Questions remain over Council involvement in DUP fundraiser

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said two local Councils involved in the latest DUP financial scandal now have questions to answer. Stewart Dickson, MLA for East Antrim, was speaking after it was confirmed DUP MP Ian Paisley would be forced to pay back money acquired from two local government authorities for a dinner which has […]

Consideration must be given to those with dementia and carers, says Dickson

We must ensure consideration is given to those with dementia and their carers, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said. The East Antrim MLA was speaking during an Assembly debate on promoting dementia-friendly policies. The motion called for a recognition of the need to prioritise and enhance the health and well-being of people with dementia, including […]

Protocol isn’t perfect, but best way to protect GFA, says Alliance

The Alliance Party has called on the UK Government to honour its previous commitment to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, as the best way forward for Northern Ireland rather than risk irrevocable damage to the Good Friday Agreement. Speaking during an Assembly debate, Alliance Party MLAs argued that whilst what’s currently in place isn’t perfect, it […]

Dickson disappointed by Minister during Excluded meeting but retains hope for progress on issue

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has described as “disappointing” a meeting with the Economy Minister regarding traders excluded from her grant schemes, but said he hopes progress will still be made in achieving parity for them. Mr Dickson was speaking after meeting with Diane Dodds, alongside members of the Excluded NI group. The organisation […]

Dickson calls on Minister to act to protect workers’ redundancy pay

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has called on the Economy Minister to act urgently to protect workers facing redundancy, as the Government in London has confirmed it will legislate to ensure redundancy is calculated on the basis of contractual pay, rather than furlough pay. Mr Dickson commented: “I have been aware of this issue […]

New legislation to reflect permanent shift in working patterns required, say Alliance MLAs

Alliance Economy spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA and Infrastructure and Finance spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA have called on Stormont Ministers to consider major new legislation in response to changes in working patterns that have been accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst key workers have continued to keep commuting, the number of people working from home in […]

Dickson deeply disappointed after no trade unionists appointed to economic recovery group

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said he is “deeply disappointed” after no trade unionists were appointed to a group designed to help build the Northern Ireland economy. Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced the membership of the Economic Advisory Group last night. The 11-member panel of economists, CEOs, managing directors and others, but has no trade […]