Results 181–200 of 2170 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Morrow

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Causeway Volunteer Centre: Funding Cuts (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: The Member makes a salient point, and I think it is a good point: in reality, the voluntary sector often saves money. That point is not missed, and, indeed, when it comes to funding the voluntary sector, that is one of the issues that is analysed and carefully considered. I believe, as I have said to others — I mean this sincerely — that the sector plays a vital role in the communities...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Portrush Public Realm Scheme: Update (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Yes, I think I can, if I can pick it up here. In 2011, Coleraine Borough Council commissioned a feasibility study that determined that it was technically possible to build pontoons and extend Portrush harbour to create a marina with up to 220 berths at a potential cost of between £10 million and £14 million. In June 2015, further work was commissioned to determine whether other...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Portrush Public Realm Scheme: Update (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: I will be definitive, and I will give the Member an assurance that every determined effort will be made to ensure that Portrush is looking very slick when that important event comes along in 2019. The Member can go back to Portrush tomorrow and tell everybody that.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Housing Stress: East Belfast (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Land acquisition has always been a major issue, and it does not get resolved quickly. In my constituency and in the town of Dungannon, where I live, there are always problems about where we can get land for housing. Let it be said that the Housing Executive and those tasked with the job of identifying areas for build are pursuing these issues and trying to plan not just 12 months but years...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: The average and maximum levels of benefits protected each year by the planned mitigation measures as part of welfare reform are as follows. The employment and support allowance (ESA) time-limiting average is £5,327, and the maximum is £5,327. The adult disability premium average is £3,640, and the maximum is £10,024. The disability protection average is £2,005, and the maximum is...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Ultimately, the full universal credit award will be subject to the cap.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Sometimes, it is not a matter of what the Minister is or is not comfortable with; it is about what the regulations clearly state must happen. I never have any control over that. I will double-check the number of families for you, because I know that you will be interested in the exact detail. I will forward that to you.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: An annual net income of £26,000 is equivalent to a gross income of approximately £33,700.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Yes. I have to assume that the expert panel is content. I would be bitterly disappointed — I suspect that the House and others would be, too — if it were not. After all, it is the expert panel that has been providing these figures for us and doing the work. As the questioner and I referred to, they are the experts and we are led by them. If it transpires later that, in fact, they are...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: The mitigation scheme is designed to provide financial support to claimants who are in receipt of benefits when the welfare reforms are introduced. Furthermore, the introduction of a time limit means that affected claimants will be notified of the change only a few months before their benefit is reduced or stopped altogether. Effectively, the one-year time-limiting rule will be applied...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing: South Antrim (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: I can advise that work on 248 new social housing units is planned to start in the South Antrim parliamentary constituency area over the next two years. You will also be interested to note that, so far in the 2015-16 financial year, 74 new social housing units have been completed in South Antrim, with a further nine nearing completion. Of course, you will be aware that programme schemes can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing: South Antrim (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: The Housing Executive, as the arbiter of housing need, determines how many new homes should be provided in any specific geographical area and progresses schemes to meet the demand. The Housing Executive is working to address housing stress in South Antrim in a number of ways. It is addressed most notably through, for example, the reletting of existing stock, the refurbishment of void...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing: South Antrim (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: South Antrim and West Tyrone are a wee bit apart, but that in no way diminishes the Member's concerns, because what applies in one part of the Province is very often replicated in other parts. What is happening in his constituency, and I am not being glib, is not much different from what is happening in other regions and areas of Northern Ireland: there is housing stress and housing need in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing: County Fermanagh (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Unfortunately, the information is not available in the format that the Member asked for. I can, however, advise that 47 social houses were completed in the former Fermanagh District Council area in the 2015-16 financial year. Those new homes were built in the Enniskillen area.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing: County Fermanagh (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: I can give the Member the assurance that there is no attempt to leave County Fermanagh out of any future social housing development. I say this to him, which he might find useful: there were 82 new social housing starts in the former Fermanagh District Council area between 2010-11 and 2014-15. That equated to a total spend of £9·7 million, of which £4·9 million was made up of housing...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Social Housing: Grosvenor Barracks, Enniskillen (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: I assure the Member that I am not doing anything to obstruct, nor am I being awkward about, the building of new homes in County Fermanagh. After all, and I am sure the Member has noticed, I represent Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the Assembly. As a Member for the area, I am sure that it will come as some comfort and relief to him that very often his concerns about housing are mine.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Gas Heating: East Belfast (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: I thank the Member for her question. The Housing Executive has advised me that, pursuant to your previous question on this matter, a further 46 homes in East Belfast have been converted to gas, leaving 664 that have Economy 7, oil or solid fuel heating still to be converted. Of those, 358 are included in heating replacement schemes that are either ongoing or due to commence by April 2017....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Gas Heating: East Belfast (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: The Housing Executive policy is to install gas heating in accordance with its programme in properties where gas is available and it is technically feasible to do so.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Gas Heating: East Belfast (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: Yes. That is the intention where it is doable, but it may not be practical in every instance. Surprisingly, and similar to the answer to the main and supplementary questions, some people, in particular, elderly people, do not want changes in their home. They do not want the hassle. There is no enforcement when a tenant says, "Look, I would prefer to carry on with things the way they are"....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Gas Heating: East Belfast (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Maurice Morrow: The Member raises an interesting question about whether it is possible to reduce the qualifying time. There are no plans to do that at the moment. However, since it has been raised, I will look at this in the few days that I remain in the Department. I think it is something that should be looked at, and, if it is practical to do so, I cannot see why it cannot be done. But there will still...


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