Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said today that Finance Minister Simon Hamilton should stand up to the British government and oppose welfare cuts.
The South Belfast MLA said that the minister was scaremongering on the potential losses to the local economy if Tory cuts are not implemented here.
Alex Maskey said:
“The DUP is accepting everything the British government throw at them. They refuse to challenge them on the real impact cuts will have on the people of the North.
“The British government has already accepted that the situation is different here than it is in Britain and the DUP has admitted that there are aspects of the cuts that they do not like.
“Why then are they accepting what is presented to them without question. This is too serious an issue for people to be just bandying about figures in an effort to scare the public into accepting cuts without a fight.
“Sinn Féin is opposing cuts throughout Ireland because it is the right thing to do. The DUP need to be mature about this, face up to the consequences of the cuts on the people we represent and challenge the British government on their cuts agenda.
“These cuts in income for the poorest and most vulnerable in society North and South have come on the back of an economic collapse created by the greed of bankers, financiers and fat cats.
“This is a time when all parties should stand together and tell the British government that we will not accept taking money from those least able to afford it and driving even more people into poverty.”