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SDLP reaction to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments

SDLP Brexit Spokesperson Claire Hanna MLA has reacted to comments from Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg who has said that he believes he does not need to visit the border as it would not offer any "greater insight" into the issues surrounding Brexit and the border than what he can get from studying it. Ms Hanna has said that like other Brexiteers, "he has failed to engage in the details."
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McCusker calls emergency meeting about rough sleeping increases

SDLP North Belfast Councillor Paul McCusker has noted with grave concern the increase in rough sleeping in Belfast City Centre of late. Cllr McCusker has been involved in homelessness outreach for over a decade and has recently witnessed a steady increase of individuals from many walks of life sleeping on the streets.
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Mallon Welcomes Independent Inquiry Panel to Review the Recall of Neurology Patients

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon MLA who uncovered the neurology recall scandal within the Belfast Trust has welcomed the announcement from the Department of Health that an Independent Inquiry Panel will be established to review the recall of patients.
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Mallon Demands British Government U-turn on support for kinship carers apply in Northern Ireland

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon MLA has demanded that the Department for Communities ensures that the Westminster Government’s U-turn on kinship carers being penalised by the two-child tax rule will apply here. The U-turn by the Work and Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey, comes in the wake of a High Court Ruling that the policy, as it applied to carers who look after younger siblings to prevent them from being taken into care, was “perverse and unlawful”. In 2016 Ministers promised that kinship carers would not be penalised by the two-child limit. However, in practice it emerged that the exemption was only for carers who had children first and then became guardian to a third child, not the other way around.
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SDLP: Delays for paediatric surgery are unacceptable

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly has said that it is unacceptable that a number of paediatric surgeries have been delayed in the Southern Health Trust in Craigavon Area Hospital and Daisy Hill. Mrs Kelly will be meeting with the Chief Executive of the Southern Trust later this month and will be making representations on behalf of concerned families regarding this issue. Sinead Bradley, SDLP MLA for South Down has said that these delays are adding more unnecessary stress to an already stressful situation and the Trust must work to resolve the issues as soon as possible and provide information to concerned families.
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