Executive must be ready to support businesses through turbulent winter, says Muir

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the Economy Minister must provide a detailed strategy on how businesses will be supported through an expected turbulent winter period. Speaking during an Assembly debate on Tuesday, Mr Muir said the strategy published to date “doesn’t cut the mustard”, adding that businesses were now in need of […]

Executive should be given necessary financial support, say Alliance MLAs

The Executive should be given the necessary financial support and flexibilities to enable to adequately respond to any increased public restrictions, Alliance MLAs have said. Andrew Muir MLA and Stewart Dickson MLA were speaking after asking Finance Minister Conor Murphy and Economy Minister Diane Dodds about the matter. While the Executive has not decided on […]

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 […]