Sinn Féin councillor Deirdre Hargey said attempts to demonise those on benefits are disgraceful.
Speaking after Belfast City Council backed a Sinn Féin motion opposing Tory welfare cuts, Councillor Hargey said;
"Some of the comments made by unionist representatives in the debate on welfare cuts at Belfast City Council highlights their disdain for the poor and those in need.
"They appear to hold the view that those on benefits simply take and give nothing in return.
“Working people on benefits are among those who stand to lose most in cuts to child benefit, tax credits and housing benefit.
"These attempts to demonise those in receipt of benefits are absolutely disgraceful.
"Such remarks are indicative of the attitude of unionists towards the most vulnerable in our society.
"In their rush to implement the devastating cuts being proposed by a cabinet of Tory millionaires, the first reaction of ministers from the DUP and UUP has been to punish the poor and low paid.
"Incredibly, some representatives claimed the motion should not have been debated at Belfast City Council at all.
"People in communities are very concerned about the impact these Tory cuts could have on their lives and Sinn Féin make no apologies for bringing it into the political arena on council."