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Public Accounts Committee should investigate Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation scheme (NIRO) – Beggs

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has highlighted the need for the PAC to carry out an investigation into the generation of electricity from renewable energy in Northern Ireland. This follows the publication of the Northern Ireland Audit Office report entitled ‘Generating electricity from renewable energy’. Mr Beggs said: “Given the scale of the costs involved in the overpayments, and Northern Ireland`s past experience of the RHI debacle, I believe that the Public Accounts Committee should carry out a further investigation into the Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation scheme. We simply cannot afford to let this slip by. “The Comptroller and Auditor General`s report makes for uncomfortable reading and should sound alarm bells within Government. The warning signs are there in the NIAO report. It also raises questions for the future. What will be the extra unnecessary cost to our economy and how much extra … Continue reading

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Beggs urges local farmers to sign up to farm safety workshops

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has urged local farmers to sign up for the new farm safety workshops under the Farm Families Key Skills initiative. Mr Beggs said “This training is delivered to farmers throughout Northern Ireland and is free for farmers, members of the farm family and employees to attend”. “Major injuries on local farms are up 10% on 2014 figures, but the causes of injuries and deaths on farms have remained the same and these risks can be dealt with by raising awareness and adopting safe practises.” These short workshops start in 2017 and cover among many other things the four main dangers associated with working on farms namely – slurry, animals, falls and equipment – known as (SAFE). The local MLA said that “for further information or to register for a workshop please go online to http://www.cafre.ac.uk/industry-support/farm-family-key-skills/ . “As someone who comes from a farming … Continue reading

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Beggs Secures A8 Grass Cutting

Ulster Unionist Party representative Roy Beggs MLA has pressed for the cutting on the unsightly central grass reservation on the A8 Belfast Road dual carriageway approach to Larne, between Millbrook and the New Ballyrickard road Roundabout Mr Beggs said “The section of the A8 between Millbrook and the new Ballyrickard Road roundabout had been under the control of the Road Contractor and the grass in the central reservation had not been cut at all during 2015.  This created an unsightly picture for visitors to Larne.  It is now back under Transport NI control and following a complaint from a local constituent I pressed Transport NI to improve the area.  Whilst I am pleased that Transport NI have commenced cutting the unkempt central area, they still have to complete the job by cutting the areas adjacent to the Road. The Minister referred to the matter in a recent assembly question and … Continue reading

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Beggs demands urgent action to save millions of pounds in enforcing fine defaults

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has highlighted the unacceptable cost of fine enforcement services. Speaking after the issue was raised during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, the East Antrim MLA also questioned why the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service is taking two more years to implement a modernised system that would save literally millions of pounds. Mr Beggs said; “Over the past number of years an increasing number of people have ended up in prison for the non-payment of fines. Our prisons should be for people who commit serious crime, not for people who fail to pay fines. That is why I believe the current system needs reviewed. “The justice system in Northern Ireland often seems out of touch with reality. At present a fine default of as little as £50 could result in disproportionate, bureaucratic, inefficient response from our legal system. I welcome the fact that … Continue reading

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Beggs questions cost of enforcing fine defaults

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has highlighted the disproportional current cost of fine enforcement services. Speaking after the issue was raised during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee,  the East Antrim MLA also questioned why the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service is taking two more years before a system to modernise this will be implemented. Roy Beggs MLA said; “Over the past number of years there has been an increasing number of people ending up in prison for the non-payment of a fine. The justice system in Northern Ireland seems to live in a different world.  At present a fine default of as little as £50 could result in disproportionate, bureaucratic, inefficient response from our legal system. “The costs involved in taking legal action against a fine defaulter are significant. A fine default court hearing, involving court and legal aid, costs almost £200. The cost of the PSNI … Continue reading

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