Highlands & Islands MSP says Winter Heating Payment must go further than Cold Weather Payments to protect rural and island communities from fuel poverty.

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has questioned the adequacy of the UK’s social security system, highlighting that Cold Weather Payments have failed to deliver for communities with the highest levels of fuel poverty. During a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee, Deputy Convener Ms Roddick pointed out that areasContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP says Winter Heating Payment must go further than Cold Weather Payments to protect rural and island communities from fuel poverty.”

Highlands & Islands MSP meets Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team in Inverness

MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick met today [Friday 18th November] with Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team for the Highlands in Inverness to speak about the service they provide in the area. Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery service was launched in November 2021 and offers support to people face-to-face or over videoContinue reading Highlands & Islands MSP meets Social Security Scotland’s Local Delivery Team in Inverness

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

“A real demonstration of the type of government we have here in Scotland” Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands & Islands, welcomes news that winter child payment is to be doubled

Highlands & Islands MSP, Emma Roddick has welcomed the SNP’s announcement that support for children over the winter is to be doubled. During her speech at the SNP’s annual party conference, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that from November the Scottish Child Payment would be increased to £25 a week and payments to those whoContinue reading ““A real demonstration of the type of government we have here in Scotland” Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands & Islands, welcomes news that winter child payment is to be doubled”

Highlands & Islands MSP highlights contrast between UK and Scottish Government approaches to cost-of-living crisis

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands Emma Roddick has spoken out in the Scottish Parliament on the differences in the approach being shown by the UK and Scottish Governments in tackling the cost-of-living crisis.  Speaking in a debate on the issue, Roddick contrasted the Scottish Government’s raising of the Scottish Child Payment and deliveryContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP highlights contrast between UK and Scottish Government approaches to cost-of-living crisis”

Highlands and Islands Cost-of-Living Survey: Emma Roddick MSP shares results

As the Tory Cost of Living Crisis is having devastating consequences across the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick MSP put out a cost-of-living survey to better understand how this is affecting constituents. Results from the survey highlighted significant worry and anxiety about rising costs amongst those in the region, with 93% of respondents saying theyContinue reading “Highlands and Islands Cost-of-Living Survey: Emma Roddick MSP shares results”

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

£161,630 SPENT IN ORKNEY PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX

£161,630 has been spent this year in Orkney mitigating cruel Tory cuts including the disgraceful bedroom tax. In 2021/22 £161,630 was provided by the SNP Scottish Government in Discretionary Housing Payments to protect families from cuts, with £137,413 spent mitigating the impact of the cruel Tory bedroom tax in Orkney. Across Scotland £82million has beenContinue reading “£161,630 SPENT IN ORKNEY PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX”

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”