24/05/2024

£25m Funding Allocated For Early Learning And Childcare

A funding package of £25 million has been announced by Education Minister Paul Givan to support children, parents and providers with early learning and childcare in 2024/25.
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The package of measures is designed to stabilise and support expansion of the early learning and childcare sector, offer all children 22.5 hours pre-school education per week and reduce childcare bills for working parents through a Northern Ireland Childcare Subsidy Scheme.

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24 May 2024
£25m Funding Allocated For Early Learning And Childcare
A funding package of £25 million has been announced by Education Minister Paul Givan to support children, parents and providers with early learning and childcare in 2024/25. The package of measures is designed to stabilise and support expansion of the early learning and childcare sector, offer all children 22.
24 May 2024
New Loan Scheme To Boost Communities Social Needs
An innovative new loan scheme aimed at helping the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector develop capital projects to tackle social need in communities across Northern Ireland has been announced Communities Minister Gordon Lyons.
24 May 2024
Lidl Added £360m To NI Economy In 2023
Lidl Northern Ireland has added a record £360 million into the local economy in 2023 – doubling its annual economic contribution over the past five years – and supported almost 7,000 jobs right across the region, a new report has revealed.
24 May 2024
Translink Announces Bus And Rail Fare Increases
Translink NI has announced fare increases on bus and rail services from Monday 03 June. The public transport provider has announced an increase its average fares by 6% for bus and 10% for rail. According to reports, Metro ticket prices will increase by an average of 10p, with Ulsterbus and Goldliner tickets potentially increasing by as much as 50p.
24 May 2024
Awards To Recognise Social Enterprise Excellence In NI
The Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Awards, in partnership with Go Succeed are back for 2024. The annual awards led by Social Enterprise Northern Ireland recognise and celebrate the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of social enterprises across the region.
24 May 2024
Police Appeal For Information On Aggravated Burglary
PSNI detectives have issued an appeal for information and witnesses following an aggravated burglary at a property in Magherafelt yesterday evening, Thursday 23rd May. Detective Sergeant Murphy said: "At approximately 10.
24 May 2024
Health Minister Welcomes Increase In HSC Staff
Northern Ireland's health and social care whole-time equivalent workforce has increased by over 13% (7,738) in the past five years, according to new figures from the Department of Health. The figures also show that the number of nurses and midwives has increased by 16% (2,443), while medical and dental posts have gone up by 15.
24 May 2024
Appeal For Information On Enniskillen Arson Attack
PSNI detectives have issued an appeal for information following an arson attack on a property in Enniskillen on the night of Thursday 23rd May. Shortly before 8.15pm police received a report of a fire at a flat in the Derrin Park area of Enniskillen.
24 May 2024
Men Appear In Court Following L'Derry Disorder
Two men will appear before Londonderry Magistrates' Court charged with a number of offences following public safety operations in L'Derry.
24 May 2024
Other News In Brief
Police Appeal For Witnesses To Incident In Coleraine The PSNI have issued an appeal for information and witnesses after criminal damage was caused to a house in Coleraine. Police received a report at approximately 10.55pm on Thursday, 23rd May that damage had been caused to the front of a house in the Hendra Court area.