15/12/2017

Other News In Brief

Man Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

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

Damien Hutcheson claimed Jobseeker's Allowance totalling £4,918 while failing to declare employment. He was given 120 hours community service.

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

Work On Road Resurfacing Schemes In Belfast To Begin

Work on a number of road resurfacing schemes in Belfast is to take place over the next six months.

The road projects will be taking place on Columbia Road, Leopold Street and Rosebank Street.
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Eastern Divisional Roads Manager Kevin Monaghan said: "The Department has delivered a significant programme of resurfacing and surface dressing. Structural maintenance activities including pothole repairs/patching along with street lighting repair and grass cutting will continue to be carried out to meet all essential public safety requirements."

Students In Financial Difficulties Urged To Seek Help

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has reminded students in financial difficulties that they may be able to access the Support Fund through their university or college.

She said: "Students who may be facing financial difficulties should contact their Student Unions to get advice and support regarding assistance that may be available.

"The Support Fund is available through the universities and colleges for certain groups students, and those in difficult circumstance should look at the options available.

"Loans would have been received at the beginning of term and another payment is not due until January; it is important that students facing financial hardship are aware that assistance may be available."

(CD/LM)

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