Armstrong questions when community and voluntary sector fund will be made available

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has questioned when a multi-million pound fund designed to support the community and voluntary sector will be made to available to organisations to help them through the pandemic. The Department of Finance’s Dormant Accounts Fund takes money from dormant bank and building societies to support capacity and sustainability in the third […]

Farry concerned over UK Government’s mixed messaging on lockdown

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MP has said he is concerned the UK Government’s mixed messaging over the pandemic lockdown will only cause confusion in Northern Ireland. Dr Farry was speaking after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government’s slogan in England would now be ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’. “While taking into […]

Developing agritourism industry will help rural economy recover from pandemic, says Blair

Helping a local agritourism industry develop and grow will help the rural economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Alliance Agriculture spokesperson John Blair MLA has said. Agritourism involves structured farm stays, experiences and visits and is an addition to selling produce, holding educational visits and other forms of entertainment. South Antrim MLA […]

Solution needed for families without bank account to receive free school meal payment, says Lyttle

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said alternative methods of payment must be found for families unable to access free school meal payments during the coronavirus pandemic due to lack of a bank account. Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, has raised the matter with Education Minister Peter Weir and questioned the […]

Financial allocation for hospices welcome, but not enough, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has warned the multi-million pound allocation to hospices and the Cancer Fund for Children will not suffice to cover the needs of the charitable sector to fill gaps at this time. The £6.75 million package announced by the Department of Finance is designed to help support local hospices with […]

Armstrong welcomes plan for priority shopping slots to go to those shielding

Alliance Communities spokesperson, Kellie Armstrong MLA, has welcomed a way forward for those with shielding letters from their GP to be able to access priority online shopping delivery slots. The Access to Food programme has been organised by the Departments for Communities and Health, with the Health and Social Care Boards, allowing those with shielding […]

Financial assistance need for health professionals in independent practice, says Muir

A package of assistance needs to be given to health professionals in independent practice unable to access business grant schemes, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. North Down MLA Mr Muir, alongside colleague Paula Bradshaw MLA, has written to Economy Minister Diane Dodds and Health Minister Robin Swann calling for financial help for the likes […]

Muir welcomes financial package for local airports

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir has welcomed the announcement of a £5.7 million support package for Northern Ireland’s airports as the Coronavirus crisis continues. The MLA for North Down described it as an “an important intervention” to help local airports as the pandemic continues. He said: “I welcome this important intervention to ensure local Airports […]