McGrath reminds people of local school uniform support scheme

Alliance Councillor Julian McGrath has reminded local people there is support locally to avoid getting into debt over school uniforms, with an official scheme in place for the second year running. Brought forward by Alliance to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, the uniform scheme benefits all who need it. Alderman McGrath encouraged all those considering […]

Dickson welcomes high street voucher scheme but says questions remain

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed an announcement the high street voucher scheme will finally open in September. Economy Minister Gordon Lyons made the announcement after revealing the contract had been awarded to Prepaid Financial Service. The £145 million scheme is expected to open to everyone aged 18 and over, who will be […]

Questions remain to be answered over Runwood Homes profit, says McGrath

Questions remain to be answered after Runwood Homes made an almost £20 million profit despite receiving public money to support it during the worst of the pandemic, Alliance Councillor Julian McGrath has said. The company, which operated Glenabbey Care Home in Glengormley, received £2 million in government grants, while accruing a profit of £19.8 million […]

Muir: Spending shows scale of challenges that lie ahead

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said the latest spending figures from the Department show the scale of challenges that lie ahead for the Executive. Mr Muir was speaking after the June Monitoring round was announced, in which the Finance Minister set out the money available to departments arising primarily from underspends last year, […]

Muir criticises Executive Office for failure to take key decisions

Alliance North Down MLA Andrew Muir has criticised the Executive Office for failing to move forward on a number of significant issues. Highlighting the concerns of post-RHI reform and the removal of flammable cladding from high-rise buildings, Mr Muir, the Party’s Finance Spokesperson, said there was “no excuse” to continue blocking these decisions Mr Muir […]

MLAs call for clarity around bonus payment for carers

Alliance MLAs have called for further clarity for a one-off bonus payment to carers in recognition of their work throughout the pandemic. Earlier this year, Health Minister Robin Swann announced health workers would receive a special payment as a mark of thanks for work carried out during the COVID-19 crisis. The Minister stated at the […]

Muir calls for Cost of Division to be top priority for Fiscal Council

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has welcomed the establishment of a Fiscal Council for Northern Ireland with a Fiscal Commission also to commence specific programme of work. The Fiscal Council was announced recently by the Finance Minister will be a permanent, independent body charged with bringing transparency and scrutiny to the Executive Finances. Mr […]