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East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his delight as the first Sod was cut at the former Greenisland House Nursing Home to make way for the supported living project.

Mr Dickson said:  “It is my understanding that this new build, which will be similar to the Barn Halt Supported Living Complex, will not be wholly a dementia scheme, but will be an older people’s scheme, which when built will be future proofed for clients who have, or may develop, mild to moderate dementia.

“I have long supported the redevelopment of the site and this £4.2million investment should vastly improve the service delivery to those who need this type of support whilst also assisting the transition to, and implementation of, Transforming Your Care.

“As our society ages, dementia is becoming more commonplace, that means we must, as a matter of urgency, ensure that high quality provision is available for people with dementia.  This means reforming our Health and Social Care system and creating innovative models of housing such as this, which allows for people to retain a high degree of independence, whilst incorporating a social safety net within.”

The new scheme is to be located on the Shore Road in Greenisland and developed by ‘Choice’ Housing Association in conjunction with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Mr Dickson concluded: “This project demonstrates that caring for the most vulnerable in society requires a multi-agency and coordinated response, therefore we must allocate funding wisely across our entire budget to ensure people can access the high quality health and social care, housing and support they deserve.

“I therefore sincerely hope that the current budgetary impasse at the Assembly can be resolved, to ensure that funding for such pioneering facilities can be maintained, and indeed increased.”

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Stewart Dickson MLA has lead the Alliance Party defence of the Human Rights Act in the Assembly.

Proposing an Alliance Party motion, Mr Dickson emphasised how fundamental our Human Rights Act is to the everyday lives of everyone: "Human rights are key to any democracy, and the Conservatives should know better than to play politics with people's liberty".

Mr Dickson went on to explain the origins of the the Human Rights Act: "The European Convention on Human Rights is a set of universal and inalienable rights conceived after the injustices and horrors of inhuman treatment, suffered by so many people in the era of the totalitarian state in the 1930s and 1940s. The ECHR is in fact one of the key legacies of Winston Churchill and the hard won victory over appalling wickedness in 1945. It defies rational thought that Churchill's own party would seek to undermine one of his greatest achievements.

"If Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, can be full members, it is a worrying indication of this new government's priorities, if it is felt too onerous for the UK to comply with basic human rights rulings, and for it to abandon any concept of carrying the torch for human rights internationally. How could we challenge the human rights records of other countries around the world, while at the same time the UK Government seeks to undermine the rights of our own citizens?"

Speaking after the vote Mr Dickson welcomed the Assembly backing of the motion: "this result sends a strong message to Mr Cameron, we will not accept the undermining of our rights so he can placate his party, we will steadfastly fight this retrograde, irrational policy."

The full speech can be viewed here.

 

East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has defended the Human Rights Act, saying that it is "fundamental" to the peace settlement of Northern Ireland, and maintaining the rights we take for granted everyday.

The letter can be viewed here.

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