McGlone welcomes £21.4m COVID-19 support scheme

SDLP Agriculture and Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Patsy McGlone MLA has welcomed the opening of a £21.4m support scheme, which will benefit more than 11,000 local farms. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "I welcome this announcement today and I encourage all local farmers to apply for this support scheme when it opens on Monday 7th September. … Continue reading McGlone welcomes £21.4m COVID-19 support scheme

AQW 5773/17-22 – Financial Support for Childcare Sector

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Education (i) what financial support scheme will be made available for the recovery of the childcare sector; and (ii) when the scheme will open. Minister of Education: I announced the £10.5 million Childcare Recovery Support fund for the childcare sector on 22 July. As part … Continue reading AQW 5773/17-22 – Financial Support for Childcare Sector

AQW 3672/17-22 – Medical Assessment Centres

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what protective measures are being put in place at medical assessment centres for Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance applications for people with increased health susceptibilities. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: Minister Hargey’s announcement on 16 March confirmed that … Continue reading AQW 3672/17-22 – Medical Assessment Centres

AQW 5596/17-22 – HSE Inspections

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for the Economy, pursuant to AQW 5085/17-22, (i) how many of the 21 inspections were unannounced; (ii) how many of the 21 inspections recorded deficiencies in those food processing plants; and (iii) where deficiencies were recorded, what enforcement actions were taken by the Health and Safety … Continue reading AQW 5596/17-22 – HSE Inspections

Meat processing workers must be protected

SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson Patsy McGlone MLA has said that workers at meat processing plants must be assured that every step is being taken to secure their safety following reports of a small number of Covid-19 cases at Moy Park.  Mr McGlone said that the North must learn from outbreaks at meat processing plants in other … Continue reading Meat processing workers must be protected

AQW 5459/17-22 – Site Inspections Food Processing Plants

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for the Economy, pursuant to AQW 4123/17-22, how many of the ten unannounced inspections recorded deficiencies in those food processing plants; and what enforcement actions were taken by the Health and Safety Executive. Minister for the Economy: HSENI did not identify any breaches requiring formal enforcement … Continue reading AQW 5459/17-22 – Site Inspections Food Processing Plants

AQW 4688/17-22 – Financial Support for Manufacturing Businesses

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for the Economy, pursuant to AQW 4009/17-22, what further review has been undertaken to develop financial support for manufacturing businesses with a total Net Annual Value over £15,001. [Priority Written] Minister for the Economy: This is an evolving situation and my Department, along with Executive colleagues, … Continue reading AQW 4688/17-22 – Financial Support for Manufacturing Businesses

McGlone: people with disabilities should not be disadvantaged in the new normal

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone has written to the First and deputy First Minister asking what measures have been taken to ensure that people with sight loss or other disabilities are not disadvantaged, as we recover from COVID-19. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "As we enter the recovery phase, it is crucial that citizens … Continue reading McGlone: people with disabilities should not be disadvantaged in the new normal