Carmichael reacts to Conservative tax hike on workers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has denounced today’s announcement from the government of a 1.25% hike on National Insurance to pay for new social care commitments. While recognising the need for social care reforms, Mr Carmichael voiced concerns that the tax rise is regressive, falling as much on low paid workers as the wealthy, and amounted to a transfer of wealth from the young to the old.

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Carmichael reacts to analysis of Universal Credit cut in Orkney and Shetland

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has responded to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s analysis of the impact to Orkney and Shetland of the planned £20 cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit.

Scheduled for 6th October, this will be the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the foundation of the modern welfare state and will impact around 5 ½ million families.

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Carmichael condemns news of £45m delivery charge injustice

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today commented on the news that Scots are paying as much as £44.8m more than other parts of the UK due to unfair delivery charges, reiterating his call for tax incentives for companies to provide a universal service charge similar to Royal Mail. A briefing from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (Spice) has put the extra cost at £44.8m, with the north and north-east most affected.

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Carmichael condemns October energy price cap rise

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned the news today that energy regulator Ofgem will allow the energy price cap to rise by £139 in October. Regulator Ofgem has said that the price cap for default domestic energy deals would be raised to cover suppliers' extra costs due to changes in wholesale energy prices.

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Carmichael welcomes cross party consensus in Highland and Island jobs summit

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the positive outcome of the Highlands and Islands Jobs Summit organised by Prospect today. MPs, MSPs and council representatives from all parties and none joined the meeting this afternoon to discuss next steps in countering attempts by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited to centralise jobs out of the isles and rural communities. Attendees agreed to continue working together to secure the best possible outcome for the Highlands and Islands. The group will continue to meet and will seek a collective meeting with Scottish government ministers.

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Carmichael welcomes relaxation of Covid rules in Scotland but condemns vaccine passport “flip-flop”

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed news today that Scotland will move “beyond level zero” on Covid restrictions. Changes announced today by the First Minister mean that most restrictions on social distancing and on businesses will be removed next Monday, 9th August, but indoor mask wearing will still be mandated, along with Test and Protect registration in hospitality venues. Clubs and large venues will be allowed to reopen, many for the first time since the pandemic began.

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Carmichael calls for all parties to join Highlands and Islands Jobs Summit

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed the upcoming “jobs summit” this Thursday to discuss the impact of HIAL’s planned relocation of air traffic control jobs to Inverness, organised with the union Prospect and Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil. The summit will take place remotely on Thursday at 2pm. All Highlands and Islands MPs and MSPs have been invited, along with local council leaders.

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Carmichael backs RNLI after political attacks

Orkney and Shetland MP and Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael, has today put his full support behind the RNLI in its remit to help those in danger at sea after it was criticised by some media figures and politicians for rescuing migrants in boats in the English Channel. The RNLI has been forced to defend itself and its role to protect all in danger, regardless of nationality, after Nigel Farage labelled the charity a “taxi service” for asylum seekers and reports emerged that lifeboat crews were being heckled by members of the public.

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Carmichael calls on Fisheries Minister to meet with isles fishermen

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today written to the Fisheries Minister, Victoria Prentis, calling for her to meet with fishing industry representatives, either virtually or in the isles, following the post-Brexit fisheries debate held earlier this month. Mr Carmichael made the call while holding constituency surgeries in Whalsay in Shetland, a major fishing hub which has been significantly impacted by post-Brexit disruption as well as longstanding problems with safety caused by gillnetters.

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Self-employed support scheme final round approaches – Carmichael urges businesses to apply

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on all eligible self-employed workers in the isles to make sure that they apply for funds from the fifth and (expected) final round of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The fifth round of funding, covering May to September 2021, opens this week and will aim to replace a portion of profits lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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