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Man Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

A man has been convicted for claiming benefits he was not entitles to at Ballymena Magistrates' Court.

Daniel Joyce claimed Jobseekers Allowance totalling £4,740 while failing to declare employment. He was given a 15 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £34.

He is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

NI Housing Association To Develop Over 50 Homes In South Belfast

A housing association in Northern Ireland is to develop over 50 new homes in south Belfast.

Clanmil Housing is to build 55 new social homes in the Annadale Embankment area.

Green Party Deputy Leader, Clare Bailey MLA, welcomed the announcement.

She said: "Not only is Clanmill creating secure, affordable homes, they are investing in the local economy through job creation.
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"Given that 60% of Northern Ireland's privately rented houses are in South Belfast, with 50% of those houses yet to be registered on the landlords’ register, Clanmill’s social housing strategy is badly needed.

"A house should be a home, not just a roof over your head. Clanmill Housing Association should be commended for their building programme."

Deputy Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council Selected

SDLP Faughan Councillor Jim McKeever has been selected to serve as the Deputy Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council.

He will take up the post on 06 June.

Cllr McKeever said: "I am honoured to have been selected by the SDLP to serve as Deputy Mayor for all the people of Derry and Strabane District Council and I look forward to working with our incoming Mayor Hilary McClintock to address the needs of all of our people.

"In my new role I hope to advance a number of projects already in the pipeline that will promote job creation and enhance the well-being of our young people. I will work as part of a strong SDLP team with Colum Eastwood, Mark H Durkan and Daniel McCrossan in the Assembly, our MP Mark Durkan and all of our local councillors to deliver a better future for all of our people."


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