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Hanna: A Brexit referendum built on untruths broke the faith of many people

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Durkan calls for improved replacement to Sure Start Grant

SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has called for Northern Ireland to implement an improved pregnancy grant similar to the Pregnancy and Baby Payment recently announced in Scotland. The package, which has replaced the Sure Start Grant, helps low income families cover some of the costs associated with having a child. Comprised of three payments during pregnancy and two additional early learning payments thereafter, the grant will be open for applications by Summer 2019.
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Attwood: Strategic Policy Resources Committee Reject Anti-Poverty Fund Proposal

SDLP Councillor Tim Attwood has expressed disappointment that his proposal to create an anti-poverty crisis intervention fund was rejected by Sinn Féin and DUP at a meeting of Strategic Policy and Resources Committee today, which was discussing the rate setting process. Instead, £500,000 has been allocated to Summer Intervention Diversionary Fund for area festivals.
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Durkan on Human Rights Day: “We all have an important role to play”

SDLP Mark H Durkan, MLA has spoken ahead of Human Rights Day 10th December, acknowledging how far Northern Ireland has come and the journey ahead in regards to achieving equality/equal rights for all its citizens.
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McGrath: Removal of free school transport worrying

SDLP Education Spokesperson Colin McGrath MLA has expressed concern over the Department of Education’s announcement of a review of its ‘Home to School’ transport. Mr McGrath added that any change to the financing of school transport would be a damning indictment of how government, or lack of, is failing school children in Northern Ireland.
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