AQW 805/22-27 – Housing Executive Housing Grants

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities to detail the budget implications for provision of Housing Executive Housing Grants. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: In the ongoing absence of a functioning Executive and an agreed Executive Budget, my Department is operating within a constrained Contingency Planning Envelope. ENDS

AQW 27732/17-22 – Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what urgent measures are being taken to deliver a working application system for the Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: As a contributor my Department is and will remain fully engaged with Bryson Care, as scheme operator, to ensure the overall … Continue reading AQW 27732/17-22 – Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme

AQW 27659/17-22 – Section 76 Planning Agreements

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities how much money has been collected by her Department though Section 76 Planning Agreements; and to detail how and where this money has been spent. Minister for Communities: My Department has had no involvement in Section 76 Planning Agreements and, therefore, has collected no … Continue reading AQW 27659/17-22 – Section 76 Planning Agreements

AQW 27657/17-22 – Furniture poverty

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what studies and research her Department has undertaken into the impact of furniture poverty in social rented and private rented dwellings. Minister for Communities: The ‘Assessment of the need for furniture provision for new NIHE tenants’, which was published by the Housing Executive considers … Continue reading AQW 27657/17-22 – Furniture poverty

AQW 15635/17-22 – COVID-19 special recognition payment

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities whether the £500 COVID-19 special recognition payment to Health and Social Care workers will be determined as income for claimants of Universal Credit and other means-tested benefits. Minister for Communities: I am fully supportive of the payment of COVID-19 related support grants to workers … Continue reading AQW 15635/17-22 – COVID-19 special recognition payment

AQO 1426/17-22 – Personal Independence Payment appeals

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities to outline her plans to address the backlog of outstanding Personal Independence Payment appeals. Minister for Communities: My department continues to list benefit appeals, including PIP appeals, for hearing despite the challenges faced as a result of the pandemic. To maximise listing capacity TAS … Continue reading AQO 1426/17-22 – Personal Independence Payment appeals

AQW 8994/17-22 – Self-isolation Support Grant

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what measures she is taking to introduce a self-isolation support grant for people on low income. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: On 25 March Minister Hargey responded swiftly to the pandemic by introducing a non-repayable Discretionary Support COVID19 living expenses grant where a person … Continue reading AQW 8994/17-22 – Self-isolation Support Grant

McGlone Calls for COVID-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Communities Minister to introduce a self-isolation support grant for people on low incomes who cannot work from home. Mr McGlone said, "At present, workers on low incomes in the private sector who have to self-isolate because of COVID-19, and cannot work from home, are … Continue reading McGlone Calls for COVID-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant