• 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’s member’s motion on Carers Week

Rhoda Grant: Carers Week 2015—That the Parliament welcomes Carers Week 2015, which runs from 8 to 14 June and is supported by Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support and the MS Society; notes that the week aims to raise awareness of carers at national, regional and local levels in order to improve their lives and the lives of the people that they care for; further notes that this year’s focus is on building carer-friendly communities that aim to support carers in looking after their loved ones while at the same time recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own; understands that around 759,000 people in Scotland, one in eight of the population, are caring for a loved one, and that many face challenges, including financial hardship and ill health;

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MSP Grant Questions Cairdeas Cottage Closure Consultation

Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant has written to NHS Highland over the “questionable” consultation process ahead of the decision by the local health board to close the Cairdeas Cottage facility, a drop-in centre for people with mental health problems in Inverness following the withdrawal of funding.

Mrs Grant wrote to NHS Highland following a call for help from Mental Health charity Hug who are seeking help in saving the centre.

However NHS Highland have stated that following a review they are committed to scrapping the Cairdeas Cottage service in favour of moving to one service operated from Bruce Garden’s Day Centre, which it says will allow for seven day opening.

Following the decision by NHS Highland Mrs Grant has written to NHS Chief Executive, Elaine Mead over the lack of proper consultation that took place ahead of the announcement.

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Rhoda’s support for member’s motion

Congratulations to Joanne Martin of Possilpark—That the Parliament congratulates Joanne Martin of Possilpark in the parliamentary constituency of Maryhill and Springburn on securing a place to study medicine at the University of Aberdeen; notes that Joanne is a former pupil of Springburn Academy; understands that Joanne’s initial applications to medical schools at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee universities were all rejected although she had the qualifications required; further understands that Joanne then expanded her CV and experience by teaching health and hygiene in Ghana for three months and by taking an Open University course; believes that medicine and veterinary science have the lowest number of entrants from so-called deprived areas;

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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.