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Northern Ireland Assembly: Matter of the Day: Cost-of-living Crisis (14 Mar 2022)

Andy Allen: The cost-of-living crisis, which is pushing every household across Northern Ireland beyond the brink, is not new. We have known about it for quite some time, and — I will be frank and honest — the response has been inadequate. The Assembly came together in November 2021 to call for an emergency energy payment scheme, and it is only rolling out now. Although that payment is welcome, it...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Energy Payment Support Scheme (1 Mar 2022)

Andy Allen: Rightly, the Minister pointed out that the cost-of-living crisis will not end any time soon. It is apparent from the Minister's remarks and from the fact that individuals have been excluded from the energy support scheme and the emergency fuel payment scheme that many households in Northern Ireland will be pushed beyond the brink. I implore the Minister to do all that she can, working with...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Supplementary Payments (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Feb 2022)

Andy Allen: Will the Member agree that our current housing selection scheme is not fit for purpose? While I appreciate that amendments have been tabled, the selection scheme does not currently afford those who wish to downsize the ability to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Supplementary Payments (Amendment) Bill: Consideration Stage (8 Feb 2022)

Andy Allen: Unlike the Member for North Belfast, I was not involved in the long and protracted conversations about welfare reform at that time — I first entered the Assembly in September 2015 — but, as a constituency MLA who sees at first hand, as do many other Members, the effects of welfare reform on many of my constituents, I place on record my thanks to the Members who came together on this. I...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: The draft Welfare Supplementary Payment (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (8 Feb 2022)

Andy Allen: I do not intend to speak for long. I just wish to speak briefly in welcoming these much-awaited regulations to close what have become known as the loopholes in respect of the bedroom tax and the benefit cap. As we well know, it took over two years for the various elements of these mitigations to come to the House. I wish to reaffirm my frustration and dismay that that resulted in some £3·2...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Supplementary Payments (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (19 Jan 2022)

Andy Allen: Minister, you highlighted that very early in your tenure as Minister you brought forward the mitigations to the Executive. When did you become aware that there was a logjam in respect of the end date?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Supplementary Payments (Amendment) Bill: Second Stage (19 Jan 2022)

Andy Allen: This is a relatively small Bill in comparison with some that have gone through the House. Even in the last two days, Members have been in the Chamber until well past 9.00 pm for consideration of one particular Bill. It is a small Bill, but it has a huge meaning for the tens of thousands of households right across Northern Ireland that will be impacted should we lose the mitigations. We can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Supplementary Payments (Amendment) Bill: Accelerated Passage (19 Jan 2022)

Andy Allen: It is important to cast our minds back to 2019, when we did not have the institutions and when various media outlets raised and magnified this issue and the fact that we were heading towards a cliff edge. Rightly, the Cliff Edge Coalition has highlighted repeatedly the fact that there is an unacceptable cliff edge and has lobbied and campaigned for politicians to resolve the situation. We...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme: Easements (18 Jan 2022)

Andy Allen: T5. Mr Allen asked the Minister for Communities to detail the easements referred to by her officials at a briefing to the Committee for Communities, when they said that the £2 million for the Bryson Charitable Group scheme came from departmental easements. (AQT 1945/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme: Easements (18 Jan 2022)

Andy Allen: I thank the Minister for her answer. Minister, during that briefing, your officials confirmed to the Committee that no consideration had been given to additional funding for the three-year budget period. We talked about the need for ongoing support for further years. How will the Department achieve that with no additional funding?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme (18 Jan 2022)

Andy Allen: The Minister and her colleagues highlighted the unprecedented scale of the cost-of-living crisis that we are facing. We are all of the mind that that will last for many years, unfortunately. Will the Minister outline the Department's long-term strategy to deal with that? As such, has it given consideration to the introduction of the warm homes discount?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Charities: Funding (30 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: Will the Minister elaborate on some of the needs highlighted by the charities, and will she give a commitment today that the full £5 million will go out the door to those charities that desperately need that money?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Charities: Funding (30 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: T10. Mr Allen asked the Minister for Communities, after declaring an interest as a trustee of a charity, whether, eight months after money for charities was allocated to her Department, she can give more detail on the eligible schemes, given that the matter has been with her Department for some time. (AQT 1860/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Empty Homes Strategy and Action Plan 2013-2018 (30 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: Minister, in the October monitoring round, your colleague the Finance Minister highlighted £66·7 million of unallocated financial transactions capital funding. Are any proposals under consideration by your Department to further leverage that funding?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Winter Support (30 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: 9. Mr Allen asked the Minister for Communities for an update on proposals to provide support to people facing fuel poverty as a result of rises in the cost of living. (AQO 2830/17-22)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Communities: Winter Support (30 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: I welcome the Minister's confirmation that she has written to her colleague the Finance Minister in relation to the Barnett consequential derived from the UK vulnerable household scheme. Minister, the rising cost of living will be with us for a very long time. With that in mind, can you advise whether you have engaged with sectoral colleagues and those in the sector with expertise and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Disability Modifications: Public Portal (22 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: T1. Mr Allen asked the Minister for Infrastructure, after welcoming the Department's Think Before You Park awareness campaign in relation to pavement parking and stating that another issue experienced by many wheelchair users is the lack of dropped kerbs on some footpaths, to outline whether the Department has considered a public-facing portal where requests for such modifications could be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure: Disability Modifications: Public Portal (22 Nov 2021)

Andy Allen: I thank the Minister for her answer and commitment to look into the issue. When will the consultation on obstructive parking go live?


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