WATCH: Emma Roddick MSP speaks out against Tory-led Universal Credit cuts

The SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands challenged the UK Government in a Scottish Parliament debate today, describing plans to end the £20 Universal Credit uplift as “as ridiculous as it is morally reprehensible.” The Universal Credit uplift was introduced six months ago in response to rising household bills and formed a vital lifelineContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick MSP speaks out against Tory-led Universal Credit cuts”

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”

WATCH: Emma Roddick speaks up for carers in Parliament

In the Stage 1 debate on the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, which aims to double the winter payment of CAS this year, Emma Roddick highlighted the importance of giving money straight to carers to help them weather a perfect storm of Universal Credit cuts, the end of furlough, and rising fuel prices. Speaking inContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick speaks up for carers in Parliament”

WATCH: “Homelessness shouldn’t be a fact of life” says Emma Roddick MSP

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick spoke in Parliament yesterday in support of the Scottish Government’s commitment to preventing homelessness. Roddick stated: “I am heartened by the Scottish Government’s commitment to preventing homelessness. Homelessness shouldn’t simply be a fact of life in twenty-first century Scotland. “Homelessness is a symptom of many things and is inextricably linkedContinue reading “WATCH: “Homelessness shouldn’t be a fact of life” says Emma Roddick MSP”

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”

WATCH: Roddick slams “hypocritical” Tories on poverty

MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has slammed the Scottish Conservatives for what she described as their “hypocritical” stance on social security. During her speech, in which she discussed her own experience of homelessness and welcomed the Scottish Government’s proposed prevention measures, a Conservative member intervened to ask why the Scottish Government wasContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick slams “hypocritical” Tories on poverty”

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”