Farry gives qualified welcome to new economic measures, but says gaps remain

A number of gaps remain following the Chancellor’s announcement around the UK Government’s pandemic economy plan, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. Dr Farry was speaking after Rishi Sunak said a Jobs Support Scheme would replace the furlough scheme, meaning workers would get three-quarters of their regular salaries for six months. The North Down MP, […]

Armstrong says pandemic may kill arts here unless financial package released

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said the pandemic could kill off the arts in Northern Ireland unless a multi-million-pound rescue package is released. The £33 million for theatres, arts, music venues and museums was given to the Executive during the summer. However, the money has still to be released. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong […]

Dickson disappointed by Minister during Excluded meeting but retains hope for progress on issue

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has described as “disappointing” a meeting with the Economy Minister regarding traders excluded from her grant schemes, but said he hopes progress will still be made in achieving parity for them. Mr Dickson was speaking after meeting with Diane Dodds, alongside members of the Excluded NI group. The organisation […]

Northern Ireland’s youth are being denied opportunities, says Eastwood

Alliance Councillor Sorcha Eastwood has said a youth employment scheme is urgently needed in Northern Ireland, after young people across the rest of Great Britain start benefiting from similar schemes today. The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor on July 8, allowing young people a chance at gaining work and experience, while young people […]

Dickson calls on Minister to act to protect workers’ redundancy pay

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has called on the Economy Minister to act urgently to protect workers facing redundancy, as the Government in London has confirmed it will legislate to ensure redundancy is calculated on the basis of contractual pay, rather than furlough pay. Mr Dickson commented: “I have been aware of this issue […]

Executive must allocate additional funds without delay

Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said an additional £600 million allocated to Northern Ireland to fight effects of the pandemic must be allocated without delay, as too many people continue to suffer the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Muir was speaking after the additional money was confirmed, expressing concern that with no […]