Can You Spot a Scam Letter?

Scam Letter and Emails are becoming more and more common, but we can avoid getting caught out by looking for the warning signs! See the Consumer Council leaflet below for some of the most common mistakes scammers make.

Dickson Lauds Clanmil's Carrickfergus Modular Homes

Alliance Party East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his support for the factory built modular houses that Clanmil Housing Association is erecting on the old Woodside’s site in Joymount, Carrickfergus. Mr Dickson commented: “These houses are factory built, are delivered in six modules per house and erected on site in a matter of hours, and completed ready for occupation in a matter of days. “The 44 homes being erected on the Woodside’s site will provide splendid accommodation for families in the town. I would commend the modular concept to other housing providers and I have been assured that their 60-year durability will make them a very good investment for individuals, as well as

Dickson Calls for a Full-Scale Review of NI Education System

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has said that recent stories of a budget crisis at the Education Authority (EA), prove the need for ‘a full-scale review’ of how education is delivered in Northern Ireland. Mr Dickson was speaking after the BBC revealed the EA considered removing all ‘Lollipop’ Men and Women from school crossings to cut costs, among other measures. Mr Dickson commented: “'Lollipop' Men and Women invoke both nostalgia and pride in our community, as well as help keep children safe. The EA were right in their assessment that completely cutting out such a service would be ‘unpalatable’ and unacceptable. As too would be removing uniform allowances to the most deprived ch

Awareness is Key to Avoiding Scams –Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has encouraged East Antrim residents to be vigilant when it comes to scams. Mr Dickson commented: “Scam artists are becoming more and more sophisticated in their attempts to take money off honest people, through the internet, on the phone, and even on the doorstep. “However, we can stay ahead of scammers by being ‘Scamwise’, which is the name of the joint initiative between the PSNI, NI Policing Board, Department of Justice, the Commissioner for Older People, the Consumer Council, Trading Standards and Age Sector Platform. “Scamwise is a platform where people can access information about current scams, and learn how to avoid becoming a victim of the

Childcare Vouchers to End Soon, Sign Up Now - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, is urging local people to sign up to the Childcare Voucher scheme before it ends in October. The Government still plans to close the scheme to new entrants in October. This means expectant parents, working families not registered before then, and current users who switch jobs after October, stand to lose out on vital savings – up to £933 each year. Mr Dickson commented: “It is clear to me that this scheme should continue, unfortunately the Government in London has decided to cut this lifeline off for working people. “Again, this highlights the need for an Assembly, which could have mitigated the impact of this scheme ending. Budgets are stretched a

Dickson Hits Out at Those Behind Assault

A masked gang forced their way into a house in Whinfield Walk in Carrickfergus around 10pm on Sunday. They then assaulted a 19-year-old male with bats and a hammer. The victim sustained a number of serious injuries and is currently receiving treatment in hospital. "This was an appalling incident and must have been terrifying for the young man attacked," said Mr Dickson. "My thoughts are with him, especially as this assault appears to have been particularly brutal and vicious. I hope he makes a full recovery. "There is no place in society for those who wish to take the law into their own hands and they must be brought to justice. I urge anyone with information to report it to police imm

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