SNP MSP WARNS OVER ‘ASTRONOMICAL’ COST OF LIVING FOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN MOVE TOWARDS NET-ZERO

Emma Roddick has today highlighted the need to find balance in achieving net-zero whilst also not pushing island communities further into fuel poverty.  The Highlands and Islands MSP expressed her support for Scottish Government plans to achieve carbon-neutral status in the Isles whilst also sharing concerns on how this could be achieved fairly. Commenting sheContinue reading “SNP MSP WARNS OVER ‘ASTRONOMICAL’ COST OF LIVING FOR ISLAND COMMUNITIES IN MOVE TOWARDS NET-ZERO”

HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: WESTMINSTER ‘TAKING FOOD OUT OF KIDS’ MOUTHS’ WITH BENEFITS CLIFF EDGE

“It’s impossible to leave politics at the door on this” Social Justice and Social Security Committee member Emma Roddick MSP has condemned what she described as the UK Government’s hamstringing of the Scottish Government’s efforts to end child poverty in Scotland. The Highlands and Islands MSP pressed witnesses on the difficulties of a hybrid socialContinue reading “HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP: WESTMINSTER ‘TAKING FOOD OUT OF KIDS’ MOUTHS’ WITH BENEFITS CLIFF EDGE”

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 MSP RAISES ISSUES SURROUNDING DISABILITY BENEFITS TRANSFER

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has raised points to the Minister for Social Security on current plans to transfer some of those receiving the Disability Living Allowance to the Adult Disability Payment scheme. The transfer, which is set to be completed by 2025 will see around 44,000 people switch to ADP starting this summer. In Thursday’sContinue reading “HIGHLANDS MSP RAISES ISSUES SURROUNDING DISABILITY BENEFITS TRANSFER”

EMMA RODDICK MSP: DWP REFUSAL TO SHARE SANCTIONS DATA “FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST”

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday [31ST MARCH], Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick backed the call by a cross-party group of MSPs on the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions to share anonymised data on benefits sanctions with a team of University of Glasgow-based researchers. Roddick, who herself has experience of livingContinue reading “EMMA RODDICK MSP: DWP REFUSAL TO SHARE SANCTIONS DATA “FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST””

SNP MSP: RISHI SUNAK’S ATTACK ON VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS ENDANGERS COVID RECOVERY

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has lambasted the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement, noting recent polling that suggests over 80% of people in Scotland are worried about the cost of living crisis. Commenting, Roddick said: “The Tories can talk about responsible government all they like but the truth is that they are hikingContinue reading SNP MSP: RISHI SUNAK’S ATTACK ON VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS ENDANGERS COVID RECOVERY

SNP MSP WELCOMES MOVE TO HELP UKRAINIANS SEEKING REFUGE IN SCOTLAND

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the passing of emergency regulations from the Scottish Government which will ensure that Ukrainian refugees brought to the UK won’t face extra barriers when claiming social security they are entitled to. The decision to make the change passed without opposition in the Parliament this evening, and willContinue reading SNP MSP WELCOMES MOVE TO HELP UKRAINIANS SEEKING REFUGE IN SCOTLAND

Emma Roddick MSP welcomes 6% increase to social security in Scotland

Emma Roddick MSP for the Highlands and Islands has welcomed the news from that social security payments issued by the Scottish Government will increase by 6% on April 1st. Subject to parliamentary approval, the Job Start Payment, Young Carer’s Grant, Funeral Support, Best Start Grant and Carer’s Allowance Supplement will increase by 6%. Families inContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP welcomes 6% increase to social security in Scotland”

SNP MSP criticises Tory Bedroom Tax and “remarkable” low spend on UK housing support

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has criticised the UK Government’s spend on Discretionary Housing Payments, highlighting that the total spend in England and Wales is only slightly more than what is spent in Scotland, where it is estimated over £71 million is being spent annually to mitigate the Tories’ Bedroom Tax. The SNP MSPContinue reading “SNP MSP criticises Tory Bedroom Tax and “remarkable” low spend on UK housing support”

Highlands & Islands MSP urges Chancellor to do more to tackle cost of living crisis

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has urged the UK Conservative Chancellor to introduce an emergency budget to support families in the face of the rising cost of living. The MSP argued that an emergency budget should include the delivery of a Real Living Wage, a reversal to the Universal Credit cutContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP urges Chancellor to do more to tackle cost of living crisis”