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Beggs welcomes scrambler ban for Loughmourne

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party representative Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed assurances provided to him by NI Water that preventative signage will be added to Loughmourne reservoir in an attempt to stop unauthorised scrambler use in the area. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been contacted by concerned constituents in relation to scrambler use at Loughmourne reservoir, Carrickfergus as there is an adverse impact on public safety, nesting birds and the risk of pollution to the adjacent water supply. I am advised that there is no preventative signage up at present to request that scramblers desist from using the NI Water land to race scramblers. I asked NI Water to give an assurance that they will put up signs indicating that scramblers should not be in the area.” An NI Water spokesperson responded to the UUP MLA, saying “I can now confirm that NIW will erect appropriate prohibition signs around … Continue reading

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Beggs warns local NHS staff could miss out on pay deal

Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson, Roy Beggs MLA, has warned that NHS staff in Northern Ireland are likely to miss out on the 6.5% pay increase announced in England as a result of the continuing political stalemate at Stormont. Roy Beggs said: “The UUP has long argued that because health workers here are signed up to the NHS’s wider UK terms and conditions, they should be treated no worse or paid any less than their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales. Yet that is exactly what has been happening for some time and now, with this latest increase of over 6%, the gap is going to widen even further. “I’m glad that the UK Government has at last decided to move away from the arbitrary and discriminatory 1% pay cap for health workers, something which they would have been forced to drop last year had it not been for the … Continue reading

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Nearly £1m claimed by 217 East Antrim residents in ‘Make the Call’ scheme

Nearly £1m claimed by 217 East Antrim residents in ‘Make the Call’ scheme East Antrim Assemblyman Roy Beggs has welcomed news from the Department for Communities that over £21m has been generated from previously unclaimed benefits for residents in Northern Ireland, according to figures from 2016/17. The East Antrim MLA said “The Department for Communities ‘Make the Call’ service has helped NI residents receive over £21.3m in unclaimed benefits. 217 people from East Antrim have claimed £922,766.42.” Roy Beggs added “Check out the following web address if you think you are entitled to unclaimed benefits: or call 0800 232 1271.” Ends

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Beggs welcomes commitment from Road Service to resurface parts of Ballyvernstown Road

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has received assurances from Road Service that some sections of the Ballyvernstown Road will be resurfaced in the next 2/3 weeks. This follows on from correspondence that the East Antrim MLA had with Road Service, outlining a number of potholes in the East Antrim area. Mr Beggs said “I contacted Road Service to report a number of potholes, some of which were worrying due to their depth, the potential of damage to vehicles in addition to health and safety concerns. I understand that the adverse weather that we have been experiencing recently has had a detrimental effect on roads throughout my constituency but I had asked that Road Service carry out the necessary repairs as soon as possible.” A Road Service official said they “do intend to resurface a couple of short sections of Ballyvernstown Road within the next 2-3 weeks which … Continue reading

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Local Health Trust received half of expected capital investment over last 5 years

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA, Roy Beggs expressed concern that the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) has only received 10% of capital spending by Health Trust over the last 5 years, despite having 25% of the population of Northern Ireland. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have been concerned at the under investment in local Health Facilities for some time and contacted the Health Department’s Permanent Secretary seeking details of capital spending provided to each Trust area in Northern Ireland. Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey do not have A&E units or a Minor Injuries Unit. Nor do we have modern Health and Well-being facilities. There is a need for investment to modernise many of our GP surgeries and Allied Health facilities so that more primary health care services can be provided locally, but we have received less than half the investment we could reasonably expect to receive.” Modern Health … Continue reading

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