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 expresses concern at length of time to establish long COVID treatment services here

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed concern at the length of time it is taking to set up specialist long COVID treatment services in Northern Ireland, after an announcement suggesting they will only be established in late October. It includes an assessment service for those with symptoms consistent with the infections which have […]

Bradshaw welcomes decrease in time between vaccine doses

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the imminent decrease in the time between vaccine doses to a maximum of eight weeks, as the share of the population having received first doses approaches 80 per cent. The Department of Health have confirmed the current gap will be reduced from 12 weeks, offering better protection […]

Exceptional funding will still be required for Health post-Pandemic – Bradshaw

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has warned exceptional funding will still be required for the health system after the pandemic, upon the second report of the NI Audit Office into COVID-19 spending. The South Belfast MLA said: “While noting that it comes both from the UK Treasury and the NI block grant, the total spend […]

Health Minister can show gratitude to carers by following up previous pledges, says Armstrong

The Health Minister can show gratitude for the work of carers during the pandemic by following up on previous pledges, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said.   Ms Armstrong was speaking as she brought a petition to the Assembly, calling on Robin Swann to support carers by reopening all respite and day centres across Northern […]

Dickson concerned Minister has no immediate plans to develop remote working strategy

We may see increased exploitation of employees and a decrease in the health and well-being of workers if the Economy Minister does not implement a remote working strategy, Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said. Mr Dickson said such a development would ensure the benefits of remote working are maximised and current employment rights […]

Bradshaw welcomes steps to maximise vaccination roll-out among younger people

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has welcomed the assurance Pfizer and Moderna vaccine supplies will suffice to complete the vaccination programme among younger adults. Ms Bradshaw was speaking after the JCVI said under-40s were to be offered the Pfizer jab as an alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine. People who have already received their first jab […]

Revitalising town and city centres will help Lagan Valley recover after the pandemic, Alliance representatives in the constituency have said

Councillor Sorcha Eastwood and Councillor David Honeyford, who have recently been selected as the party’s representatives in the area, said businesses across Lagan Valley will need help rebuilding as society seeks to come out of the COVID crisis.   “Myself and Councillor Honeyford have been engaging with businesses and traders across Lagan Valley over the […]