Durkan: Still More Questions Than Answers On Future Of Housing

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SDLP Social Development spokesperson Mark H Durkan has responded to a statement form Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland in the Assembly today on social housing reform. The Foyle MLA said: While I welcome the fact that Nelson McCausland has seen fit to bring this latest statement on the future of social housing reform to the assembly there are still major …

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Durkan: Action Needed To Tackle Suicide

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has responded to figures that suggest the suicide rate in the North is up by 100 per cent. Mr Durkan was speaking following a parliamentary debate on the issue in Westminster yesterday. He said: The revelation this week that the incidence of suicide in Northern Ireland has doubled over the last fifteen years will …

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Durkan Supports Introduction Of HPV Test

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed the announcement by the Health Minister Edwin Poots that a test for HPV has now been incorporated within the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme. Mr Durkan said: The decision taken by the Health Minister to incorporate a test for HPV into the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme is most welcome. This will go some …

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Durkan Emphasises Importance Of Internet Safety

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has highlighted the importance of the need for increased measures to support and protect children Foyle. Mr Durkan will be speaking in a debate in the Assembly tomorrow calling on the Office of the Minister and Deputy First Minister to bring forward an Internet Safety Strategy for children. He said: With 99% of children …

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Durkan Welcomes Tenancy Deposit Scheme

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SDLP Social Development spokesperson MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation from the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland that the Tenancy Deposit Scheme will be introduced. Mr Durkan who has been calling for the scheme to be introduced for some time said: The Tenancy Deposit Scheme will be mutually beneficial for Tenants and Landlords. Having a third party who acts …

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Eastwood: Equality and Human Rights provisions fundamental to welfare reform

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SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood has highlighted the deficiencies in the Welfare Reform Bill. He was speaking along with his colleague Mark H Durkan in the Assembly today regarding the report of the Ad Hoc Committee set up to consider whether the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill conform with the requirements for equality and human rights. Mr Eastwood said: Equality …

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Durkan: Executive Must Do More To Tackle Social Disadvantage

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has urged the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland to deal with the scourge of social disadvantage and fulfill the pledges set out in the Programme for Government. Mr. Durkan was speaking following a debate in the Assembly today on the need to address social disadvantage: The SDLP had sought to amend the motion …

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Durkan Welcomes Delay To DLA Reform

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SDLP Social Development Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has welcomed news that DWP has delayed making changes to people’s DLA assessment. Mr Durkan made his remarks following an announcement which was made today by the Minister for Social Development on the delay. Mr Durkan said: The decision by DWP to delay the movement of existing DLA claimants with indefinite awards to …

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Durkan Urges Elderly To Avail Of Benefit Entitlements

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SDLP Social Development spokesperson Mark H Durkan has welcomed the Make the Call campaign which seeks to help pensioners find out if they are missing out on benefits they may be entitled to. Mr. Durkan said: I welcome the government’s campaign to encourage elderly people to Make the Call to see if they are entitled to new or additional benefits. …

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Durkan: Tourism vital to Derry’s Development

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has spoken about the potential for growth in tourism figures in Derry following 2013. He said: News of the apparent failure of the Northern Ireland Our Time Our Place campaign and the dip in tourism figures has been reported in the press this week. I have spoken to tourism providers in the City and …

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