07/05/2021Sinn Fein is calling for more details about the Department for Economy's High Street Voucher Scheme.
The party's MLA Caoimhe Archibald said she is concerned at the "lack of detail". She said: "When questioned, officials could not confirm where and what the voucher could be spent on and would not give firm answers to the economic impact of the scheme."More than half the money allocated for economic recovery is going towards this scheme and it is crucial that it is fit for purpose and helps boost the local economy.
"The Minister and the department need to get their act together quickly if this scheme is to be up and running by August as intended and if it is to be successful. "I will continue to press the Minister and seek answers on this scheme."
Latest Northern Ireland News07 May 2021
Donaldson And Poots Confirmed As DUP Leadership Candidates
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots are to stand as candidates for the DUP leadership.
Gregory Campbell, Paula Bradley and Paul Frew are the candidates for deputy leader, the party chairman Lord Morrow said in a statement.07 May 2021
NI Care Home Restrictions Ease
Restrictions for visitors to care homes in Northern Ireland are being eased today, 07 May. People are now able to visit care homes twice a week. NI's Commissioner for Older People Eddie Lynch is calling on care homes to "adhere to the new guidance".07 May 2021
Warning Issued After Elderly Residents Targeted By Scammers In East Belfast
The PSNI have issued a warning after a number of elderly residents have been targeted by scammers in east Belfast.
On Thursday night, 07 May, police received a high number of calls reporting a certain telephone scam. The person claims to be 'Constable Magill from Strandtown Police Station Fraud Department'.06 May 2021
30 Times More People Waiting Over 6 Months For Heart Surgery
30 times more people are waiting over six months for heart surgery in Northern Ireland than a year ago, according to analysis by British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland. The latest figures show the seismic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on potentially life saving surgery for heart patients as services were pushed to the limit.06 May 2021
Human Rights Commission Challenges Law On Offenders Rehabilitation In NI
The Human Rights Commission is challenging the current law on the rehabilitation of offenders in Northern Ireland.
The current law prevents any convictions of more than 30 months in prison from ever becoming spent. The full hearing will be heard remotely at 10.30am on 6 May in the Judicial Review Court, Belfast.06 May 2021
Consultation Launches On Victims' Experiences Of The Criminal Justice System
A public consultation has launched on proposals to improve the experiences of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system. The consultation will seek views on two areas: o a new three-year draft Victim and Witness Strategy for Northern Ireland o proposals for the establishment of a Victims of Crime Commissioner for Northern Ireland.06 May 2021
Woman Arrested Over Abuse Allegations At Muckamore Abbey Hospital
A 58-year-old woman has been arrested by police investigating allegations of ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital on the outskirts of Antrim.
She was detained in the Antrim area. Last week, a 52-year-old woman was arrested as part of the investigation and another woman was also arrested this week.06 May 2021
Man Attacked In Ballymena
A man has been attacked by two intruders who forced their way into a house in Ballymena. The victim was punched in the face and beaten with a baseball bat at a property on Princess Street at around 6pm on Tuesday, 04 May.
He did not need hospital treatment, however he did receive media attention.