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”

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”

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”

MSP encourages people to apply for vital welfare support

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed her delight in regards to vital funding support that will be available in next year’s Scottish Budget, including the Welfare Fund and the Discretionary Housing Payment. This is a part of the 2022-2023 Scottish Government Annual Budget announcement and includes ambitious plans to be implemented to makeContinue reading “MSP encourages people to apply for vital welfare support”

Roddick welcomes Child Disability Payment: “an encouraging sign”

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the Scottish Government’s new rollout of the Child Disability Payment which will help with financial support for families of children with a disability. For the first time anywhere in the UK, disability benefit applicants can apply for Child Disability Payment online, as well as by phone,Continue reading “Roddick welcomes Child Disability Payment: “an encouraging sign””