Rehabilitation of Prisoners

Rehabilitation is a vital component of our prison system. Jamie asked the Minister what his department is doing to encourage businesses to offer work placements as a part of rehabilitation programs.

Wick Tax Office

Last week the Government announced that they would be condensing 170 HMRC offices to 13 regional hubs. The two Scottish ones will be in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This will be a huge distance for people living and working in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. With important ports such as Scrabster and Wick in the Far North it would surely make more sense to simply reopen the Wick tax office.

Local Government Funding

Last week Jamie asked the Minister whether the settlement from the treasury to the Scottish Government accurately reflects the needs of Scottish local government. The Highland Council faces sparse populations, huge distances and high costs of services and goods making it very difficult to run the council cheaply.

EU Funding in the Highlands

Yesterday Jamie asked the Prime Minister what would happen to EU funding in the Highlands if we left the EU. £400 per person per year of EU funding which would be lost and the PM couldn't give a solid answer on what would replace this.

In these uncertain times it is his job to make the argument that in the past this funding was crucial and that in the future it must be continued pound for pound. As far as Jamie is concerned the Prime Minister’s so-called deal would leave us worse off. Perhaps this is why she so obviously failed to answer the question.

However it's great that the Speaker appreciates just how beautiful our constituency is, and Jamie would welcome him to come and visit soon!

Banks and Post Offices

Rather than closing Post Offices we should be encouraging one-stop banking to move into their facilities. This way customers would benefit from more services rather than less.

Scottish Liberal Democrats have been proposing community banking hubs where banks could pool resources together thereby ensuring services can remain open and Post Offices would be the ideal place for this to happen.

A Stone in Westminster

It's been a big week in Parliament this week, although next week is likely to be even bigger! Brexit has once again dominated but its not the only thing that's been going on. Watch Jamie's round up here.

Post Office Closures

Post Office closures are really damaging to local communities, especially in rural areas. If Post Office facilities are being moved to other retail sites such as newsagents we must make sure the new location can offer all necessary services.

Jamie again raised this issue in the House of Commons and will to continue to work to ensure the voices of his constituents are not ignored.

Universal Credit and Financial Compensation

As Universal Credit is rolled out at a national level and its flaws become apparent, flaws that were ignored when pointed out by people in the Highlands, it is only natural justice that Highland people who have lost out under the new system should be considered for compensation for all that they have undergone.

Drones at Gatwick

Yesterday Jamie asked the Secretary of State for Transport what he is doing to encourage international cooperation when it comes to drones.

What happened at Gatwick over Christmas was not only incredibly stressful for those affected but shows the need for increased drone regulation and for improved counter-drone technology to protect airports and other strategic assets.

Last Stone in Westminster 2018

My last Westminster update for 2018. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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