Carmichael backs Right of Return for Chagos Islanders

Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael today backed the Chagos Islanders’ right to return to their home if they wish to.

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Carmichael welcomes Government response to call for action on Seafarers pay

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael today managed to secure Government support to look into changing the law to prevent companies from paying their staff less than the minimum wage. The practice, which is common in the North Sea, sees people paid as little as £3.66 an hour according to the RMT on lines which are funded by the Scottish Government.

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Child Poverty too high in parts of Orkney and Shetland says Carmichael

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for more action to end child poverty in the Northern Isles in response to figures published by the End Child Poverty Coalition. In total 1,044 children across Orkney and Shetland were in poverty.

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Carmichael Challenges Government for action on seafarers' pay

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has demanded Government action over the lack of enforcement action against companies which pay their staff less than the minimum wage. The practice sees people paid as little as £3.66 an hour according to the transport union, RMT. On lines which are funded by the Scottish Government Mr. Carmichael described the practice as “outrageous.”

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Carmichael warns of threat to Symbister Post Office

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has warned that Symbister on Whalsay risks being left without a Post Office unless Post Office Management adopts a flexible attitude to its management. Mr. Carmichael delivered his warning ahead of a meeting in London next week with the Post Office Director with responsibility for this.

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Carmichael calls for action on Seafarers' Pay and Conditions

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the Government to clamp down on loopholes in employment law which allow ship owners to pay less than the minimum wage and which are leading to job losses amongst British merchant seafarers.

 

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Carmichael wants National Audit Office investigation of Concentrix contract

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the National Audit Office (NAO) to investigate the decision by HM Revenue and Customs to award a contract to the controversial American outsourcing firm Concentrix.  

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Carmichael Calls for Government to Abandon Human Rights Act Changes

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, called on the Government to abandon their “incoherent” plans to abolish the Human Rights Act

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Carmichael challenges Government to take more refugees

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has called for the Home Secretary to increase the number of refugees admitted to the UK for their safety. This comes after the UK government announced that it had already identified 20,000 local authority places for refugees, the number it is supposed to reach by 2020. 

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Government tax return proposals still too onerous for rural businesses – Carmichael

Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has said the government needs to further consider the effect that introducing digital tax returns will have on businesses with poor broadband connectivity.

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