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Beggs accuses Department & Education Authority of SEN collective failings

Following the Public Account Committee’s Enquiry and Report into Special Educational Needs, Roy Beggs MLA has accused the Department of Education and the Education Authority of collectively failing to provide and manage an effective Special Educational Needs system. Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Party member of the PAC said, “There is clearly a need for a rethink the current inadequate SEN process which is failing to address the needs of children and Young People in an effective and timely manner. During the evidence sessions, I highlighted the failure of EA even to have an awareness of the numbers of children that schools wished to refer to an Educational Psychologist but were not able to do so. As a former primary school governor I know that there is a need for earlier intervention. It was also concerning that witnesses agreed with me that it was wasteful to have several classroom assistants … Continue reading

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Driver insurance could be hiked by £50 per year due to NI Protocol – Beggs

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has expressed concerns that Northern Ireland drivers could be subject to a £50 per year insurance hike if the NI Protocol forces us to diverge from GB insurance requirements. Roy Beggs said; “This week at Westminster the Transport Secretary announced the Government’s intention to scrap an EU Law which includes an additional insurance requirement which could require lawnmowers and golf buggies being used on private land to have specific insurance and which could result in a further £50 surcharge on all road drivers. “This is a very sensible approach which will doubtless be welcomed by motorists in Great Britain, but it raises a number of questions for those of us here in Northern Ireland. “The key question is, will NI drivers and gardeners be forced to diverge from GB legislation and have to pay additional Insurance as a result of the NI Protocol … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes £152k resurfacing scheme for Old Glenarm Road, Larne

Roy Beggs MLA has welcomed new of a £152,000 resurfacing scheme for Old Glenarm Road, Larne which will commence on Monday 1 March 2021. The scheme, which extends from Ballycraigy Road for approximately 0.8 km east towards Greenland Road, is expected to be completed by Friday 23 March 2021. East Antrim Ulster Unionist representative Roy Begs MLA said “I welcome the resurfacing of this busy route from Larne servicing the Coastal area. There is a need to increase expenditure on maintaining road surfaces as the failure to renew the surface often results pot holes and ongoing expensive patching and poor use of limited funds.” Roy Beggs MLA, the Ulster Unionist Infrastructure spokesperson, has questioned the proportion of funds now being committed to major new road systems when there is insufficient funds to maintain the existing road network. Due to the nature of the scheme it will be necessary to introduce … Continue reading

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Beggs opposes EU banning tree saplings from the rest of the UK coming into Larne

Beggs opposes EU banning tree saplings from the rest of the UK coming into Larne Following news that the NI protocol has caused the cancellation of an order of 100,000 trees from Great Britain, destined for Northern Ireland as part of a Woodland Trust greening project for schools and communities, Ulster Unionist Roy Beggs MLA said: “Once again we are seeing how iniquitous and ridiculous this NI Protocol is, both to the horticultural industry and the economy of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Many young people this Spring who were expected to participate in a Northern Ireland greening project through the Woodland Trust have been robbed of the opportunity, after an order of 22,000 trees with a nursery in Great Britain had to be cancelled. “Orders from Northern Ireland with Scottish and Welsh Nurseries totalling up to 100,000 trees and saplings have been cancelled. The reasons include either the roots … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes community funding across East Antrim

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed news from the National Lottery Community Fund that details funding allocated right across his constituency. Mr Beggs MLA said “The National Lottery run a number of funding schemes which aim to provide small grants for groups, to support people and their communities and also to empower our young people. I welcome this funding which will improve community infrastructure and provide a much needed boost to a number of projects. Specifically, in East Antrim it is good to see the Glens Wellbeing Group, Cushendall receive £5,600 to run actives to improve mental health and wellbeing. Cairndhu Rowing Club are to receive £10,000 to buy a new boat which will hopefully allow more members of the community to take up the sport. In Carrickfergus, Home Start which also covers Greenisland and Newtownabbey have been awarded £3,164 to upgrade computer and phone systems. … Continue reading

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