• Rhoda Grant MSP – Views sought on Scottish Fire Service shake-up

    Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, are appealing to people throughout the region to respond to the request from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee for written views on the reform of the fire and rescue service.

    The call for opinions came from the Justice Committee the day after the decision was announced to reduce the number of fire controls in Scotland from eight to three.

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  • Rhoda Grant – Parliamentary question on priorities in Tourism in 2014

    Rhoda Grant: Will the cabinet secretary join me in congratulating Lewis, Harris and the Western Isles on coming top of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European islands?

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  • Rhoda Grant joins the fight against breast cancer

    Rhoda Grant MSP for the Highlands and Islands and the Shadow Minister for Wellbeing has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day.

    Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses across Scotland to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.

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Rhoda Calls for Rethink Over Fort Augustus ATM Removal

Highland MSP Rhoda Grant is calling for a “rethink” over the decision by the Post Office to remove the free-to-use cash machine (ATM) from its Fort Augustus Post Office branch, which is relocating to the Londis store in the village.

The removal of the ATM from the For Augustus branch would result in the loss of the only free-to-use cash machine in the village , with the next nearest free cash withdrawals being available from Drumnadrochit, around 18 miles away.

Although the Post Office will provide a cash withdrawal service over the counter, which will be open longer as a result of the change, the Citizens Advice Scotland are also concerned about the change and have voiced concerns over the way in which Post Office Ltd have progressed the closure of this ATM service, outside the agreed consultation and decision making process.

Mrs Grant has written to the Post Office, Chief Executive Paula Vennells to raise concerns on behalf of the local community.

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Allied Health Professionals – Rhoda’s speech in Scottish Parliament debate

The debate has been positive and I think that there is consensus across the chamber on the importance of AHPs’ role.

AHPs are not unused to hearing that and have heard it often, but they also expect a bit more from us to enable them to play their roles fully and provide the benefits from that.

I welcome the additional £3 million of funding that the minister announced today, which will go part of the way towards redressing some of the cuts that we have heard about.

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National Waiters Day A Chance To Oppose Poverty Pay, says Rhoda

Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant is calling for an end to poor conditions and poverty pay ahead of National Waiters Day 2015, which takes place on Thursday 21st May.

The National Waiters Day was launched by the hospitality industry and is designed to celebrate front of house staff working in the industry and to encourage more people to consider waiting tables as a serious career choice.

However, Rhoda Grant MSP is using the day to highlight the hospitality industry’s failure to tackle the poor conditions and poverty wages that have left waiting tables as one the UK’s worst paid jobs.

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North MSP surprise by number accessing Tobie site

Highlands & Islands (including Moray) MSP, Rhoda Grant, who set up the anti bullying site Tobie (Tackling Oppressive Behaviour In Employment) has indicated that nearly two and a half thousand people have visited the site in the last four months.

Speaking this afternoon, Rhoda Grant said,

“ I am absolutely delighted that so many people have visited our site, which primarily is a signpost for sufferers seeking support from the most appropriate organisation, details of which they can hopefully ascertain via the site.

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Human Trafficking and Exploitation : Rhoda.s speech in the debate on the Bill

I very much welcome the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.

I, too, pay tribute to Jenny Marra’s work to raise the issue when she proposed her member’s bill.

It is because of her hard work that we have a Government bill at stage 1.

Her work has brought the issue to the fore and focused the Scottish Parliament’s attention on the exploitation of people on our very doorstep, as has the work of the cross-party group on human trafficking, which she co-convenes with Christina McKelvie.

Most people think that human trafficking is something that happens to people from abroad.

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Rhoda Grant Pledges to Fight Tory Attacks on Workers Rights

Highlands and Islands Scottish Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has pledged to fight attacks on workers rights being planned by the Conservative Government.

During the build up to the election the Conservative manifesto proposed a crackdown on Trade Unions right to strike, and the introduction of draconian measures which would make it virtually impossible for trade unions in essential services such as those working in health, education, fire and transport to strike unless “at least 40% of all those entitled to take part in the ballot” vote in favour of industrial action.