Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has challenged supporters and advocates of welfare reform to spend a week living on the low income they expect others to survive on.
Daithí McKay said:
'UUP, DUP and Alliance ministers are quick to demand we implement Tory cuts to the benefits of those on low incomes, people with disabilities and the unemployed.
“Would they be so enthusiastic if they were facing reductions to their own incomes or had to live on the pittance allocated to the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.
“Welfare cuts have forced tens of thousands of people in England into increased poverty, homelessness, desperation and in some cases suicide.
“Could any of the politicians advocating welfare cuts survive on the income they want to give to the disabled and the unemployed?
“I am challenging, Simon Hamilton, David Ford, Stephen Farry and Danny Kennedy to spend just one week on the incomes they expect others to live on.
“I doubt very much they could do so but perhaps this experience would open their eyes to the real impact of welfare cuts.” ENDS/CRÍOCH