Dickson Reports on Elections at Council of Europe

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has reported to the Council of Europe the results of monitoring of elections in Georgia and San Marino. Speaking at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Mr Dickson expressed a positive outlook on for both regions. Mr Dickson commented: “As Election Monitors we seek to check and learn from other electoral processes in countries across Europe. We also want to provide support and advice to fledgling democracies on how best to move from authoritarianism to liberal democracy. The progress made in parts of Eastern Europe is heartening to advocates of democracy worldwide, and we will continue the important work of advisi

Greenisland Virgin Media Work to Restart

Stewart Dickson MLA has welcomed an assurance from Virgin Media that they have resolved their ‘contractor issues’ and will start work again immediately after Easter. Mr Dickson commented: "Virgin Media now tell me that Greenisland will be completed by early to mid-June, which I think Greenisland residents will welcome. The light at the tunnel for this disruption is of course expanded broadband provision and choice for local people, so we look forward to its completion."

Dickson Welcomes Expansion at Mossley West Park and Ride

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson has welcomed further commitment from Translink that they intend to expand the Park and Ride facilities at Mossley West Halt. Mr Dickson commented: “At the recent Alliance Party Conference, I had the opportunity to question Translink on the problem of severely lacking parking spaces at the station. “They have responded with concrete commitments to expand the spaces considerably. Translink have appointed a team of consultants who are currently carrying out traffic modelling studies in the area in support of the project, and expect to bid for funding for the project in June. “In recent months, many East Antrim residents who use the halt have been frustr

Dickson Hails Another Successful Alliance Party Conference

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has praised the 2018 Alliance Party Conference which took place on Saturday 25th March at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast. Remarking on the event, Mr Dickson said: “In these times of political stalemate, the Alliance Party has demonstrated that we have not run out of ideas. We will work for a prosperous and settled future for Northern Ireland, and will look beyond the petty differences that bog other parties down. Our proposals to end the current political stalemate, launched last week, are evidence of this. In the 20th year of the Good Friday Agreement, Alliance is ready to Step Forward to build a Northern Ireland fit for the 21st Century. We implore

Dickson Welcomes Support for Kilroot Workers

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his support for the help that the Department for Communities (DfC) and Department for the Economy are preparing to provide for workers at Kilroot Power Station who will lose their jobs as a result of the closure. Mr Dickson said: “Following an inquiry by my office, it has been confirmed that the DfC officials have already been involved in discussions with AES Kilroot Management to design a tailored package of redundancy support which will provide advice and support to those seeking retraining and alternative work opportunities. “While I regret the approaching closure of Kilroot Power Station, it is encouraging to see the DfC readily pr

Dickson Says Use Energy Comparison Tools

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, is urging you to review your energy bills. Following the announcement that various companies are to put up Gas Prices in the Greater Belfast area by 7.8%, with effect from 1 April 2018. The increase is expected to affect around 150,000 gas customers in the Greater Belfast area, which extends into East Antrim, with typical household annual gas bills expected to rise by £39 per year. Stewart Dickson MLA said: “Whilst unfortunate news, there is good advice available from the Consumer Council, on how to save on your energy bills, how to shop around and become more energy efficient and designed to save you the most money possible. “The Consumer Council a

Nearly £1m uplift in unclaimed Benefits Claims in East Antrim.

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, urges you to see if you are entitled to any benefit or government support for you or your family. The 2016/17 year was a record year for the benefit uptake programme in Northern Ireland, with latest figures from the Department for Communities showing that on average almost 5,000 people were better off by £85 per week. In total over £21.3 million in unclaimed benefits was claimed. Including within the East Antrim area £922,766.42 for those who need it most in our society. The Department for Communities Benefit Uptake Programme, administrated by the ‘Make the Call’ Service, aims to reach people in our society who are missing out on services, support o

Cold Caller Reports

The PSNI have reported the presence of cold callers going door to door selling unwanted items. If this happens phone 101 straight away. Take a note of the registration and description of the caller. Please don’t buy anything.

Dickson Calls for Delivery of Diabetes Strategy

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has called for full delivery of an agreed Diabetes Strategy after a major report stated a clear opportunity to improve care for those living with the condition was missed. The Northern Ireland Audit Office Report said while a review of diabetes care in 2003 outlined best practice towards those with Type 2 diabetes, limited implementation and a lack of a comprehensive strategy from the Department of Health until 2016, meant a lack of value for money for services relating to it. A statement from Diabetes UK said: “There is an urgent need for action to reduce the Type 2 diabetes tsunami with ten new diagnosis being made here every day. This report is a

Dickson Welcomes Step Forward In Fight Against Environmental Crime

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed a new step in the fight against environmental crime in the form of a new partnership between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI). The two organisations have signed a memorandum strengthening the current links between them and aiming for closer co-operation. Forensic Science Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Stan Brown said: “There are many areas where FSNI can provide forensic support to the work of the Environmental Crime Unit. We welcome this opportunity to add value to the efforts of NIEA, and build upon previous contacts with their investigators.” Mr Dickson has expressed his support

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