key stakeholders, such as Scottish Association for Mental Health,Continue reading “Roddick praises fairer assessment process for Scottish benefits”