Armstrong receives assurances welfare mitigations will continue into the new financial year

Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said she has received assurances from the Department welfare mitigations will continue to be paid into April. The Strangford MLA was speaking after questioning Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey regarding the mitigations, which are due to run out at the end of this month. That is despite the legislation […]

Armstrong challenges Minister Murphy to bring forward equal access

Kellie Armstrong MLA, Chair of the Assembly All Party Group on Disability, has challenged Minister Conor Murphy to bring forward new planning regulations to ensure Changing Places toilets are included as standard. Confirmation that Scotland has introduced the planning regulations confirms that there is no excuse for delays to continue here. Kellie Armstrong said: “I […]

Welfare mitigations cliff edge approaching fast – Armstrong

Alliance spokesperson on Welfare, Strangford MLA Kellie Armstrong, has said the Communities Minister needs to move fast to extend the welfare mitigations that are due to run out on 31 March. Kellie Armstrong said: “Shortly after taking up her post, the Communities Minister confirmed that she would continue to provide mitigation payments to offset the […]

Good governance and accountability vital in the public sector – Armstrong

Alliance Communities spokesperson, Kellie Armstrong MLA, has said that good governance and accountability are vital when dealing with public funding. The Strangford MLA was speaking after publication of a report from the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) into Sport NI, which is sponsored by the Department for Communities. The purpose of Sport NI is to […]

Armstrong hopeful Northern Ireland will see Changing Places benefit from Budget

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said she is hopeful Northern Ireland will benefit from a funding pot for Changing Places toilets, expected to be announced in tomorrow’s Westminster Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce £30 million for Changing Places toilets in England. Under Barnett consequentials, it could mean a financial boost for the […]

International Women’s Day highlights opportunities for women

Alliance MLA for Strangford Kellie Armstrong has said that International Women’s Day highlights the opportunities open to women in business, politics and public life. Mrs Armstrong was speaking after an event organised by the Assembly Women’s Caucus at Stormont to mark International Women’s Day 2020. Around 100 young women from a range of organisations met […]

Armstrong welcomes benefits news for new pensioners

Alliance’s Communities Spokesperson, Kellie Armstrong MLA, has welcomed the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s announcement that people who are on Universal Credit and reach State Pension Age will receive a run on, meaning no halt to benefits during the assessment period. Kellie Armstrong said: “This welcome move will mean over 200,000 new pensioners […]