Minister must outline plan to provide protection from triple hit end of financial aid, says Armstrong

The Communities Minister must outline how individuals and families will be protected once a number of support provisions close at the end of September, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. Speaking as the “triple hit” of the end of the emergency notice to quit provision, contained in the Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Bill, the end […]

We should take lessons from tackling homelessness during pandemic, says Armstrong

The lessons of the response to the pandemic should be taken to help end rough sleeping in Northern Ireland, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. The Strangford MLA said the future Homelessness Strategy by the Housing Executive, due to be published next year, as well as various other agencies’ approaches to tackling the […]

Dickson voices dismay over Minister’s inability to accept share for consequences of Brexit on community schemes

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has voiced his dismay at the Economy Minister’s inability to accept his share of responsibility for the consequences of Brexit on funding for community schemes. Mr Dickson was speaking after asking Gordon Lyons for his assessment of the recently launched UK Community Renewal Fund and to detail the Department’s engagement with […]

Lavery says UVF facades attempt to intimidate residents

Alliance Lurgan Councillor Peter Lavery has said the erection of UVF facades on a building is simply an attempt to intimidate local residents. The signs, from the Mid-Ulster UVF and associated other paramilitaries, replaced facades of Edward Carson and the Somme among other historical events on the side of the Housing Executive property in Pollock […]

Attacks on culture are wrong, says Beaumont

All attacks on culture are wrong, Alliance Fermanagh and South Tyrone representative Matt Beaumont has said, as he condemned the depiction of an Orange man hanging and the burning of flags on bonfires. Speaking after the orange effigy had been removed, Matt said: “Everyone has the right to celebrate their culture and there is absolutely […]

Armstrong delighted after plans announced to stop six-month rule for those on benefits with terminal illness

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said she is delighted after the Communities Minister announced plans to stop the ‘six-month’ rule for people on benefits with a terminal illness. Under the current rules, certain benefits for those with a terminal illness can be fast-tracked if they can produce a doctor’s note saying they have six months […]

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: […]

Alliance to offer bereavement leave for employees affected by miscarriage and stillbirth, says Armstrong

Alliance is to offer bereavement leave for employees affected by miscarriage and stillbirth, Chief Whip Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking ahead of the latest stage of the Parental Bereavement Bill in the Assembly today (Monday). It aims to bring in statutory paid leave of two weeks for those who have suffered […]