Dickson reiterates calls for no detriment policies from local universities

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has reiterated calls for local universities to introduce ‘no detriment’ policies to protect student grades against the ongoing pandemic. The policy ensures as long as a student passes a module, their grade point average will not be affected, meaning they will not fall below their current overall mark. A number of […]

Economy Minister has questions to answer over planned schemes, says Dickson

The Economy Minister must outline her plans for the high street and tourism voucher schemes, given the new COVID restrictions, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. The party’s Economy spokesperson said the schemes, announced late last year, still had several questions outstanding. He has now written to Economy Minister Diane Dodds, seeking clarity. “The Finance […]

Dickson welcomes ‘wet pub’ support announcement but criticises delay

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed an announcement a support scheme for so-called ‘wet pubs’ will commence next week but said the delay has been a “long and distressing process”. Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced the roll-out of the scheme would begin on January 11. It will see pubs only serving alcohol which […]

Alliance will continue to build bridges, not borders in Brexit aftermath

Alliance MLAs Stewart Dickson and Andrew Muir say they remain proud Europeans, as they addressed the profound worry as the UK’s divorce from the EU moves to completion. Speaking during a special debate in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Dickson said the Alliance Party would work to build bridges, not borders in the aftermath of […]

Dickson expresses concern regarding parcel deliveries between NI and GB

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his concern parcel services between Northern Ireland and Great Britain are being disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. “Unfortunately, we still have a great deal of uncertainty facing us with regards to how the Protocol will function, and how Brexit will impact Northern Ireland. This is what has led […]

Dickson urges Minister to stand up for fair redundancies for Debenhams and Arcadia workers

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has urged the Economy Minister to stand up for fair redundancies for those currently employed by Debenhams and the Arcadia Group. Debenhams stores are set to close, with Arcadia – owner of shops such as Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins – has gone into administration, putting thousands of jobs at risk. […]