Roddick praises work of Highlands and Islands charities over coronavirus pandemic

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament last week, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of third sector organisations in providing support to vulnerable people across the Highlands and Islands over the course of the pandemic. Noting in particular the efforts of the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) in supporting charities across the region and signposting peopleContinue reading “Roddick praises work of Highlands and Islands charities over coronavirus pandemic”

Emma Roddick MSP shows her support to community food projects

Emma Roddick spent Tuesday the 19th of October visiting 6 different community groups in the Inverness area who all share a keen focus on food poverty, support, and helping others. These groups were: Food for Families, Café 1668, Crown & City Community Cupboard, Inverness Food Stuff, GoodNESS Community Fridge, and Incredible Edible Inverness. Speaking followingContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP shows her support to community food projects”

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”

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”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “delighted” to see carer’s allowance supplement doubled for winter

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has stated she is “delighted” to see the bill to double this winter’s Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment passed on Thursday the 7th of October after a session of intense debate.  Speaking following the vote, Roddick said: “I’m delighted to see that unpaid carers will be getting anContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “delighted” to see carer’s allowance supplement doubled for winter”

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”

MSP marks Poverty Week with surgery tour – “you will be met with understanding”

Emma Roddick MSP is marking Challenge Poverty Week 2021, which is taking place between 4th – 10th October, by holding three surgeries around the Moray Firth area during the event. The first two will be held on Friday 8th, with Emma stationed in Nairn Community Centre from 09:30 – 11:30 and then Merkinch Community CentreContinue reading “MSP marks Poverty Week with surgery tour – “you will be met with understanding””

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”