Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has said she will continue to push for The Scottish Government to include inter-islands ferry fares in the new free bus travel scheme for under-22s. Roddick is clear in her view that young people should not be disadvantaged in accessing education and work opportunities as aContinue reading “Roddick fights for inclusion of ferry fares in free bus travel scheme”

Roddick welcomes launch of free bus travel scheme for under 22’s

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the opening of the application process for the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme. From today, all young people and children aged 5 to 21 are entitled to apply for their new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC to free bus travel acrossContinue reading “Roddick welcomes launch of free bus travel scheme for under 22’s”

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””

Emma Roddick chats politics with Easter Ross pupils

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick today visited Alness Academy and Invergordon Academy to speak with and take questions from pupils in a visit facilitated by Developing the Young Workforce. Emma, who attended Alness Academy as a youngster, said she enjoyed seeing the new building. She said: “When I was in school, I really hadContinue reading “Emma Roddick chats politics with Easter Ross pupils”

Local MSP seeks support for 17 year olds in Scotland who are going to Uni and are not included in the 3 months until 18 vaccination criteria

Emma Roddick MSP asked the First Minister today what the options were for Scottish University students who are only 17 and not due the Covid vaccination yet. She asked, following the First Minister stating that further guidance from the JCVI was due in regards to this. Roddick asked: ‘I appreciate the information that has beenContinue reading “Local MSP seeks support for 17 year olds in Scotland who are going to Uni and are not included in the 3 months until 18 vaccination criteria”

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”

SNP MSP returns to Ross-shire to open new youth facility

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has returned to her home town of Alness to open new facility ‘The Field’. Following the closure of the Place on Alness High Street, co-ordinators and young people worked tirelessly to build a new outdoor facility with a tent to house learning and social opportunities for youngContinue reading “SNP MSP returns to Ross-shire to open new youth facility”

Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities

SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has expressed her delight as Shetland Islands Council is set to receive £53,000 from the Scottish Government to encourage children to play and socialise as part of the recovery from the pandemic. Councils across Scotland will receive a share of £15m to support summer activities that areContinue reading “Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities”