Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has called on the Executive to apply a more targeted approach to help those who are most effected most by poverty.
Speaking following the launch of a report by Pricewater Cooper, which said households who were in the lowest 10 per cent in terms of earnings, were worst effected by soaring energy and food prices.
The West Belfast MLA said:
“There is a clear onus on all of us to ensure that those who are most vulnerable in society have enough food to eat and fuel to cook and keep warm.
“We are seeing an increase on individuals and families having to rely on food banks and cutting back on fuel because they can't afford the basic necessities that many of us take for granted.
“Today’s report is confirming once again that it is those who are earning the least that are disproportionately affected by rises in fuel and food prices.
“It is clear that a targeted approach to early interventions that tackle poverty and disadvantage are needed if we are to combat the growing problem of individuals and families not being able to afford basic necessities to live.
“Programmes that are focused and are targeted at those in need are essential to make any difference to the most vulnerable.”