Dickson deeply disappointed after no trade unionists appointed to economic recovery group

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said he is “deeply disappointed” after no trade unionists were appointed to a group designed to help build the Northern Ireland economy. Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced the membership of the Economic Advisory Group last night. The 11-member panel of economists, CEOs, managing directors and others, but has no trade […]

Minister needs to prevent employers using furloughed wages to calculate redundancy pay, says Dickson

The Economy Minister needs to legislate to prevent employers giving staff redundancy pay calculated from furlough wages, Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said. The East Antrim MLA was speaking after Diane Dodds confirmed employers could use the wages they are paying furloughed staff – 80 per cent of contracted wages under the UK […]

Dickson frustrated by lack of detail from Economy Minister

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said he is becoming “increasingly frustrated” with the lack of detailed answers to questions supplied by Economy Minister Diane Dodds. Speaking after he received his latest round of questions aimed at answering the real concerns of the business community, Stewart said the disappointing responses left many searching for answers on […]

Social partnership needed to help economy recover from crisis, says Muir

A social partnership approach involving Government, businesses, trade unions and the third sector can help our economy recover from the COVID-19 crisis, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after the Assembly backed an amendment from his party calling for such an approach to the post-coronavirus recovery, while seeking a […]

Economy Minister needs to give details on support for taxi drivers, says Muir

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has urged the Economy Minister to give details on what financial support her Department can provide the taxi industry to get through the pandemic. The North Down MLA said guidance relating to social distancing requirements in taxis was also needed. He made the call after the Minister failed to […]

Muir: Budget must be about stimulating a sustainable recovery

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir has said that while the Coronavirus pandemic has transformed public finances for the foreseeable future, the right recovery strategy must be matched by financial security to back it up with a Regional Infrastructure Panel or Commission needed to secure swift delivery of capital investment projects. Mr Muir made the comments […]

Discretionary fund for excluded businesses should be established, says Muir

A discretionary fund to help businesses excluded from grant support should be established to help some companies and sole traders navigate the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. The North Down MLA said confirmation a number of businesses had been excluded from the Micro-business Hardship Fund set up […]