Carmichael joins urgent cross-party call to extend self-employed support

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined a cross-party letter to the Chancellor including over 100 MPs, asking that the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) be extended. In the letter MPs welcome the support given to date, but note that while the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is confirmed to continue until November, SEISS is currently scheduled to end this weekend. The scheme has so far supported over 2 million self-employed workers, with claims so far to the value of £6bn.

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Latest Northern Isles unemployment claimant figures are a warning not to be ignored— Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has responded to the latest unemployment claimant figures which show a doubling in claimants for April by comparison to the previous year in the Northern Isles.  The figures published show 825 claimants in Orkney and Shetland as of April 2020, representing 3% of the 16-64 population.  This figure is 430 higher than April last year and an increase of 260 from March.  The equivalent claimant rate for the UK was 5.1%.

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Only essential travel to the isles the right message – Wishart and Carmichael respond to Sturgeon announcement

Isles representatives, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP, have today welcomed a reminder from the First Minister that people should not visit the Scottish islands except for essential travel.

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Cummings must resign or be dismissed – Carmichael

Comment from Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, on actions by UK Government adviser Dominic Cummings:

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Unacceptable legal limbo for “vital” EU citizens — Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned news that hundreds of EU citizens in the Northern Isles are still awaiting proper confirmation of their settled status. Official figures revealed by the Liberal Democrats show that approximately 60 EU citizens in Orkney and 200 in Shetland remain in legal limbo over their settled status, either through having only been granted pre-settled status or having had no response to their application. Media reports have suggested that Home Office staff cannot access paperwork held in offices due to inefficient home working procedures.

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Carmichael calls for answers on status of self-catering providers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for answers on the government’s position regarding support for self-catering providers. Writing following previous correspondence on the issue, Mr Carmichael highlighted the gaps in support and the concerns raised by the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers in an open letter sent last month, which remains unanswered by the government.

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Carmichael and Chamberlain urge Scottish Secretary to support remote representation

Former Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael MP, and member of the Scottish Affairs Committee, Wendy Chamberlain MP, have today written to the Scottish Secretary, Alister Jack, urging him to support the continuation of remote working procedures for Parliament in light of coronavirus. The Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, has stated that Parliament must return to physical proceedings at the start of June, but MPs from all parties have voiced concern about the potential impact on representation.

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More time needed for trade negotiations to avoid “double whammy” for communities – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the government to rethink its opposition to an extension of trade talks with the EU in light of the coronavirus crisis. Speaking via video in the House of Commons, Mr Carmichael highlighted the economic fragility caused by coronavirus and the risk of further damage if the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal at the end of this year.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Carmichael calls for four-nations action plan to support frontline workers

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the UK and devolved governments to work together on a shared action plan to support the mental health of frontline workers during the coronavirus crisis. Speaking remotely in Parliament, Mr Carmichael highlighted the renewed importance of governments setting an example during Mental Health Awareness Week and the value of a four-nations plan to boost cooperation.

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IDAHOBIT an important reminder of UK duty to support LGBTI+ rights – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has backed a cross-party parliamentary motion recognising the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Interphobia, which falls this Sunday 17 May 2020.  The motion recognises the violence and discrimination that the LGBTI+ SOGIESC communities continue to face worldwide and highlights inequalities among marginalised groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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