From Arlene Foster MLA <[email protected]>
Subject DUP News Update - 10th October
Date October 10, 2020 6:59 AM
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DUP News Update - 10th October 2020

** Round up of the week
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First Minister Arlene Foster speaking after todays discussions with the Chancellor.
Following the announcement of the latest support package by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Party Leader Arlene Foster held discussions with Rishi Sunak and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury this afternoon to discuss its implications.

Party representatives, including the First Minister have been pressing the Government to offer additional assistance to businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

Following the discussions the Party Leader highlighted that alongside the measures announced, Northern Ireland would recieve £200million additional funding to assist with business support.

The announcement comes after the Executive announced some additional regulations on face coverings, alongside changes to the consequences for those who breach regulations.

Face coverings must now also be worn:
* By staff in retail and hospitality settings
* When boarding a plane
* In taxis and private buses
* When visiting government offices such as Jobs & Benefit Offices
* In banks, building societies and credit unions
* By driving instructors and their clients

The tariff for breaching Covid penalty notices has now been increased to £200 and three additional offences have been created:
* For not closing a business under the regulations
* Breaching early closing requirements for hospitality businesses
* For not implementing measures to maintain social distancing.

These will be punishable by a fine of up to £10,000 or a fixed penalty notice starting at £1,000 up to a maximum of £10,000.

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Party Leader Arlene Foster addresses the NI Executive media briefing yesterday.

** Also this week
* DAERA Minister Edwin Poots visited a local supplier as Northern Ireland beef ([link removed]) shipped to the United States for the first time in twenty years.

* Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced 3,000 free online training places ([link removed]) for people whose employment has been disrupted by Covid-19.

* Mid Ulster MLA Keith Buchanan said further answers were required ([link removed]) from the GAA following scenes at a match in Bellaghy last weekend. .

* Chair of the Infrastructure Committee Michelle McIlveen criticised the Infrastructure Minister for forcing MoT customers ([link removed]) to stand in the rain without shelter whilst tests were taking place.

* DAERA Minister Edwin Poots announced a further £1.7million ([link removed]) to Northern Ireland's fishing fleet.

* North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said Gerry Kelly's commitment to the rule of law ([link removed]) would be judged by actions rather than words.

* East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said a report by the Intelligence & Security Committee ([link removed]) highlighted the need to scrap lenient sentencing.

* Economy Minister Diane Dodds announced two new schemes to support business recovery ([link removed]) .

* Mid Ulster MLA Keith Buchanan accused the Infrastructure Minister of denying reality ([link removed]) on driving tests, whilst Christopher Stalford accused Nichola Mallon of punishing young people ([link removed]) and called for The Executive Office to intervene.

* Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart used a debate in Westminster to call for immedate iaction on online age verification ([link removed]) .

* Foyle MLA Gary Middleon said police must investigate the invasion of a bank ([link removed]) branch in Londonderry by dissident republicans.

* DAERA Minister Edwin Poots announced a commitment to work towards a clean air strategy ([link removed]) .

** Consultations Launched

This week the Party launched two new policy consultations on Infrastructure and Youth Policy in Northern Ireland.
Respond to our consultations here ([link removed])

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