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Man Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

A Newtownabbey man has been convicted for claiming benefits he was not entitled to at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

John Kidd claimed Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £7,184 while failing to declare he was living with his partner. He was sentenced to 200 hours community service.

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

McAleer & Rushe Starts Work On New Council Building

Developers McAleer & Rushe have started work on a new eight-storey building for the Belfast City Council.

The development is being based on the former Clarendon House site in Adelaide Street.

Councillor Declan Boyle, Chairman of Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: "Belfast City Council is committed to working with partners and stakeholders across the city to deliver Grade A office space in the city centre to attract new investors and businesses. Our new headquarters are testament to that commitment."
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Stephen Surphlis Property Director of McAleer & Rushe said: "We are very pleased to have reached topping out on this significant project. An achievement made possible through the hard work and close co-operation of Belfast City Council along with McAleer & Rushe's Design and Build team."

SF Cllr To Become Belfast's First Ever Openly Gay Mayor

Sinn Féin councillor Mary Ellen Campbell is set to become Belfast's first ever openly gay deputy mayor.

She said: "My election as deputy mayor of Belfast in a few days’ time will be a significant step forward for equality.

"Visibility will be my theme for the year and visibility in elected office is vital to promote positive messages and demonstrate public commitment to equality.

"I am a woman. I am openly gay. I am a republican ex-political prisoner and I am from a working class community. I experience the challenges that many marginalised citizens face in Belfast.

"I intend in my year in office to highlight and put a focus on the rights and needs of the gay, bisexual and transgender community."


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