Important for EU Citizens to Stay Informed about Settlement Scheme – Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, has encouraged EU Citizens to keep up to date on the EU Settlement Scheme which will open fully on 30 March 2019. The EU Settlement Scheme is being set up to allow EU citizens and their family members currently living, working and studying in the UK to stay for as long as they like, after the UK leaves the EU. It also means EU Citizens will continue to have access to public services, pensions and British Citizenship if they meet the requirements, and want to apply. Mr Dickson commented: “The current Brexit chaos, which many predicted from the very start, should not be a reason to ignore the Brexit transition arrangements. EU citizens need to stay informed so they ca

Dickson Supports Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – Friday 15th February

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his support for Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, and those who face the daily choice of ‘heat or eat’ in the UK. Mr Dickson commented: ‘In 2019, it is a national scandal that around 4 million homes in the UK are in fuel poverty. More can, and must be done to help people, particularly the vulnerable. The UK has some of the worst fuel poverty rates in the EU. In fact, countries like Sweden and Finland, which are much colder than the UK, and the Netherlands, which has a similar climate, have fuel poverty rates that are around half of the rate here. Clearly we have a problem not only with fuel poverty, but poverty and inequality in general, if people ca

Dickson Welcomes Changes to Benefit Drivers with Diabetes

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed confirmation that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVANI) will adopt new guidance this month to make driving less burdensome for diabetics. Driving regulations state that people living with diabetes must check blood sugar levels before driving and every two hours during a long journey. However, on the 1st January 2018, the law was broadened to allow the testing of 'interstitial fluid' as well. This meant other new forms of testing, like Flash GM and Continuous Glucose Monitoring technologies, could be considered for use for the purposes of testing when driving. Unfortunately, for over a year diabetics could not use these technol

Dickson Supports Cancer Research and Prevention on World Cancer Day 2019

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his support for campaigners, patients and survivors on World Cancer Day. Mr Dickson said: “Cancer is the biggest killer in Northern Ireland, and practically everyone has been touched by the illness in some way or another. Although cancer rates have been increasing, survival rates have also more than doubled since the 1970s. “Such progress is thanks to the work of campaigners who have raised money and pushed for changes in policy to fight and prevent cancer. We can always do more, for example a new comprehensive Cancer Strategy to reinvigorate Northern Ireland's approach to prevention, detection and treatment. "This is yet another pres

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