Alliance MLAs have co-signed an Assembly recall petition to address planned school re-openings next week

Education Spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has again reiterated calls for a phased return to schools in January, an issue he pushed the Minister on just last week during a special sitting of the Assembly. Mr Lyttle – Chair of the Education Committee – added: “We are in a serious situation, and one which the Education […]

Many arts venues caught in Catch-22 over funding, say Armstrong

Many arts venues are caught in a ‘Catch-22’ situation and are unable to access funding without paying for health and safety equipment ahead of time, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. The Strangford MLA was speaking after receiving a reply from the Department for Communities regarding the Health and Safety Capital grant, which is administered […]

Finance Minister needs to urgently provide financial support for licensed premises at sports clubs, says Muir

The Finance Minister needs to urgently provide financial support for licensed premises at sports clubs, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after enquiring about the eligibility of premises operated by and contained within sports clubs under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme. The response from Conor Murphy stated such premises […]

Confidence in Minister’s approach to school restart critically low, says Lyttle

Confidence in the Education Minister’s approach to school restart is critically low, Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said. Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, was speaking after Peter Weir gave a statement to the Assembly following the threat of a recall petition by Mr Lyttle. The Minister outlined plan for remote […]

Pressures across the Health Service have been exposed: Bradshaw

The Alliance Party’s Health Spokesperson has said the pressures across our health service have again been laid bare – this time in Antrim. She said: “My heart goes out to those patients who have spent hours awaiting admission and treatment at Antrim Area Hospital, while in pain and discomfort. “The pressures felt right across our […]

Lyttle questions Education Minister over refusal to cancel or significantly change exam assessments

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle has questioned the Education Minister about what level of disruption to pupils caused by the pandemic is he willing to accept before cancelling or significantly altering assessments of GCSE, AS-Level and A-Level grades in 2021. East Belfast MLA Mr Lyttle was speaking after Peter Weir announced minor changes for those […]

Muir calls for Supermarket rates relief returns to be used to support local businesses

Alliance Finance spokesperson, Andrew Muir MLA, has called for the millions of pounds set to be returned by supermarkets to be used as part of a local recovery fund dedicated to supporting local jobs, skills and businesses. Last week, a number of large national supermarkets and discounters announced that they would return the rates relief […]

Education Minister should have planned for early school closure, says Lyttle

Alliance Education spokesperson Chris Lyttle MLA has said the Education Minister should have planned for early school closure for Christmas. Mr Lyttle, Chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, was speaking after the Minister attended the Committee to be quizzed by MLAs on the issue. Several schools have said pupils will not be marked absent if […]

Alliance representatives call on Ministers to agree support package for taxi drivers and operators

Alliance representatives have called on the Economy and Infrastructure Ministers to urgently agree a support package for taxi drivers and operators in need of assistance during the pandemic. Andrew Muir MLA and Stewart Dickson MLA were speaking after meetings of the Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committees today (Wednesday) where the issue was discussed. A support […]