Carmichael: Cuts to bereavement benefits are callous and cruel

Alistair Carmichael, Orkney and Shetland MP, has today hit out at the UK Government’s proposed changes to bereavement benefits, branding them "callous and cruel."

From April 2017 the Bereavement Support Payment replaces the three-tier system of Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent's Allowance. However, experts have warned that under the new rules families could be thousands of pounds worse off.

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“Industrial Strategy may offer way ahead for renewable energy” Carmichael tells Wave and Tidal Conference

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, yesterday told delegates at the UK’s 2017 Wave and Tidal Energy Conference that renewable energy had the opportunity to thrive, if the Government’s industrial strategy did the right things. Mr. Carmichael spoke and answered questions with other MPs at the event.  As well as speaking about the leading role that Orkney has taken in the industry he drew delegates' attention to the future role that marine renewables could play.

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“Guantanamo Bay makes us all less safe” – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today called for the UK Government to clarify whether it will support Guantanamo Bay remaining open in the aftermath of the news that Jamal Al-Harith, who was held and tortured in the detention camp for two years, without charge, had become radicalised and joined ISIL, and committed a suicide attack in Mosul earlier this month.

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Trump State Visit Makes UK Look “Desperate and Craven” - Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, spoke out against the Trump state visit in a debate on the Public petition against the visit.

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“Home Secretary can and must do more for unaccompanied child refugees” says Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, today demanded further action from the Home Secretary to ensure Britain takes unaccompanied child refugees where they have families in the UK. Speaking about the Dublin regulations, a set of EU rules which determine the member state responsible for an asylum application process, Mr. Carmichael asked the Home Secretary to use the discretionary sections to ensure that any refugees with families in the UK could be reunited.

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Carmichael Secures debate on Rural Broadband

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has secured a debate on the rollout of superfast broadband on rural communities. The debate is scheduled for 21 February 2017.

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Carmichael Tells Commons of Importance of EU Nationals To Life In The Isles

Speaking in the Commons yesterday evening Alistair Carmichael MP demanded that the government should guarantee the rights of EU migrants in communities across the UK to be given the right to remain following the exit of Britain from the European Union.

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Carmichael Sponsors Fair Fuel Bill in Commons

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has welcomed the introduction of a “Fair Fuel Bill” in the House of Commons.   The bill which would require petrol stations to show customers how much of the cost per litre was made up in taxes was introduced by Conservative MP, Peter Aldous, but is supported by MPs of all parties.

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“Industrial strategy must work for the whole country” - Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael,  has challenged the Government to ensure that their industrial strategy launched this week works  for island communities and not just towns and cities.

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VAT Cut Needed To Boost Tourism – Carmichael

Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, has stepped up pressure on the UK Government to implement a cut in VAT to support the Tourism Industry in Orkney and Shetland.

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