Armstrong says confirmation of clear face masks for health workers will make a real difference

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said confirmation thousands of clear face masks will soon be available to health professionals will make a “real difference” for many people here. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong – who is partially deaf – has been campaigning for months for clear face coverings to be used where possible to help those […]

Armstrong says pandemic may kill arts here unless financial package released

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said the pandemic could kill off the arts in Northern Ireland unless a multi-million-pound rescue package is released. The £33 million for theatres, arts, music venues and museums was given to the Executive during the summer. However, the money has still to be released. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong […]

Armstrong welcomes face covering clarity from Executive

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has welcomed clarity from the Executive on the wearing of face coverings indoors. Following today’s Executive meeting, it was announced face coverings should be worn in shops and other enclosed spaces from this Monday (August 10), with an information campaign to highlight it to the public over coming weeks. “Despite the […]

Armstrong disappointed at Capita PIP extension

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said she is disappointed after the Capita organisation received an extension to its contract to deliver assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). The organisation, which has received consistent criticism for its assessment scheme, will have its contract with the Department for Communities – initially due to expire in […]

Armstrong disappointed after confirmation European advice service to close

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said she is disappointed after it was confirmed an advice service giving guidance on living and working in other European countries is to close at the end of the year. The European Employment Service provides information for those wishing to live and work in other European Economic Area countries, as […]

Needs of those with sight loss need met as coronavirus regulations lift, say Alliance representatives

We need to ensure the needs of those with sight loss are met as the coronavirus regulations begin to lift, Alliance MLAs have said, after the Guide Dogs charity maintaining social distance would be difficult for many blind people in our towns and cities. The organisation said while it welcomed attempts by the Infrastructure and […]

Sinn Féin need to reflect, accept and apologise for damage done by funeral actions, says Armstrong

Sinn Féin need to reflect, accept and apologise for the damage done to the Executive’s pandemic messaging, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said. Alliance Chief Whip Ms Armstrong was speaking after a cross-party motion challenging Sinn Fein’s actions was debated in the Assembly. The motion passed this evening. “Many of us have made sacrifices during […]

Vital arts money gets to sector as quickly as possible, says Armstrong

It is vital money promised from the UK Government gets to the arts sector as quickly as possible, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Local arts will receive £33 million as part of a support package for arts venues aimed at theatres, music, museums and galleries. Arts leaders had previously warned the sector […]