Social Development

Ritchie: IDS Resignation Exposes Sinn Fein’s Weakness on Welfare   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has described former Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation as further vindication of the SDLP’s position on welfare reform and once again exposes the callousness of Sinn Fein’s decision to hand the Assembly’s welfare powers over […]

Margaret Ritchie MP has highlighted the significant benefits a Walking Strategy for Northern Ireland could bring to her South Down constituency. “Instilling a culture of walking in Northern Ireland would help improve the health and wellbeing of the population, strengthen our communities and grow the economy” stated Ritchie as she called upon the Northern Ireland […]

MP welcomes constructive meeting to deal with anti-social behaviour in Ballymote area   Margaret Ritchie MP and Cllr Colin McGrath met with PSNI, Housing Executive and Newry Mourne and Down District Council in a bid to have a peaceful resolution to continuing problems with anti social behaviour in Ballymote, Downpatrick.   Ms Ritchie said, “Unfortunately […]

Ritchie: Tories attempting to conceal child poverty   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has criticised a response she has received from the Minister for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, to a letter in which she outlined her concerns around changes to the Child Poverty Act 2010. Following on from the Early Day Motion […]

Speaking after receiving confirmation that the Housing Executive will in the next few weeks submit an application for planning permission to build 9 homes on a site adjacent to The Links, Strangford the MP for the area said; “The community in Strangford have been calling for an increase in social housing provision in the village […]

It is my understanding that the Department of Health under the new Business Services Organisation are in the process of planning for a fifth Shared Service Support Centre. To date two of these centres under BSO have been located in Belfast and it is vital that we make a strong case to have this new […]

  Speaking after the Minister for Social Development’s announcement that 150 new jobs in processing Child Maintenance cases had been secured and would be located in Belfast the MP for South Down said;   “During a recent meeting with the Chief Executive of the Social Security Office I along with other public representatives from the […]

Following on from the Environment Minister Alex Attwood’s commitment to contact the relevant Northern Ireland Departments requesting the formation of a cross-departmental working group on the regeneration of Ballyhornan, I am pleased to advise that progress has been made. Minister Attwood has confirmed that DETI, DRD and OFMDFM have responded positively to his request to […]

Margaret Ritchie MP along with her colleague Cllr Colin McGrath have been pursuing the provision of social housing on the Ballynoe Road site and have received confirmation from Trinity Housing Association that they have now entered into a building contract to build 8 new homes Speaking after receiving this news the MP for the area […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed a scheme from the Housing Executive to provide double glazing by 2015 for its properties at Kennedy Square, Downpatrick. Ms Ritchie stated, “I am pleased with the Housing Executive’s investment, which I hope will result in better quality, and maintained homes for residents in this area. They will be […]