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 […]

Preparations must be advanced for vaccinations from age 12+, says Bradshaw

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said the UK Government’s announcement it is extending vaccinations to all those aged 16+ demonstrates why preparations must be rapidly advanced for offering vaccines to all teenagers in Northern Ireland. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after approval was given from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation […]

Muir welcomes Executive commitment to Infrastructure Commission

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has welcomed the Executive’s commitment to establishing an Infrastructure Commission in the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Last year a Ministerial Advisory Panel established by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon recommended the establishment of a commission, similar to a body which already exists in Scotland. It is designed to set a 30-year […]

Dickson welcomes high street voucher scheme but says questions remain

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed an announcement the high street voucher scheme will finally open in September. Economy Minister Gordon Lyons made the announcement after revealing the contract had been awarded to Prepaid Financial Service. The £145 million scheme is expected to open to everyone aged 18 and over, who will be […]

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 says urgent action needed to support local travel agents

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has called on some Executive Departments to take urgent action to support local travel agents, who have been impacted severely by the pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions. East Antrim MLA Mr Dickson held a meeting with the Association of Northern Ireland Travel Agents today, alongside Alliance colleague John Blair MLA, to […]

Greater clarity needed on vaccines for 12-17 year olds, says Bradshaw

Greater clarity is needed from the UK Government on advice it is receiving from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) concerning vaccinations for teenagers, Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said. The UK Government’s Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the JCVI has recommended children who are either almost 18, vulnerable or who […]

Bradshaw concerned about outcomes of review into RQIA board resignations

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has expressed concerns about the outcome of a review into resignations of the board of the watchdog responsible for oversight of care homes, especially the broader comments regarding governance overall. The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) saw its board resign en masse last June, claiming they were not […]

Questions remain to be answered over Runwood Homes profit, says McGrath

Questions remain to be answered after Runwood Homes made an almost £20 million profit despite receiving public money to support it during the worst of the pandemic, Alliance Councillor Julian McGrath has said. The company, which operated Glenabbey Care Home in Glengormley, received £2 million in government grants, while accruing a profit of £19.8 million […]