Lyons: UDA flags at primary school ‘outrageous’

The erection of dozens of paramilitary flags in South Belfast in recent days shows that despite recent talk of flag protocols, there are some who continue to act as if they’re beyond the law.
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Parties unite in call for fairer treatment of terminally ill PIP claimants

The SDLP, DUP, Sinn Fein, UUP, Alliance and Greens have joined forces to sign a letter to the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities calling for work to begin on a fairer definition of terminal illness to be applied in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process.
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McCrossan welcomes Home Office U-turn on Billy Caldwell case

Following confirmation that the Home Office will be returning cannabis oil to Billy Caldwell, SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan says that he is delighted the decision has been overturned.
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Mallon: Universal Credit was never about people

SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson Nichola Mallon MLA has said the hard hitting National Audit Office Report into the roll out of Universal Credit is further evidence that it is causing financial hardship for families, greater reliance on foodbanks and a marked increase in homelessness. Commenting following the release of the National Audit Office Report into the rollout of Universal Credit, the SDLP Deputy Leader has said that this is further evidence that Universal Credit is causing undue stress to claimants and some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
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Dallat: Traceability Scheme needed for disposal of tyres

SDLP Spokesperson for the Environment John Dallat has renewed his call for a traceability scheme for used tyres. His call comes after receiving an e-mail stating the Department for Infrastructure is “encouraged by what seems to be a reduction of tyres on a bonfire site at Finvoy, County Antrim compared with recent years”.
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