Delays in Inquiries Fatal Accident Inquiries “Unacceptable” – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael today raised the cases of the five-and-a-half year delay so far in holding a fatal accident inquiry into the 2013 Super Puma helicopter crash off Sumburgh Head in Shetland.

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Carmichael challenges online Universal Credit policy

Alistair Carmichael, Northern Isles MP, has today challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd, over the policy decision to only accept applications for universal credit online. The challenge came after recent research from Which?, that showed that Orkney had once again received the worst internet speeds in the country, with Shetland in second bottom place.

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Retrospective Loan Charge changes move the “goal posts” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has challenged the Treasury to change their approach on the retrospective nature of changes to rules around Loan Charges. The loan charge scandal centres around HMRC advising individuals that a method of accepting loans was lawful, when they later decided it was not. HMRC are now seeking back payment, meaning many now face bankruptcy after following the rules as HMRC told them they were.

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Settled Status Scheme not thought through - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today challenged the Home Secretary over the practicality of the residency requirement for EU citizens who the Government intends to force to apply for Settled Status as the UK leaves the EU. The current residency rules require EU citizens to have lived in the UK for a continuous period of five years, with no fewer than six months being spent in the UK in each of those 12 month periods.

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Northern Isles parliamentarians respond to Which? findings on broadband speeds

Orkney and Shetland’s MSP and MP, Tavish Scott and Alistair Carmichael have reacted to a Which? report showing that Orkney has the slowest and Shetland has the second slowest broadband speeds of any area in Scotland by repeating calls for the UK and Scottish Governments to prioritise future investment in the islands.

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Words will bring little comfort to Kurdish people – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael today called on the Secretary of State to do more to support the UK’s Kurdish allies, and to help protect them from Russia and Turkey’s growing influence in the region.

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Northern Isles continue to lag behind – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has responded to the Ofcom Connecting Nations report which was published this morning. The report shows that Orkney and Shetland continue to lag behind, with around two in three homes having access to superfast broadband compared to more than nine in ten homes across Scotland. Additionally the report shows that 21% of residents in Shetland and 28% of residents in Orkney do not yet have access to the Universal Service Obligation level of 10 Mbps, which comes into force from 2020.

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Mobile improvements and investment must reach Northern Isles - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland has challenged the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Wright QC MP, over the lack of mobile phone signal in rural communities.

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“UK’s last Fisheries Council must work for our fleets” warns Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today spoke at the annual debate on fisheries ahead of the December council of the Common Fisheries Policy, which will agree quota levels for the year ahead. Mr. Carmichael used the debate to warn ministers of the challenges faced by the fleet.

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She bravely takes the blows but ‘Rocky’ May is really on the ropes

One of the more improbable lines doing the rounds at the moment in the House of Commons tea room is that when it comes to making “Brexit, the Movie” Theresa May will have to be played by Sylvester Stallone.

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