Armstrong says serious questions must be asked after welfare reform report published

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has said serious questions needs to be asked after a report warned the full impact of welfare reforms has yet to be felt here, with further hardships predicted by 2020. The report by the Comptroller and Auditor General said the end of mitigation measures, such as the so called ‘Bedroom Tax’, […]

Department must ensure Mobility Car Scheme managed appropriately

Kellie Armstrong MLA has called on the Department for Communities to urgently consider the National Audit Office report regarding Motability Operations, after it emerged the company which supplies cars for people with mobility issues had been accused of over-charging its customers. Kellie – who is the Chair of the All Party Group on Disability – […]

Report signals two-child policy is ill advised, says Bradshaw

Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has said the publication of the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty further highlights that a two-child policy is ill advised. Ms Bradshaw – who has led a campaign against the two-child policy – was speaking after the report revealed the lack of an executive and the universal credit roll […]

O’Neill calls for all children to be included on funeral charge waiving scheme

Alliance East Belfast Councillor Sian O’Neill has called for refugee and asylum seeker children to be included in a scheme which will see funeral charges waived for anyone under 18 in Belfast. Councillor O’Neill was speaking after a meeting of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Cemeteries and Crematorium Working Group, at which a paper was presented […]

McReynolds: Council should back MS society campaign

Alliance Councillor Peter McReynolds has called on Belfast City Council to back the scrapping of the 20 metre rule because of the detrimental effect it has those in need of Personal Independence Payments. Under Disability Living Allowance individuals were required to be able to walk no further than 50 metres to obtain the higher rate […]

Dickson expresses dismay at foodbank usage revelation

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his dismay at a new report showing foodbank usage in Northern Ireland remains high. The Trussell Trust charity published the report, entitled Left Behind: Is Universal Credit Truly Universal, today. It showed their foodbanks gave out 32,433 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis between April 2017 and […]