• 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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Calls for national threshold for unpaid carers

Rhoda Grant MSP, Scottish Labour spokesperson for Equalities, has tabled amendments to the Carers Bill to introduce a national threshold for unpaid carers.

This will ensure all carers in crisis, regardless of where they live in Scotland, receive support.

This amendment would prevent a postcode lottery for support and service provision, whilst at the same time allowing local flexibility on what form that support takes.

Rhoda Grant has also tabled amendments on including future planning in Carers Plans and Young Carers Statements to make sure that carers will know where additional support would come from when they could no longer continue their caring role.


Scottish Government Spends Millions To Make Matters Worse

Highlands and Islands Scottish Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant is bemused as to why the Scottish Government spent millions of pounds on an IT system to help process payments to farmers that is even less efficient than the old system.

“The Scottish Government have spent £178 million pounds on a computer and IT system that, quite simply, does not appear up to the task,” she said

“The processing of Basic Farm Payments, that this system was to make more efficient, is seriously behind schedule.


More woeful figures on Far North Line

More figures have been revealed about the ‘woeful’ lack of service for passengers on the Far North Line with trains being ‘on time’ for only 49 out of 309 weekdays during 2014/2015.

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant asked a parliamentary question querying how many train services achieved 100% punctuality on the line between 15th December 2014 and 12th December 2015.

Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, answered that services were on time, i.e. within the 4 minutes 59 seconds of the booked time, on 49 days out of 309. The reply means services were late 84% of the time.

Last month Mrs Grant asked how many of the 309 weekday services on the line, between the same period, achieved 100% reliability.

The answer was that 216 days had no full cancellations, part-cancellations, or incidents where a train failed to stop where it should have stopped.

The figures highlight that nearly 30 per cent of the year was dogged by an unreliable service.


MSP welcomes choice of broadband supplier

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who has campaigned tirelessly for improved broadband services for a number of years, has said she is pleased that homes and businesses in Stornoway are finally getting to see improvement, including a choice of supplier.

Rhoda was contacted by a constituent recently who had been trying to access a superfast service from suppliers TalkTalk.

She raised the issue with TalkTalk and has now been told by the company that orders should be accepted on their website this week.


Rhoda Grant condemns Roosh V hatemongering, sexist meetings

Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has joined the growing number of voices condemning the organisation of, what are believed to be, sexist and hatemongering meetings throughout Scotland by the so-called pick-up artist, Roosh V.

Roosh V, a militant pro-rape pick-up artist, is planning to hold gatherings for his followers in Glasgow and Edinburgh on Saturday 6th February.

Speaking today, Rhoda said,

“ While free speech is the law in this country and I would never wish to impede upon this, I strongly believe that promoting rape is hate speech, and I would join with the large group of Women’s Organisations calling for this to be codified in law.

“RAPE Crisis Scotland, Engender, Scottish Women’s Aid, and The National are joining forces to call for the Scottish Government to introduce an offence of incitement of hatred against women.”


Rhoda Grant holds talks with Comhairle over Hillcrest

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who is Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Equalities, has spoken to the Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar about the proposed closure of the Hillcrest childrens’ home and respite centre in Stornoway.

The reports of the proposal to close the facility have left parents of children with additional support needs uncertain of their childrens’ future care provision and respite needs and left staff at the facility unsure of their futures.

Speaking today, Rhoda said,

“I have spoken to the Leader of the Comhairle, Angus Campbell, about the uncertainty and worry this proposed closure is causing to both parents and staff.