Armstrong welcomes Dormant Accounts Fund for charities

Alliance Communities spokesperson, Kellie Armstrong MLA, is encouraging charities to submit an application to the Dormant Accounts Fund NI which is now open. Community Fund, who are managing the grant, have confirmed organisations can apply for grants of up to £100,000 as part of the first phase to support activity that improves long-term capacity, sustainability […]

UK Government and EU Commission need to address trade flow problems, says Farry

Alliance MP Stephen Farry has called for the European Commission and the UK Government to jointly address some of the issues currently affecting trade flows into Northern Ireland, through additional flexibilities and derogations. The North Down MP said some problems being experienced had arose from a lack of planning and information given on short notice, […]

Armstrong calls for Assembly systems to enable remote debate

Alliance Chief Whip Kellie Armstrong MLA has written to the Assembly’s Committee for Procedures to request the possibility for MLAs to participate in plenary debate remotely. The Assembly uses the Starleaf software system for Committee rooms but unlike Westminster, there is no capacity for remote participation in the Chamber itself. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong said […]

Social Fund repayments should be further delayed, says Armstrong

Repayments for loans taken out from the Department for Communities’ Social Fund to help people through the pandemic should be delayed for a further period to stop people falling further into poverty, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. The Social Fund gives interest-free loans to those on low incomes to help with important […]

Many arts venues caught in Catch-22 over funding, say Armstrong

Many arts venues are caught in a ‘Catch-22’ situation and are unable to access funding without paying for health and safety equipment ahead of time, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. The Strangford MLA was speaking after receiving a reply from the Department for Communities regarding the Health and Safety Capital grant, which is administered […]

Armstrong encourages charities to apply for latest funding

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has encouraged charities to apply for new funding announced by the Communities Minister. Carál Ní Chuilín unveiled the second round of funding from the £11.7 million COVID-19 Charities Fund, which opens on January 6. Pre-application information including eligibility, guidance and the application form will be available from December 14 on the Community Finance Ireland website. “I […]

Building regulations need updated to meet environmental standards, says Armstrong

Building regulations in Northern Ireland need to be updated to ensure we meet future environmental standards, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. The Strangford MLA had asked Finance Minister Conor Murphy when building regulations would be reviewed, updated and published to ensure all new builds will meet zero carbon targets. In his reply, the Minister […]

Winter fuel benefit for terminally ill people should be introduced, says Armstrong

A new winter fuel benefit for terminally ill people should be introduced, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking after the launch of a report entitled the Vicious Cycle of Fuel Poverty and Terminal Illness by Marie Curie. The report, launched on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, examines the cycle of […]

Carers Rights Day opportunity to recognise role of carers, says Armstrong

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said Carers Rights Day is an opportunity to recognise the vital role carers have been playing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Alliance’s Communities spokesperson, Kellie said for over nine months, close to 360,000 carers in Northern Ireland have provided unpaid caring duties, saving the Government £19 million per day – a […]