Muir: Spending shows scale of challenges that lie ahead

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the latest spending figures from the Department show the scale of challenges that lie ahead for the Executive. Mr Muir was speaking after the June Monitoring round was announced, in which the Finance Minister set out the money available to departments arising primarily from underspends last year, […]

PIP report outlines ‘systemic maladministration’, says Armstrong

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong welcomes the stark but well researched report by the NI Public Service Office (NIPSO) who have identified ‘systemic maladministration’ in the PIP system. After the new report highlighted significant failings in the system, Kellie – Vice Chair of the Communities committee, called on the Minister to urgently outline her planned actions […]

Hybrid meetings will open up electoral opportunities to more, says Armstrong

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has backed plans to see a return to hybrid meeting models for Council meetings across Northern Ireland. The Vice Chair of the Communities Committee was speaking as the Local Government Bill was given the go-ahead for accelerated passage through the Assembly, after the legislation ran out in early May. Kellie said: […]

Bradshaw welcomes draft Mental Health Strategy Consultation Report

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has welcomed the publication of the Consultation Report into the Mental Health Strategy. The South Belfast MLA said: “With the publication of the Consultation Report and widespread support for the general provisions of the draft Mental Health Strategy for the next decade, we should now proceed swiftly to implementation. “The […]

Those with responsibility must live up to it on women’s reproductive healthcare – Bradshaw

Paula Bradshaw MLA has warned that those with responsibility for women’s reproductive healthcare must now live up to that responsibility, after the announcement that the central access point to early medical abortion services operated by Informing Choices NI will be withdrawn from October. The South Belfast MLA stated: “The Board and staff of Informing Choices […]

Elective Care Framework establishes useful principles but lacks detail and ambition, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the content of the Elective Care Framework announced in the Assembly, but has cautioned there are major omissions which means it lacks detail and ambition. Health Minister Robin Swann said the £700 million plan would aim to have targeted investment and reform to ensure backlogs do not keep re-occurring. […]