• 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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MSP steps in to try and save tourist bus route

Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant has stepped into the row over the cancellation of bus services this summer to Fort George and Cawdor Castle.

Speaking this afternoon she said,

“I understand that last year the service was provided by Stagecoach Bus, however, lack of demand is being cited as the reason why it is not viable for them to run this service this year”.

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Scottish Government Must Take Action, Warm Words Don’t Heat Homes

Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant has hit out at the “staggering” number of people in the Western Isles who are living in fuel poverty.

A recent survey by Western Isles based organisation The Energy Advisory Service has found that the numbers of islanders who are living in fuel poverty is rising at an alarming pace.

The survey found that seven out of ten people on the islands are living in fuel poverty.

Any household that spends more than 10% of their income on fuel is defined as living in fuel poverty.

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Fuel Poverty – Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

Our target to eradicate fuel poverty now seems like a fantasy.
The Scottish Government has consistently cut fuel poverty funding and underspends that even smaller budget.
It has shown no commitment to tackling fuel poverty, and that is all the more inexplicable when fuel poverty is on the increase due to the higher costs of fuel and the decreases in wages throughout our community.

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Motions proposed by Rhoda Grant in the Scottish Parliament

Protect, Immunise—That the Parliament welcomes European Immunization Week 2014 on 22 to 26 April; considers that, while there has been considerable progress over the last 30 years in implementing immunisation programmes, there is still more progress to be made; understands that nearly one million people in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region do not receive basic vaccinations and are more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases that continue to cause illness, disability and even death; notes that optimal protection requires vaccination uptake rates to be as high as 95%; expresses concern regarding the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s recent measles and rubella monitoring report, which shows that 1,900 cases of measles were reported in the UK from January to December 2013; understands that some of the non-immunised population belong to hard-to-reach groups that lack information about the importance and availability of vaccination; further understands that more new immunisation resources were released during 2013 than in any other year, including the publication of WHO’s Guide to Tailoring Immunization Programmes, which is designed to identify susceptible populations, determine barriers to vaccination and implement evidence-based interventions and the profile of European Immunization Week in the media, and hopes that the informational activities carried out by EU member states during European Immunization Week 2014 will help to address challenges regarding immunisation in the UK.