Sinn Féin's Welfare Rights Spokesperson Mickey Brady has described proposed Welfare Changes as trying to put 'a square peg in a round hole' when dealing with the North of Ireland.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
"There is absolutely no doubt that Welfare Reform as implemented in Britain would have a hugely negative impact on the North's unique circumstances and that view is overwhelmingly endorsed by the latest report from the SSAC (Social Security Advisory Committee)
“Sinn Féin have been to the fore in challenging the Tory Welfare reform agenda which will impact worst on our most vulnerable citizens and is an attempt to fit a square peg into a round hole here.
“Clearly the SSAC report outlines in detail the specific differences in the North including, higher levels of disability, higher levels of mental illness, lack of child care infrastructure.
“The general concerns highlighted in the report include, increase in poverty particularly for children, pockets of existing deprivation in the North being adversely affected, lack of definition of the 'most vulnerable' who were supposed to be protected and no evidence that this agenda will reduce unemployment.
“The historic legacy of the conflict and the circumstances in the North need to be designed into welfare changes in the short time ahead and Sinn Féin will continue to work hard to ensure equality is central and our most vulnerable are protected.”