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Beggs seeks update from Schrader on possible production transfer to China

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Roy Beggs has contacted Schrader, requesting a meeting about potential plans to transfer some production lines from sites in Carrickfergus and Antrim to Changzhou, China. Mr Beggs said “I have been contacted by concerned constituents who have been advised by Unite the Union that Sensata, who purchased Schrader in 2014, are considering moving some production lines from their Carrickfergus and Antrim production facilities to their Changzhou plant in China. I have contacted Schrader seeking a meeting to be updated on local job prospects and the future plans of this important company to the Carrickfergus area.”

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Beggs supports Energy Saving Week 2017

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has added his support to the Energy Saving Trust’s 17th annual Energy Saving Week. Mr Beggs said “Homes in Northern Ireland could save nearly £7m per year by simply draught proofing windows and doors in their properties. Additional measures such as insulating pipes, upgrading heating controls, getting a new boiler and topping up your hot water cylinder, loft and wall insulation will save you money. You can also reduce electricity bills by avoiding standby and turning devices off, turning lights off, line drying clothes and choosing energy efficient appliances.” Grants are available in Northern Ireland to help with some of these measures. The Government run an affordable warmth scheme which may provide a package of energy-efficiency and heating measures if your household income is less than £20,000. The NIHE boiler replacement scheme also offers up to £1,000 grants for owner occupiers seeking … Continue reading

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Beggs thanks emergency services for their work during Ophelia

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has commended the emergency services for their work during the recent ex-hurricane Ophelia. Mr Beggs said “On my way home I came across a fallen tree which blocked the full width of the Carrickfergus Road, Larne, making the road unpassable (see picture). I reported the fallen tree to Road Service who were very swift in removing it and making the road safe. Emergency services and on call maintenance staff including NIE, Road Service, NIFRS, PSNI, the ambulance service and the front line health care professionals should be commended for their work during Ophelia in addition to Council staff who quickly decided to open up Council facilities in the likelihood of floods and storm damage to properties throughout the Borough.”

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Health budget for 2018/19 needs to be set – Beggs

Following the additional £40m to alleviate Health pressures, East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has highlighted the need for a 2018/19 budget to be put in place and the predicted Health pressures of around £430m to be addressed. Roy Beggs MLA, UUP Health Spokesperson said: “It was welcome news from the NHSCT on Friday that the 2 rehabilitation wards at Whiteabbey Hospital have received a reprieve in this financial year and that domiciliary care cuts will not be made. Indeed, the Northern Trust advise that all of their major/controversial proposals apart from car parking charges, will not be implemented. Annual costs for health care go up by around 6% each year so the reality is millions of additional funds need to be secured for health care to stand still. “With the potential for additional health budget pressures of £430m next year, additional resources and reforms in healthcare will be … Continue reading

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Beggs labels health cuts exercise pointless and chaotic

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has hit out at what he describes as the ultimately pointless exercise from the Health Department, to demand undeliverable and dangerous savings, only for many to now be abandoned. Roy Beggs said: “It was outrageous that the Department of Health waited until half way through the year before demanding that the Health Trusts scramble to find £70m worth of emergency savings. It was inevitable that many of the proposals which did come back were irrational, contradictory and ultimately posed a serious risk to patient safety. “Proposals such as withholding essential drugs, shutting wards and putting a freeze on care packages for the elderly would have greatly intensified the crisis already engulfing the local health service. Several of the Health Trusts acknowledged that waiting times would have spiralled even further out of control and that patients would have ultimately came to harm. “The proposal … Continue reading

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