Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said the DUP were playing scare politics regarding the Welfare Reform bill.
His comments follow claims by the DUP Finance Minister Simon Hamilton regarding losses to the Executive budget and claims of job losses.
The South Belfast MLA and chair of the Assembly’s Department of Social Development committee said:
“Clearly this is scaremongering by the DUP and the cost to the Executive and job losses quoted is disgraceful. The DUP along with other political parties agree that this bill is not acceptable in its current form.
“This London cuts-agenda will impact on people, not only those unemployed but also people on low-income and citizens with disabilities.
“A wide range of public opinion, from the Unions, voluntary sector, churches and many more have voiced their concerns around the consequences if this bill was implemented in its current form. Those concerns remain and are still relevant.
“This bill, unchanged from London, will put more children in poverty. It is not acceptable and it is the responsibility of the parties to knuckle down and make sure we get the best deal possible for the most vulnerable in society.”