Durkan concerned at online benefits barrier

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SDLP Social Development Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has expressed his concerns that Universal Credit will be administered largely on the internet. Mr. Durkan was speaking following the publication of research which suggests that there are significant numbers of people in Northern Ireland, including those in social housing, who do not have regular access to the world wide web: I am …

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Durkan: Construction Investment must become an Executive Priority

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SDLP Social Development Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has argued that investment in the construction industry must become a priority for the Executive. He was speaking following an SDLP motion which was debated in the Assembly on Monday 12 November: Every day we open the papers, turn on the news there is some other business in bother. The construction industry has …

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Durkan Urges Minister To Defer Introduction Of Bedroom Tax

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SDLP Social Development spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has criticised Minister Nelson McCausland for ruling out any proposal to defer the introduction of the Bedrooom Tax or under-occupancy legislation from becoming law here. Mr Durkan said: Mr McCausland’s dismissal of what is, in my opinion, a conservative suggestion from NIFHA to defer the bedroom tax for six months displays a …

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Durkan Slams Minister Over Failure To Disclose Job Loss Figures

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has hit out at Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland for failing to inform the public about job losses flowing from the implementation of Universal Credit. Mr. Durkan was speaking after hearing evidence from NIPSA regarding the Welfare Reform Bill during a meeting of the Social Development Committee today at Stormont. Mr. Durkan said: During …

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Durkan: DETI Committee To Visit City Of Culture

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed the decision of the Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) Committee to visit Derry following the launch of the City of Culture Progamme at 12noon today. Mr. Durkan said: I am delighted the chair of the DETI committee, my party colleague Patsy McGlone, has accepted my invitation to visit Derry along with other …

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Durkan: Food Banks A Lifeline For Many

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SDLP Social Development spokesperson Mark H Durkan has praised the outstanding contribution of food bank providers. Speaking ahead of an Assembly debate on this issue Mr. Durkan also highlighted the implications of the Welfare Reform Bill on many struggling families: The need for food banks is greater than ever with more and more people suffering severe poverty while demand for …

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Durkan: Dissidents Will Not Deter Our City

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SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan has criticised those responsible for a security alert in Derry following the discovery of two explosive devices near Derry City Council. A pipe bomb was left in a holdall at Derry City Council’s office grounds and a booby trap attached to a bicycle chained to railings on a walkway at the back of the …

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