• 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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MSP call to devolve powers further

Welcoming the Smith Commission report today, Highlands & Islands Labour MSPs Rhoda Grant and David Stewart highlighted an opportunity for “double devolution”.
David Stewart said “We are pleased with the proposals to further strengthen of the powers of the Scottish Parliament as democratically arrived at by Scottish voters, UK partners and the commendable work of the Smith Commission.”
Rhoda Grant commented, “One aspect I particularly welcome from a Highlands and Islands point of view is the opportunity for ‘double devolution’

“Now that the Crown Estate seabed and foreshore are to be devolved, the Scottish Government can ‘double devolve’ those powers to our local authorities and communities.

“We hope to see early progress on this from the Government.”

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Carers’ Rights Day – Rhoda’s member’s motion

That the Parliament notes that 28th. November 2014 is Carers‘ Rights Day, a time dedicated to making sure that carers are aware of their rights and where they can find help and support, raising awareness of the challenges that carers face both in terms of balancing their time and navigating their way to the financial and practical support that they are entitled to; notes that, according to Carers UK, almost 47% of carers are greatly worried about money;

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Highlands MSP warns about giving a pet as a Christmas present

Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant backs Scottish SPCA warning that pets should not be seen as cute gifts to give just at Christmas, but they are for all year round and for the life of the pet.

Rhoda Grant said,

“ As a pet owner myself, I plead with people to think through the decision of taking on a pet or giving a pet as a Christmas gift, as such a decision can have a big impact on families and individuals.

“Be sure the person who is being given the gift is ready, prepared and understands all the implications of looking after such a pet before you take or make any decision”.

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Programme for Government 2014-15 : Rhoda’s speech in the Parliamentary debate

I extend my appreciation to the 657,000 carers for the work that they do in looking after loved ones, and I welcome the proposed carers bill. As Friday is international carers’ rights day, it is right—and timely—that that bill has been announced this week.
Many people who are carers do not see themselves as carers; they regard themselves simply as loving family members who, regardless of the lack of support that they receive, will continue to care.

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Vale of Leven enquiry : Rhoda’s oral question

Rhoda Grant : I join others in paying tribute to the families who fought so hard for the inquiry.
I hope that lessons can be learned so that, in future, families do not have to fight so hard for inquiries at such a difficult time for them.
Will the chief nursing officer, as part of the work being done with the nursing director, consider the standards for testing, to ensure that individual cases are identified and isolated so as to stop outbreaks in the future?

Will she also examine how patients and their relatives can raise concerns and request testing if they are concerned about an outbreak occurring in a ward that they are in?