Day Highlights Impact Of Poverty In Mid Ulster

Day Highlights Impact Of Poverty In Mid Ulster
UKIP Mid-Ulster spokesman Alan Day has highlighted the worrying trend of low wages across Northern Ireland and in Cookstown in particular, when compared with the rest of the UK.

According to The Poverty Site website:

Strabane and Cookstown have by far the highest proportion of workers (35%) earning less than £7 per hour.  For most districts, the proportion is less than 30%;
15% of full-time employees in Northern Ireland are paid less than £7 / hour.  This proportion is higher than in any of the regions of Great Britain, with the next highest proportion being 12%.

Mr Day says, “It’s no wonder that families are struggling to put petrol in their cars to get to work and buy heating oil to keep their homes warm, when wages are low but the price of goods is increasing by large margins. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that household incomes, poverty rates and the labour market have all deteriorated further in Northern Ireland over the last five years, than in the rest of the UK.”

Mr Day continues, “UKIP proposes to remove anyone earning the minimum wage from the tax system to try and alleviate poverty and tackle social disadvantage. The party’s commitment to end taxpayer funded renewable energy scams and prioritise energy efficiency projects will also benefit thousands of fuel poor families throughout Mid Ulster.

“This must be complemented by the creation of quality jobs throughout the district, together with immigration controls, to ensure labour supply is better balanced with demand.”

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Day Reiterates UKIP’s Opposition To Same Sex Marriage

Press Release by Mid Ulster UKIP

Day Reiterates UKIP’s Opposition To Same Sex Marriage

In light of the upcoming vote on gay marriage in the Assembly on Tuesday 29th April UKIP’s Mid Ulster Spokesman and local council candidate Alan Day has reaffirmed his opposition to the Sinn Fein backed proposal.

Alan says, “No government has the right to redefine marriage. Personally, I believe that marriage is constituted for the lifelong union of man and woman, for the procreation of children. I believe traditional marriage remains the most stable way for children to be raised, and should be supported and protected by government.”

UKIP’s Regional Leader David McNarry MLA has confirmed that he will be voting against the proposal in the Assembly, stating, “Despite what some might pretend, this is not a matter of equality. Civil partnerships already provide homosexual and lesbian couples with the same rights as married heterosexual couples in Northern Ireland.

“Proposals to introduce homosexual and lesbian ‘marriage’, represent unacceptable intrusion by the state into matters of personal conscience. In a truly free society, such interference must be strongly resisted. That’s why I will once again be voting against the introduction of legislation to facilitate homosexual and lesbian ‘marriage’.”


Further reading:

Statement by UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the issue of the party’s approach to same-sex marriage:

UKIP Deputy Leader Paull Nuttal on Gay Marriage whilst in Belfast in March:

Church & Society Commission Statement on Marriage – Church of Ireland

BBC News – Catholic bishops urge NI Assembly to reject same-sex marriage

UKIP rural broadband campaign

UKIP rural broadband campaign

Mid-Ulster UKIP spokesman Alan Day has urged rural farmers & businesses to look into the possible use of Broadband Enabling Technology from BT which may allow speeds of up to 2mbps in areas where no broadband was previously available.

Farmers and rural businesses should check their eligibility to access the service by completing the form on

UKIP will also be raising the problem of the high number of Exchange Only (EO) lines in rural areas and villages. This prevents access to high speed broadband products like BT Infinity which require Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) technology.