• 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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Sporting rates : Answer to Question tabled by Rhoda

Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what the value of sporting rates collected was in the last full year of their operation, broken down by local authority area.

John Swinney: An exemption from business rates for ‘shootings, deer forests, fishing and fish counters’, often referred to as ‘sporting rates’ has been in place since 1995-96.

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Funding to Protect the Scottish Wildcat : Rhoda’s motion in the Scottish Parliament

That the Parliament welcomes the £973,000 Heritage Lottery grant that has been given to Wildcat Action; understands that Wildcat Action, which is made up of over 30 organisations, community groups and landowners, will use the money over five years to focus on tackling the decline in numbers of the threatened species in six of the country’s priority sites, four of which are in the Highlands and Islands and Moray; hopes that this work, which is being carried out alongside the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan, will help to safeguard numbers and tackle the long-term risks facing the wildcat population;

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Rhoda’s speech in the debate on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill : Stage 1

It is absolutely wrong that, in a rich society, people are struggling for the very basics they need for survival, to keep a roof over their head and to live independently.

Food banks are becoming the norm rather than the exception.

Despite that, last year’s welfare fund was underspent.

That is a bit of a disgrace for us all; we need to do something about the situation.