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Joint Statement by the Department of Health and the Police Service of Northern Ireland

The regulations on social distancing were introduced quickly for very good reason. In an ideal world, they would have received detailed scrutiny at the Assembly before becoming law. Unscrupulous traders profiteering by exploiting Covid-19 warned Unscrupulous traders profiteering by exploiting Covid-19 warned However, we are not living in an ideal world at present. The overriding priority at...
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COVID-19 £25,000 Business Support Grant Scheme

£25,000 BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT SCHEME FOR THE RETAIL, HOSPITALITY, TOURISM AND LEISURE SECTORS APPLICATION

A one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure sectors operating in a premises with a rateable value of £15,001 or up to £51,000. This is the rateable value on the...
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Minister’s statement to the Assembly Ad Hoc Committee

As Economy Minister, my role right now is to try and mitigate the worst impacts on our economy by protecting as many livelihoods as possible. By doing this, I believe, we will safeguard the economic foundations on which our recovery must be built. This is the reason why we are working hard to distribute over £400m...
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Economy Minister highlights alternative employment opportunities

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has offered her support to people looking for alternative work due to the impact of COVID-19 on jobs across Northern Ireland

The Minister said:
“I want to reassure businesses and workers that my department is working hard to support you through the uncertainty of the current economic situation.”
Mrs Dodds said that there...
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Mallon urges the public to support frontline workers

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon is urging the public to stay safe and follow the guidance, as essential workers continue to maintain valuable services for the whole community. Speaking today Minister Mallon said: “This is not an easy time for any of us and we all need to play our part by staying at home and following government...
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Payments in Small Business Support Grant Schemes to start early next week

The first payment in the Small Business Support Grant Scheme will be made on March 31, if not before, Economy Minister Diane Dodds said today. The Minister also announced that an online portal, set up to support the payments, went live today. The portal provides the facility for business to register their bank details in order...
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Minister updates the Assembly on the state of the economy during Covid-19 crisis

This is the most serious health and economic crisis any of us has ever lived through and Northern Ireland needs bravery, compassion, support and leadership to get through it. The Minister said it is her priority to mitigate against the impact on our economy. She emphasised that help is available and highlighted measures - introduced by...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What is it? Under the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. This applies to employees who have been asked to stop working, but who are...
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DVA suspends testing of lorries, trailers and buses

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will suspend the testing of HGVs (lorries) and trailers, and buses for three months from the last test today, following the latest advice about the spread of the Coronavirus. All HGV and PSV vehicles except taxis, with an MOT, will be issued...
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