Archive for: December, 2018

Home to School Transport Review launched

The Department of Education has announced a review of the current home to school transport policy. The aim of the review is to ensure that home to school transport is fit for purpose and is sustainable over the long term.     In the region of 84,000 pupils are currently eligible for transport assistance which […]

Local community asked to help boost broadband

The Department for the Economy is asking broadband suppliers and members of the public to help ensure they have correctly identified all those postcodes that contain premises currently unable to access 30 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband services. People are asked to check the lists published online at or visit their local council offices […]

Prevent home heating oil theft this winter

With colder weather upon us, and many households stocking up with home heating oil, The Consumer Council has shared tips to avoid potential oil theft. Richard Williams, Head of Energy Policy at The Consumer Council, said, “Home heating oil tanks can be a target for thieves, especially if they are unsecure.     “If you […]

Volunteers lift millionth piece of marine litter in Rostrevor

Rostrevor was the scene of an historic moment recently as volunteers for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful carried out a clean-up on the town’s beach and lifted the millionth piece of litter that the environmental charity has counted across the ten beaches that they survey nationwide. The organisation has been carrying out these surveys since 2012, […]

Southern Trust Care Home Transformation Proposals

The Southern Trust and the Public Health Agency are working with local Care Homes to help improve the experience of people living in care homes. Local care home managers have participated in a workshop hosted by the Trust in order to share best practice in enhancing the quality and safety of care for residents.   […]

New system for buyers to register cattle by phone

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced an enhancement to the cattle registration telephony system that will allow cattle purchased at a livestock market to be confirmed into the buyer’s herd by phone. Prior to this change, farmers confirmed these animals into their herds by a paper MC2B document or online […]

Christmas bonus for millions of workers

Millions of employees in the service industry could collect an early Christmas present from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Workers including nurses, hairdressers, construction workers and those in retail and food may be able to claim rebates.   Staff in these types of roles sometimes have to dip into their own pockets to pay for […]

‘Take care and know your rights when buying online’ warns Trading Standards

We all love a bargain and many Northern Ireland Consumers will have taken advantage of Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals. Others may still be bargain hunting or desperately searching online for that popular, in-demand Christmas present that has sold out in many stores.     The Department for the Economy’s Trading Standards Service is […]

One in five NI consumers experience additional online delivery costs

With one in five Northern Ireland consumers having experienced additional online delivery costs to Northern Ireland, The Consumer Council is calling for retailers to consider fairer delivery charges to Northern Ireland.    Fair Delivery Day, which coincided with one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, aims to raise awareness of delivery issues consumers […]

Firefighting for a Christmas Number 1

Firefighters from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are aiming for a Christmas number one after teaming up with fire service personnel across the UK to release a charity single. Patsy Begley, Assistant Group Commander (Cookstown District), and Barrie Davies, Station Commander (Lisburn Headquarters), joined over 40 fire service personnel including stars from TV’s […]


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