• 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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Member’s Motions proposed by Rhoda

Parents Week

That the Parliament recognises the week beginning 20 October 2014 as Family Friendly Week, formerly known as Parents Week, and notes that it is a time of celebrating the contributions that parents make to society; further notes that the week highlights the resources that families have and the major issues facing families today; acknowledges the work of parents as part of their children’s learning and supports the efforts of parents to be involved in their local schools and education authorities as children achieve more when parents are more involved; understands that this year’s theme is Cook Together, Share Together, Laugh Together because of the importance of family quality time, and welcomes the work of the Family and Childcare Trust in increasing awareness of the problems faced by families today, including those of work-life balance and childcare as well as the huge part that parents play in society.


Rhoda Grant welcomes NHS Highland decision – contractors to pay Living Wage

Highland MSP and Shadow Minister for Wellbeing Rhoda Grant is welcoming news from NHS Highland that the Health Board is to require all contractors it commissions to pay their staff at minimum the “Living Wage,” currently £7.65 /hour.
Ms Grant commented:
“It is important that major employers and commissioners of public services take a lead in ensuring that workers are offered at least a Living Wage.”


Hospice and Respite Facilities for Young Disabled Adults

I, too, congratulate Jackie Baillie on bringing the debate to the chamber.
I think that we all recognise the difficulty of the transition from child to adult services, and we hear about it weekly at the Health and Sport Committee.
It is very difficult for someone with a chronic condition when the help, support and care that they are receiving stops altogether when they move from child to adult services. The situation is even worse for those with life-limiting conditions, for whom every day is precious, and who may have been used to receiving additional support as part of the services that are provided for children.