Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay said Justice Minister David Ford is incorrect in linking allocations from the June Monitoring round to efforts to impose Tory welfare cuts.
The Sinn Féin economy spokesperson said;
“Sinn Féin is opposed to Thatcherite welfare cuts which would drive more people into poverty in the North.
"However, David Ford is wrong in his claim that reductions to his budget in the June Monitoring Round are linked to these Tory proposals for drastic welfare cuts. The welfare cuts issue was not an issue in the June monitoring round.
"It did however, take place against a backdrop of financial difficulties caused by the British government cutting budgets here by billions over recent years and an overspend by some departments.
"So there are two issues here. The first is the failure of the British government to provide the necessary funding and the second is the inability of some ministers to properly manage their departmental finances.
“David Ford needs to assess his priorities and ensure the provision of frontline essential services.”