We have opportunity to develop local producers into tourist attractions with Licensing Bill, says Armstrong

We have an opportunity to develop more local craft brewers, distiller, cideries and wineries into tourist attractions, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. Ms Armstrong was speaking ahead of the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill reaching its consideration stage in the Assembly. It is designed to extending opening hours for pubs […]

Health Minister can show gratitude to carers by following up previous pledges, says Armstrong

The Health Minister can show gratitude for the work of carers during the pandemic by following up on previous pledges, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said.   Ms Armstrong was speaking as she brought a petition to the Assembly, calling on Robin Swann to support carers by reopening all respite and day centres across Northern […]

Armstrong disappointed after Department appears to put scrapping six-month rule on back-burner

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said she is disappointed after plans to scrap the ‘six-month’ rule for those with terminal illnesses claiming benefits appeared to be put on the back-burner by the Department for Communities. The Strangford MLA was speaking after a meeting of the Assembly’s Communities Committee, during which it was confirmed […]

Armstrong calls on Minister to extend supplementary PIP payments

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on the Communities Minister to extend supplementary payments for up to two years until a huge backlog of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals are processed. Statistics from the Department for Communities show more than 68 per cent of people have been waiting more than a year for […]

Armstrong welcomes youth employment scheme but says it should have been established months ago

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said while a new scheme for youth employment is welcome, it should have been established months ago. The JobStart scheme, which was originally due last year, is designed to support 16-24-year-olds who are facing difficulties getting into employment due to the pandemic. Strangford MLA Ms Armstrong said the […]

MLAs call for clarity around bonus payment for carers

Alliance MLAs have called for further clarity for a one-off bonus payment to carers in recognition of their work throughout the pandemic. Earlier this year, Health Minister Robin Swann announced health workers would receive a special payment as a mark of thanks for work carried out during the COVID-19 crisis. The Minister stated at the […]

Armstrong disappointed no unambiguous or unequivocal apology from Sinn Féin

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said she is disappointed no “unambiguous or unequivocal apology” has come from Sinn Féin in relation to their actions at the Bobby Storey funeral. The Strangford MLA was speaking after participating in an Assembly motion to censure Sinn Féin Ministers, after the Public Prosecution Service announced earlier this week there […]