Dickson Criticises Harsh and Uncaring Benefits System for Terminally Ill

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has joined calls for changes to the Personal Independent Payment (PIP) system of benefits for people with terminal illnesses. Currently, the benefit can only be fast-tracked for patients if a doctor confirms that their death can "reasonably be expected within six months". This means that those with terminal illnesses who are expected to live longer than this cannot access fast-tracked benefits. Mr Dickson commented: “The benefits system is supposed to provide support and security in times of need, not be a sources of stress and frustration. This is no way for a social security system to operate. Sadly, this seems to be another Tory failure to protec

Dickson Says Integrated Education is the Way Forward

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, says that Integrated Education is the way forward for schools in East Antrim, following the confirmation that Seaview Primary School in Glenarm is to go integrated. Mr Dickson commented: “The decision on Seaview Primary School going integrated is really quite a big step, and makes it the first Catholic Maintained Primary School to make the change. It is also pleasing to see that 95% of parents voted in favour of integration, showing a clear desire for the change.” This follows the decision in February to integrate another East Antrim school: The Central Primary School, Carrickfergus. A decision backed by 86% of parents at the school. Mr Dickson con

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