• 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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Check you are signed up to vote, say Labour MSPs

Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have joined the calls for people throughout the Highlands and Islands to make sure they are registered to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections which will take place on Thursday 5 May.

The switch to the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) system in Scotland has seen an estimated 800,000 names dropping off the electoral roll – which is the first time since 2009 the electoral roll has decreased.

The number of people registered to vote has fallen since the new registration system was introduced, with some people possibly not realising they will be unable to vote because of the changes to the process which makes it each person’s responsibility to sign themselves up.

Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address.

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Rhoda Grant hails victory for Hep C campaigners

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has said she is delighted that the voices of the victims of the infected blood scandal have finally been heard and that they are to receive more financial help from the Scottish Government.
For those Hepatitis C sufferers who were infected in Scotland, the Scottish Government has committed to:-

· Increasing annual payments to £27,000 for those with advanced Hepatitis C (at Stage 2) or HIV and increasing them to £37,000 for those co-infected with both Hepatitis C and HIV.

· Providing annual payments to widows and widowers of those who have died as a result of their advanced (Stage 2) Hepatitis C or HIV infection. These payments will be 75% of the amount the infected person would be entitled to under the new arrangements if they were alive.

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Highlands & Islands MSP highlights depth of bullying problem

Highlands & Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant, who set up the anti bullying site, Tobie (www.tobie.org.uk) during December 2014, continues to tackle this anti social and unwanted behaviour, particularly in the work place.

“Over the last year I have been contacted by people from all walks of life, who have found themselves in the unfortunate position of having been harassed, bullied, or subjected to some form of oppressive behaviour,” she said.

“What’s really concerning is the level of this unwarranted behaviour and the fact that it is rife in all our local communities.

” Let me give you an example of what I am talking about:

“Since we launched the site, over 7000 people have visited our site in just over a year, but to let people realise that these ‘hits’ are not just a passing viewer ‘clicking’ on the site in passing, the Harassment and Bullying pages have been opened by 831 people.

“The page for ‘Are You A Bully ? was entered and opened 826 times and the ‘Advice for Employers’ page was opened 778, with ‘Managing Staff’ being opened 684 times.

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Land Reform (Scotland) Bill – Rhoda’s speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

The bill is another step along the long road to land reform.

It has taken a long time to get this far, but I hope that the Scottish land commission, which the bill establishes, will give the matter priority.

Land reform is not an end in itself; it is for a purpose—although there is something very wrong when so few people own so much of Scotland. Land reform is about local empowerment, not for power itself but to give people the means to build their own economies and deliver jobs and futures for their communities.