Claire Sugden has called on the government to increase support for the local economy.
The Independent Assembly Candidate said : “Growth begins with better governance. This can only happen through proper scrutiny of the Government, leading to better local services. It cannot happen without investment to upskill local people, improve access to healthcare, and deliver better social housing. Sustainable economic growth will be encouraged by dealing with our current social problems.”
“I welcome the deferment of parking charges, however this should have been done before an election and alone it will not stimulate the local economy. Right now small changes would be impactful. We need to change archaic licensing laws, enable start-ups through rates relief and grants and develop local strengths such as our tourism potential.”
“Local indigenous businesses are the touch paper for improving all aspects of public service and the standard of living. They make up over 90% of businesses and contribute much to our local economy. It is disappointing that the Government has focused on foreign investment and not increased much needed support for them. This is despite a commitment to doing so in the Fresh Start Agreement.”
“In East Londonderry there are many rural businesses contributing to local economies. The Executive seem to have forgotten about these enterprises. They need to start talking to them and other local businesses to find out what their needs are and provide the support that they need.”
“If elected I will continue to work with and on behalf of local businesses. The Government must increase support for them so that we can stimulate our economy in the long term.”