Lunn calls on Parliament to extend welfare mitigations

Alliance Communities spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has called on Parliament to extend mitigations offsetting the impact of welfare reform in Northern Ireland. Mr Lunn said a recent joint report from the House of Commons Work and Pensions and Northern Ireland Affairs Committees, which recommended continuing mitigations for a further four years from 2020, showed the […]

Over-provision in houses of multiple occupation latest issue to require Assembly scrutiny, says Lunn

Alliance Communities spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has said the operation of the law around houses of multiple occupation (HMO) is just the latest issue which requires scrutiny of a functioning Assembly. The Lagan Valley MLA stated: “The HMO Act was one of the last pieces of legislation passed in the Assembly, but it would now […]

Lunn welcomes news on PIP payments to pensioners no longer needing reviewed

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has welcomed news thousands of pensioners in receipt of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will no longer have to undergo repeat assessments for the benefit. The Department for Communities said it would make the change this spring, to mirror existing legislation in the rest of the UK. It means up to 7,500 […]

Lunn welcomes housing association reclassification legislation

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has welcomed legislation by the UK Government to prevent housing associations here moving to the public sector. The Government has confirmed it is looking for an opportunity to introduce the legislation, which is required due to a 2016 decision by the Office for National Statistics to classify housing associations as public […]

Lunn says lessons of Holocaust Memorial Day more relevant than ever

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has said the lessons taught by Holocaust Memorial Day are more relevant than ever, ahead of the annual commemoration. Mr Lunn was speaking ahead of attending this year’s memorial event at City Hall. The 2019 theme is ‘Torn from Home,’ which encourages people to reflect on how the loss of safe […]

Alliance expresses disappointment over Drumbo Park closure

Alliance Lisburn representatives have expressed disappointment after it was confirmed Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium is to close with immediate effect. Directors of the Lambeg venue said several factors were behind the decision, including local licensing laws, the impact of online gambling and a shortage of greyhounds. “There is no doubt this will have an impact […]

Lunn says potential Freedom of Information requests suspension bizarre example of Government paralysis

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has said potential suspension of freedom of information (FOI) requests by Executive Departments in the absence of Ministers is a “bizarre example” of the paralysis in Government here. Mr Lunn was speaking after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said some FOI requests could not be processed due to there currently being […]

Working parents let down by Government, says Lunn

Alliance Communities spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has said the Government has let down working parents by ending the Childcare Voucher Scheme. Mr Lunn said last week’s closure of the scheme to new applicants showed the Government did not listen to evidence showing working parents would be disadvantaged through its closure. “Many local parents use the […]