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Get a taste of the good life with information service

Bangor man Tim McPeake got more than a flavour of what government services are available online at a nidirect ‘taster’ session in Bangor Carnegie Library last week.

NIdirect has teamed up with Libraries NI to make government information accessible to people through the library network.

Bangor was the first port of call, but people across Northern Ireland are set to discover the benefits of using the free internet facilities in libraries to access government services, and information website nidirect.

Tim said: “Nowadays I think you really lose out if you can’t use the internet to find information. The taster session in Bangor Carnegie Library has been a great opportunity to discover how I can use nidirect to book an MOT, apply for a passport, trace my family tree and much more.”

People can consult the site anonymously to access information and services such as the Benefits Adviser Service where they can get an immediate estimate of what benefits they might be entitled to.

From reporting a faulty street light to applying for a disabled parking blue badge, getting help with paying your rates, ordering a copy of your birth certificate or finding out about healthy eating — it’s all available on nidirect.

Bangor Carnegie Library is open until 9.00pm Monday to Wednesday and 10.00pm on Thursday.

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