COVID-19 Advice and Updates

We know that this is a challenging time for all. My office is continuing to offer advice and support to constituents at this time. We are here to support you and you can get in touch with any queries by calling: 028 9099 6066 or by emailing me at: [email protected]

I will also continue to post regular updates via my social media accounts:

Lockdown Advice

As of 12th May the Executive has published a five step plan for slowly moving out of the lockdown. You can view the guidance, including what stage of the plan we are at in Northern Ireland, here.


COVID-19 helpline

Open 9am-5pm 7 days per week to assist those in vulnerable groups to access information, advice & guidance in relation to COVID-19.

Call: 0808 802 0020
Text ACTION to 81025
Email: [email protected]

  • Access other helpline numbers here


Local Community Help



Support for Businesses & Employees


Benefits and Social Security Updates

Vast majority of Universal Credit payments due to happen on time, despite influx in applications

  • If you are already receiving benefits click here 
  • New claimants click here



  • General information and updates here
  • If you are homeless or being told you must leave your home click here
  • Advice for NIHE & housing association tenants here
  • Advice for homeowners here
  • Advice for private renters here



Education & Students

  • For the latest information from the Department of Education, including on reopening of schools, click here
  • For info on the DE free Wifi scheme click here
  • For alternative examination arrangements click here
  • Free School Meals are being extended into the summer, for more info click here
  • Full time students facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19 may be entitled to apply for the Discretionary Support Fund