Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said the DUP must face the fact that the British government's welfare cuts agenda is failing.
Speaking after Liberal Democrat MP and Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander criticised the bedroom tax and called for 'fairer rules,' the South Belfast MLA said;
"Voices of opposition to these devastating welfare cuts are growing day by day.
"Now we have senior Liberal Democrat MP and Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander coming out against the bedroom tax and calling or a change of approach.
"The British government is failing to meet its own targets and and the welfare cuts are proving to be a complete disaster. The debacle over universal credit is proof of that.
"These and other cuts devised by millionaires in the Tory cabinet are accelerating people into poverty.
"Many others across society, including churches, charities, trade unionism and now even allies of the Tories are joining the opposition to these drastic cuts.
"Despite that the DUP appear determined to implement these cuts as quickly as possible at the behest of their Tory masters, with no regard for the impact they will have on working class communities across the North.
"Sinn Féin will continue to defend the working poor, the disabled and the disadvantaged."