Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has said the party’s opposition to welfare cuts is about protecting the most vulnerable in society.
The Newry and Armagh MLA described a claim by British prime minister David Cameron in Westminister today that welfare reform was about getting people back to work as ‘ridiculous’.
Conor Murphy said:
"Sinn Féin remains opposed to welfare cuts, which will hit the least well off in our society the hardest.
"The DUP's David Simpson in a question to David Cameron today described Sinn Féin's stance on opposing welfare cuts as foolish. I think he needs to ask himself what is foolish about standing up for the most vulnerable in society.
"These cuts will have a drastic impact on working-class communities from Ballymurphy to Ballybeen and we make no apologies whatsoever for opposing these Tory-led cuts.
“David Cameron would do well to look at how his own government is mishandling this entire debacle.
"His government introduced a cap on welfare spending but it appears that is now going to be breached.
"What is truly ridiculous is David Cameron's claim that so-called welfare reform is about getting people back to work.
“The truth is that the welfare system in Britain is in free fall. People are being forced into using food banks to survive, the IT system costing billions continues to fail, less people are getting back to work under the new system and administration costs are rising.
"Why the DUP are falling over themselves to demand a system which is failing and attacking the living standards of the poor beggars belief.
“They need to explain to low income families who vote for them why they want to slash their living standards while cosying up to Cameron’s millionaire cabinet.”