Results 1–20 of 368 for speaker:Emma Roddick

Scottish Parliament: Immediate Priorities Plan for Disabled People (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: The Scottish Government is working hard to improve the lives of disabled people. The independent living fund, which supports disabled people, will reopen to new applicants after receiving a £9 million investment as part of the 2024-25 Scottish budget, and will support around 1,000 new applicants. Later this year, we will implement an immediate priorities plan that will deliver a range of...

Scottish Parliament: Immediate Priorities Plan for Disabled People (21 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: Paul O’Kane will appreciate that the plan is being co-produced with disabled people’s organisations. On Tuesday, I, along with the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, met representatives of those organisations to ensure that we are moving forward as quickly as we can with publishing and implementing the plan. I point out that this is not the only piece of...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (14 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: We published our delivery plan for our social isolation and loneliness strategy, “Recovering our Connections 2023-2026”, in March 2023. The plan aims to improve understanding of social isolation and loneliness, to reduce the harm that is caused by it and to tackle the public health issue. The plan highlights the actions that we are taking, including providing funding support of more than...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (14 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: I am not sure how old the member thinks I am. Although I do not understand all his references, I certainly understand the one to the big braw community campaign. We discussed it at the most recent meeting of the social isolation and loneliness advisory group. I very much welcome the support for the campaign to tackle social isolation and loneliness, and I look forward to working with...

Scottish Parliament: Social Isolation and Loneliness (14 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: I have managed to meet quite a few of the organisations in receipt of money from the fund so far. Even on those brief visits, I have been able to appreciate the impact that the fund is having on groups such as older people, younger people, those with mental health difficulties and disabled people. The fund’s intention is to support organisations to create opportunities for people to...

Scottish Parliament: Ministerial Population Task Force ( 7 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: The population strategy sets out the task force’s priorities around the opportunities and challenges for Scotland’s changing population. We are committed to a collaborative approach to delivering those ambitions, including with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities through our recurring population round tables, with membership from Scottish Enterprise,...

Scottish Parliament: Ministerial Population Task Force ( 7 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: As the minister responsible for population, I am more than happy to meet anyone to discuss the impact of a lack of a balanced population, which affects those who face depopulation and those who face rapid growth, in different ways. In 2023, the Scottish Government undertook exploratory research about the drivers and implications of rapid localised growth. That was considered by the...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day ( 7 Mar 2024)

Emma Roddick: I welcome the general consensus on the need to come together around what Carol Mochan described as “a common purpose”—achieving gender equality at home and globally. Those two aims are not separate, not only because—as Sue Webber and others have pointed out—their root causes are the same, but because we know that gender equality, by definition, will not exist until it exists for...

Scottish Parliament: Inward Migration (Rest of the UK) (22 Feb 2024)

Emma Roddick: We will continue to take action across Government and with partners to promote Scotland as a career destination, highlighting the breadth of job opportunities available across Scotland. The things that set Scotland apart from the rest of the UK, such as free prescriptions and access to a world-class education system, show that Scotland is a welcoming, inclusive and diverse society. As part of...

Scottish Parliament: Inward Migration (Rest of the UK) (22 Feb 2024)

Emma Roddick: Ivan McKee is right to point out the economic impact and benefit of having more working-age people. Employers are helping us to develop the talent attraction and migration service to ensure that it can support businesses to attract workers from outwith Scotland who have the skills that are needed. Our addressing depopulation action plan outlines support for local communities and economies to...

Scottish Parliament: Inward Migration (Rest of the UK) (22 Feb 2024)

Emma Roddick: Investment in public services is crucial, as the member has said. That is exactly what we are providing through our progressive tax system, which asks those who are on the higher earning scale to pay a little bit more into the public purse to allow us to provide the types of services that will encourage people to live and work in Scotland. I think that people choose where to live based on...

Scottish Parliament: Inward Migration (Rest of the UK) (22 Feb 2024)

Emma Roddick: I have been clear throughout all engagement in the chamber on the topic of migration that the UK’s migration system does not work for Scotland. The fact that people are not managing to move to Scotland and that they are not seeing the unique offer that Scotland has for them when using the routes that they are able to take to come to the UK, is a symptom of that issue. We are proposing...

Scottish Parliament: Inward Migration (Rest of the UK) (22 Feb 2024)

Emma Roddick: Absolutely. An exciting part of the work on addressing depopulation is the fact that it involves every portfolio across Government. I will work with ministers whose responsibilities cover all areas because we know that the drivers of depopulation and the ways in which we can attract people to those areas that are suffering depopulation, and retain them there, touch on every area of...

Scottish Parliament: Charity Lotteries (Sales Cap) ( 1 Feb 2024)

Emma Roddick: I thank Kenneth Gibson for organising today’s debate on the £50 million cap on charity lotteries and for setting out so clearly what he described as the “absurdity” of that unique limit. It is lovely to have consensus today, although it is not a surprise, given how ridiculous the cap is. The fact that we have all agreed on that highlights how inarguably absurd the cap is, particularly...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (25 Jan 2024)

Emma Roddick: The Scottish Government is working hard to improve the lives of disabled people. The independent living fund, which supports disabled people, will reopen to new applicants after it received £9 million in investment as part of the 2024-25 Scottish budget. That investment will support about 1,000 new applicants. Later this year, we will implement an immediate priorities plan, co-produced with...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (25 Jan 2024)

Emma Roddick: The Scottish Government recognises that some people have waited too long for Social Security Scotland to make a decision on their application, but work is on-going to address that, and the situation has been improving at pace. I absolutely stand by the principles of dignity, fairness and respect being embedded in Social Security Scotland. That is borne out by the customer and client reviews...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (25 Jan 2024)

Emma Roddick: The Scottish Government recognises the pressures on household budgets, including those of disabled people, who are disproportionately impacted by, and being stretched due to, the on-going cost of living crisis. That is why, since 2022-23, we have continued to allocate about £3 billion a year to social security policies that tackle poverty and protect people as far as possible. The...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (25 Jan 2024)

Emma Roddick: We are all too aware that older and disabled people might struggle to find housing that meets their needs. We are taking steps to mitigate that by increasing the supply of accessible and adapted housing.

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Emma Roddick: We recognise that, unfortunately, asylum policy is currently reserved to the UK Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998. The Scottish Government has been clear through our building a new Scotland paper “Migration to Scotland after independence” that, in an independent Scotland, we would take a very different approach to asylum and migration, building a new system that is based on treating...

Scottish Parliament: Asylum Policy and Legislation (United Kingdom Government) (10 Jan 2024)

Emma Roddick: I will certainly be pleasantly surprised if a Labour Government comes in at the next UK election and makes big changes compared to the UK Government that we have now. However, based on the rhetoric coming from the current Labour and Conservative campaigns, it seems to me that the First Minister was right to describe an apparent “race to the bottom” on immigration policies. No UK...


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