Tag Archives: Albert Hewitt

Stormont must extend income guarantee to self-employed to protect private hire taxi drivers 

Taxi drivers face pauperisation from depot-rent and car-rent charges at time of sharp downturn in fares   Unite Regional Community Coordinator, Albert Hewitt, called on the Ministers in the Stormont Executive to intervene to extend the Coronavirus income guarantee to … Continue reading

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Private hire taxi drivers seek three-month holiday on depot-rents from taxi company bosses as Coronavirus impacts income

Taxi drivers across Northern Ireland are organising in Unite the union to defend their livelihoods Unite Regional Community Coordinator, Albert Hewitt, called on the owners of taxi companies operating across Northern Ireland to suspend charges and help their drivers stay … Continue reading

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Trussell Trust figures show a staggering 214 percent increase in demand for emergency food supplies over five years in Northern Ireland

Unite community will raise demand for scrapping of Universal Credit as a core issue of concern in upcoming election Food bank stats expose total inadequacy of ‘fig-leaf’ mitigations package negotiated by Northern Ireland Executive parties Albert Hewitt, Unite Community Coordinator … Continue reading

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In context of political failure, local councils must act to safeguard poor and homeless during cold snap 

In absence of political action, numbers dying in winter in Northern Ireland unnecessarily has risen 130 percent in three years to 1,500 Poverty leaves many reliant on old, dangerous or un-serviced heating devices for heating or going to bed early … Continue reading

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NI Audit Office report confirms that Universal Credit mitigation package has failed most vulnerable

Uptake of mitigations funds falls £136 million below Executive target leaving claimants to face full brunt of Tory welfare reform package Only 82 percent of Universal Credit claimants paid on time with more than half drawing down advance payment to … Continue reading

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