Urgent measures needed to support households through cost of living crisis, says Muir, as Alliance releases policy proposals

Urgent measures must be taken by the Assembly and Westminster to support households through the cost of living crisis, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said. North Down MLA Mr Muir was speaking as Alliance launched a series of proposals aimed at addressing the cost of living crisis. It includes a home heating support grant voucher […]

Three-year Budget would give certainty for public services, says Muir

A three-year Budget for Northern Ireland would give certainty for delivery of public services, allowing planning and rebuilding to take place, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking as the second stage of the Budget Bill took place in the Assembly today (Wednesday), which gives government Departments just 45 per […]

Muir says draft Budget proposals may mean Departments not being able to fund essential services

The proposals in the draft Budget may lead to Departments not being able to fund essential services, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking after the three-year plan was announced to be going to public consultation from next week. Mr Muir said while that was a welcome move, Alliance could […]

Local projects could benefit from money intended for ‘Boris bridge,’ says Muir, after report confirms costs impossible to justify

A number of local infrastructure projects could benefit from the money intended for a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland, Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said, after a Government-commissioned report said the costs would be impossible to justify. The official report by Sir Peter Hendy said the cost of building a bridge could be as […]

Muir calls for action by Finance Minister to replicate support for local businesses dealing with COVID-19 related rental disputes

Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called on the Minister of Finance to move swiftly to replicate in Northern Ireland support due to be provided to local businesses in England who are still dealing with issues over accrued rental debt due to the pandemic, once the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill passes through UK Parliament. […]

Muir calls for Finance Minister to answer Assembly questions on late night funding allocation announcement

Alliance Finance Spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has called for the Finance Minister to come to the Assembly on Monday to answer questions on the latest allocation of money from his Department, after a detailed statement outlining how hundreds of millions of pounds would be spent was issued late on Friday. The Department of Finance put […]

Muir: Full financial transparency needed over future schemes

Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has said full financial transparency is needed over future renewable energy schemes after a report into generating electricity from renewable energy was unable to determine if one was delivered at the lowest cost to the consumer. The Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation scheme was introduced in 2005 by the Department of Enterprise, […]

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 […]