• 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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Work Your Proper Hours Day

Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant a former Union Official is backing Unite the Union’s campaign on Work Your Proper Hours Day 2015 , as the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and start earing for themselves.

It is estimated that around five million working people across the UK regularly undertake unpaid overtime, providing employers with more that £28billion worth of free work each financial year.


Rhoda Grant Calls for “Mothballing” of former Dingwall Sheriff Court

Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant is calling for the “Mothballing” of the former Dingwall Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court building in the Ross-Shire Capital.

Dingwall Sheriff Court was officially disestablished at the end of January this year by Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood as part of the Scottish Government’s £4million cut in funding to the Scottish Courts Service.

All business previously handled in Dingwall has now been transferred to Inverness Sheriff and Justice of the Peace court.


Motions proposed and supported by Rhoda

Disability Hate Crime—That the Parliament notes the Keep Safe initiative in Renfrewshire, which it understands is the first of its kind in Scotland and aims to support and encourage disabled, vulnerable and older people to keep safe and enjoy day-to-day life without fear of abuse and harassment; understands that Police Scotland works to train local businesses and public services to join the initiative and become a Keep Safe premises, whereby those businesses signed up to the initiative agree to support and help people by providing a safe place for them to go if they are lost, scared or if they are the victim of crime; believes that these businesses are easily identified as a Keep Safe premises by means of the Keep Safe window sticker; notes that disabled, vulnerable and older people are offered a Keep Safe Card to carry; recognises that disability hate crime is a crime when it is “perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by malice or ill will based on a person’s disability or perceived disability”; notes that Keep Safe is a Police Scotland-led initiative developed in partnership with the Renfrewshire community group, I Am Me, which raises awareness of disability hate crime, working in partnership with PACE Theatre Company, and congratulates all those involved in these initiatives.


Dental Service Re-design A Further Move Towards A Poorer Health Service  - Rhoda

ighlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has written to the Scottish Government asking why they are demanding that dental patients in the Highlands transfer from NHS dentists to private practitioners.

“The Scottish Government claim that there is too high a proportion of patients in the NHS Highland registered with dentists employed by the NHS,” said Mrs Grant.

“The reason for this is obvious,” Mrs Grant continued.

“With so many rural and remote communities, it is difficult to find private dentists to register with.


Rhoda comments on the NHS bed-blocking issue in NHS Highland

Highlands & Islands MSP and Shadow Minister for Sport and Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant has said that the Scottish Government really need to address the bed blocking issue to release pressure on the NHS.

Speaking today she said, “ The BBC reports that an average of 1,216 beds per day were blocked in Scotland during the festive period. In the NHS Highland area, between 15 December 2014 and 8 January 2015 ( 25 days ) there were 3076 cases of beds being blocked and every single day over this period there were in well in excess of 100 cases.


Highland Labour MSPs Praise Lochaber Hope

Highland s and Islands MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart visited Lochaber Hope in Fort William whilst undertaking constituency visits last Friday (20th February) to hear first hand about the work being undertaken by the organisation from Project Manager, Alyson Smith.

Lochaber Hope was established in 2005 to serve the local community and has gone from strength to strength over nearly a decade in operation.