Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on social protection, Aengus ÓSnodaigh TD, today congratulated his colleagues in the North for their stance on the Welfare Bill being placed before the Assembly next week.
Echoing the words of Sinn Féin assembly member and the Department of Social Development committee chairman, Alex Maskey, the Dublin Central TD said:
“The Welfare Reform bill is an attempt to impose Tory welfare cuts on people here as part of the austerity policies of the Tory-led coalition.
“Our position North and South, is to stand up for low-income families and those depending on social welfare who are being targeted by many of the measures contained in this bill.
“Sinn Féin will be bringing forward a proposal to the Assembly on Tuesday to defer the Welfare Reform Bill until significant amendments are made to it.
“The fact that these measures are being brought forward by the Tory government and being imposed here is a direct consequence of the Assembly not having the necessary fiscal powers.
“Sinn Féin is calling on the government here to support the transfer of fiscal powers to the North giving the institutions the ability to impose taxes and to set social welfare payments.”
“Sinn Féin will press for fundamental changes to this Bill to ensure the maximum protections for those on benefits and in low-paid employment.”