Dickson Says Victims Have Been Abandoned

Alliance Justice spokesperson Stewart Dickson MLA has said victims of domestic abuse and violence have been abandoned, after a report said measures to help them were on hold due to the lack of a functioning Assembly. The report by the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice said there was ‘no excuse’ for long delays in implementing such measures, with ‘key initiatives’ suggested up to nine years ago having not been acted upon. “It is intolerable the lack of an Assembly has led to victims of domestic abuse and violence being abandoned,” said Mr Dickson. “We critically need new laws to protect those affected by domestic violence, to show we are serious about protecting them and the issue in genera

Dickson Commends Carrickfergus Foodbank for Supporting Those in Need

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has commended the work of the Carrickfergus Foodbank in helping hundreds of people since its creation. Mr Dickson commented: “Nobody should be going without food in this day and age. We are seeing appalling increases in poverty, the impact of changes to welfare, delays in payments and problems with debt can weigh down families, making food seem like a secondary concern. “However, people should know that the Trussell Trust and the Carrickfergus Foodbank can help if you cannot afford to buy food for yourself and your family.” If you are in food crisis and need help, you can contact the Carrickfergus Foodbank directly on: 028 9343 8475, or my constitue

Dickson Receives Assurances Regarding Tamlaght Nursing Home

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has received assurances from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) that standards at Tamlaght Nursing Home in Carrickfergus, are being maintained and closely monitored as it looks for a buyer. Tamlaght Nursing Home entered administration earlier this year, and has subsequently been put on the market. Mr Dickson commented: “The social care sector is a very challenging place right now, with concerns regarding sustainability for private sector providers. However, I am content that the RQIA have indicated it is closely monitoring the situation. Furthermore, the body must make sure that any buyer for the home is fit and proper and will ensure hi

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