Economy Minister has questions to answer over planned schemes, says Dickson

The Economy Minister must outline her plans for the high street and tourism voucher schemes, given the new COVID restrictions, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. The party’s Economy spokesperson said the schemes, announced late last year, still had several questions outstanding. He has now written to Economy Minister Diane Dodds, seeking clarity. “The Finance […]

Dickson welcomes ‘wet pub’ support announcement but criticises delay

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed an announcement a support scheme for so-called ‘wet pubs’ will commence next week but said the delay has been a “long and distressing process”. Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced the roll-out of the scheme would begin on January 11. It will see pubs only serving alcohol which […]

Dickson expresses concern regarding parcel deliveries between NI and GB

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his concern parcel services between Northern Ireland and Great Britain are being disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. “Unfortunately, we still have a great deal of uncertainty facing us with regards to how the Protocol will function, and how Brexit will impact Northern Ireland. This is what has led […]

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 […]

Muir calls for introduction of gift card regulations in Northern Ireland

Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called for legislation on gift cards to be introduced in Northern Ireland to protect consumers, after it emerged Topshop, part of the Arcadia group, has introduced new rules restricting the use of vouchers for shoppers, having gone into administration. The Arcadia group of shops, which includes Topshop, Dorothy […]

Dickson urges Minister to stand up for fair redundancies for Debenhams and Arcadia workers

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has urged the Economy Minister to stand up for fair redundancies for those currently employed by Debenhams and the Arcadia Group. Debenhams stores are set to close, with Arcadia – owner of shops such as Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins – has gone into administration, putting thousands of jobs at risk. […]

Farry: Spending Review must help to build back better

North Down Alliance MP, Stephen Farry, has stressed the importance of strategically investing additional spend in the necessary transformation of society and the economy, after the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed many structural weaknesses. Mr Farry was speaking after the Spending Review statement from the UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on Wednesday. Stephen Farry said: “The Covid […]

Armstrong welcomes Covid-19 grant enhancement

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has welcomed news the current Covid-19 self-isolation grant is set to be enhanced. The Alliance Party’s Communities spokesperson was speaking after the Minister revealed the improved scheme will increase the daily allowance payable and extend the number of days for which a grant can be awarded. She said: “Whilst Northern Ireland […]