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 […]

Armstrong welcomes plan for priority shopping slots to go to those shielding

Alliance Communities spokesperson, Kellie Armstrong MLA, has welcomed a way forward for those with shielding letters from their GP to be able to access priority online shopping delivery slots. The Access to Food programme has been organised by the Departments for Communities and Health, with the Health and Social Care Boards, allowing those with shielding […]

Armstrong calls for fair play for sports clubs

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on two Executive Ministers to change the current system to ensure sports clubs can qualify for financial support to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. It follows the suspension of the Department for Communities’ Hardship Fund for Sport. Under the current regulations, sports clubs cannot apply for […]

Armstrong: Openness and transparency at Councils must transcend pandemic

The Alliance Party is pushing to ensure local government remains fully open and transparent as the covid-19 pandemic continues, as the party backs plans for Councils to meet remotely. Chief Whip and Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA, said it was important at this uncertain time that good governance was able to be maintained, along with […]

Armstrong welcomes extension of statutory sick pay for vulnerable

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has welcomed the extension of statutory sick pay to vulnerable people unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Strangford MLA was speaking after today’s meeting of the Assembly Communities Committee, which agreed the legislation to extend the sick pay, by adding a new category of people defined […]

Northern Ireland needs to also ban gambling with credit cards, says Armstrong

Northern Ireland needs to follow suit in banning gambling with credit cards, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking as regulations came into force in Britain outlawing the practice, which extends to credit card gambling through e-wallets. Recent statistics showed up to 800,000 people in the UK used credit cards […]

Safe respite or help at home needed for people with disabilities throughout pandemic, says Armstrong

Safe respite or help at home is desperately needed to help people with disabilities through the COVID-19 pandemic, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong said she had been contacted by many families and carers, already exhausted by the lack of support given to those with disabilities throughout the crisis. She said […]

Armstrong calls on Communities Minister to give assurances over Department’s ability to cope with benefit claimants

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on the Communities Minister to give assurances her Department can cope with the surge in benefit claims in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Strangford MLA said many workers made unemployed due to the COVID-19 outbreak were forced to move to benefits, however, concerns remained over […]