WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first”

Speaking in a parliamentary debate on addressing issues with take-up of social security benefits, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of a number of organisations across the Highlands and Islands that are working to end food poverty and noted the importance of person-centred, humane approaches in the Scottish Government’s benefit take-up strategy. Roddick said: “AsContinue reading “WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first””

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”

“UK budget leaves the Highlands and Islands short-changed and families worse-off”, says MSP

SNP MSP Emma Roddick today slammed the UK Government budget, criticising it as “an act of class warfare on the side of the rich.” The budget, described by the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as “actually awful” for living standards, was panned by the Highlands and Islands MSP, citing its failures to tackleContinue reading ““UK budget leaves the Highlands and Islands short-changed and families worse-off”, says MSP”

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”

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”

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”

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””

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”