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Delay over parking bay decision ‘absurd’ says Stewart

Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart has described the delay in getting a parking bay for a disabled constituent as ‘absurd.’ In a statement, Mr. Stewart said: “For the second time over the past year, I have come across delays in getting disabled parking bays provided for disabled constituents. “While I understand that there is a process to go through and that there has to be an opportunity for local objections to be considered, the excuses I have received for the delays are incredibly frustrating. “Last year, I was told that a delay in providing an elderly constituent of mine in Carrickfergus with a parking bay was due to there being no minister in place at Stormont. “A similar excuse has been used to explain a delay in extending double yellow lines near a school. “How can a simple decision on whether to extend some double yellow lines depend upon a … Continue reading

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BEM Birthday Honour for Greenisland teacher

Congratulations have been offered to Greenisland woman Heather Gracey for services to the Lisburn community. Heather is one of a number of East Antrim residents to be awarded a gong. Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said: “Congratulations to friend, Greenisland resident and Lisburn school teacher Heather Gracey on her well-deserved honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.” Heather who was awarded a BEM is a senior teacher at Wallace High School in Lisburn. In 2013, she was credited as being “instrumental” in the school raising £100,000 for the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. The school has been praised for having “worked tirelessly to help other children and their families”. The following year, the school presented a cheque for £13,550 to the Pancreatic Cancer UK charity. The sum was raised in memory Bill Wilson, the school’s Head of Mathematics and a senior teacher. Speaking at the time, Heather said: “Wallace is well-known … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns Larne sledgehammer attack

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has condemned those responsible for an attack on a home at Moyle Parade, in Larne, during the early hours of this morning. The incident occurred shortly after midnight. In a statement, Mr. Beggs said: “It appears that four masked men attacked a property with sledgehammers but thankfully no-one was inside the house at the time. “Damage was caused to windows, doors and also inside the home. “I would urge anyone who saw the attack to liaise with the PSNI to help them with their investigations by calling 101.” Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected and remains with the original author at all times. Original Article:

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Single parent on low income asks, can I get help to pay for my son’s school uniform?

Jaclyn Glover answers our readers’ financial queries. This week, she tackles the issue of getting help to pay for school uniforms. Q. I am a single parent on a low income, can I get help with school uniforms for my son? A. You may be eligible to get a school clothing allowance if your son attends primary or secondary school. There is no assistance available for nursery schools. If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits you will be entitled to help towards the cost of school uniform: Income support; Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Guarantee element of Pension Credit; Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit provided you have an annual gross income of less than £16,190; Support under the Immigration and Asylum Act; You may also be entitled to help with school meals. The eligibility criteria for school meals is similar to … Continue reading

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Beggs supports diabetes week 2019

East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson has added his support to diabetes week which runs from 10th – 16th June and aims to raise awareness of the work of Diabetes UK. Roy Beggs MLA said “This public awareness week will hopefully increase the public’s understanding of diabetes and help to tackle stigma. Diabetes UK are keen to get some facts across about diabetes. At the moment in the UK 4.7m people are living with diabetes, including 1 million who don’t even know they have diabetes. In total around one in 15 of us are living with diabetes so the chances are high that we have a family member or friend with diabetes.” A Diabetes UK representative said “Type 1 and Type 2 are the two main types of diabetes. There are rarer types too. What the all have in common is they raise sugar levels in … Continue reading

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