Muir welcomes latest financial aid package but says additional staff needed to ensure quick roll out

Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has welcomed the latest financial aid package from the Executive, adding additional staff should be put in place immediately to ensure the quick roll out of payments for people and businesses. Speaking after the Finance Minister announced the package, designed to help those affected by the latest set of restrictions, Mr […]

Armstrong questions when community and voluntary sector fund will be made available

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has questioned when a multi-million pound fund designed to support the community and voluntary sector will be made to available to organisations to help them through the pandemic. The Department of Finance’s Dormant Accounts Fund takes money from dormant bank and building societies to support capacity and sustainability in the third […]

Muir welcomes financial package for local airports

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir has welcomed the announcement of a £5.7 million support package for Northern Ireland’s airports as the Coronavirus crisis continues. The MLA for North Down described it as an “an important intervention” to help local airports as the pandemic continues. He said: “I welcome this important intervention to ensure local Airports […]

A platform piece in today’s News Letter by Stephen Farry MP on stimulating our economic recovery from Covid-19

We are far from clear of the COVID-19 crisis, but once it eases, Northern Ireland, alongside much of the world, will face enhanced, ongoing economic challenges for businesses and people. I am sceptical we will automatically see a V-shaped economic slump followed by a sharp recovery. While this economic recession doesn’t arise from demand-related problems, […]

Targeted extension of rates relief essential provided it is focused on most severely affected sectors, says Farry

A targeted extension of a rates holiday is essential as part of a strategic package of tailored measures to help businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, Alliance MP Stephen Farry has said. Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced the deferral of the issuing of rates for businesses from this month until June. Dr Farry said there […]

Delay and problems with grant scheme may exacerbate dire circumstances for many companies, says Muir

The delay and problems in launching the portal for hospitality, tourism, retail and leisure businesses to apply for a grant means some companies will be in even more dire circumstances, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking as the portal, allowing such businesses to apply for £25,000 aid, was launched […]

Financial assistance to businesses needs to be sped up, says Muir

Financial assistance to businesses needs to be sped up, Alliance Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. Mr Muir was speaking following the announcement of £40 million additional funding to support businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The North Down MLA said the money should not be “caught up in delays and elongated application processes”. […]