Isles representatives welcome HIAL move to end non-essential flights

Reacting to news that HIAL will close its airports to non-essential flights, Alistair Carmichael MP and Beatrice Wishart MSP have given their reaction.

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Parliament urged to agree remote working or risk democracy

Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has called for Parliament to urgently adopt new remote working procedures to ensure that all constituencies are represented effectively during the coronavirus crisis.

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Prime Minister dodged commitment on self-employed – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, today asked for a commitment from the Prime Minister that self-employed people would not be any worse off than employed people under the Government’s economic proposals to mitigate the coronavirus. The Prime Minister responded but would not agree to the commitment.

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Offshore worker concerns during coronavirus outbreak highlighted by Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has pressed the Government on concerns around the safety and security of offshore workers. Speaking in the House Mr Carmichael raised questions following constituent correspondence on the issues.

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Electricity bill VAT moratorium needed to help struggling families – Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today called on the Chancellor to consider a moratorium on VAT charges for domestic electricity bills. The Government has already announced VAT measures for businesses and a cross-party group of MPs, led by Far North MP, Jamie Stone, has now written to the Chancellor to request further support for personal energy bills in light of the increase in working from home and self-isolation efforts.

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Carmichael joins letter on social care and disability support in Coronavirus Bill

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written a joint letter with other MPs voicing concerns about some measures in the emergency coronavirus Bill. The Bill currently relaxes the duty on local authorities to meet the social care needs of disabled people, risking leaving them behind at a time of crisis. MPs from the cross-party More United Network, alongside disability charity Inclusion London, are urging Secretary of State, Matt Hancock, to reconsider the removal of safeguards and protect the safety and rights of disabled people. Last night the Prime Minister announced further restrictions on movement in order to counter the spread of the virus.

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Carmichael calls for immediate action to support self-employed

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined a cross party group of MPs in writing a letter to the Chancellor calling for urgent action to support self-employed incomes. Concerns have been raised about a lack of action for the UK’s 5 million self-employed people. The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has launched legal action against the Government over the discrepancy in treatment between employees and other workers, arguing that the job retention scheme discriminates against the self-employed.

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Carmichael welcomes rule change for distillery hand sanitiser production

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has today welcomed news that following a rule change on alcohol duty, distilleries around the country are now able to produce hand sanitiser at reasonable prices to combat a national shortage due to the spread of coronavirus.

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Carmichael presses Government for assurances on cruise ship policy

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, pressed the Government today to confirm their policy on cruise ship arrivals during the coronavirus crisis. Questioning Home Office ministers, Mr Carmichael highlighted the specific concerns in the Northern Isles and received confirmation that the Government would follow the science to prevent unsafe practices by cruise ship operators.

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Start of broadband universal service scheme welcomed by Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the implementation today of the broadband universal service scheme. As of today, people throughout the UK have the legal right to request a decent and affordable broadband connection from BT.

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