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Mark Durkan's comments nothing more than political posturing - Anderson

21 July, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said that Mark Durkan's call for the Assembly to be recalled is nothing more than political posturing.

Ms Anderson said,

"Mark Durkan knows better than most that the Assembly has not got the fiscal controls to alleviate the present financial crisis facing people. It neither has the ability to reduce income tax, product tax or to increase benefits.

"Mark Durkan was Deputy First Minister when he capitulated to the British Exchequer by accepting a long term loan rather than push for a substantial peace dividend argued by Sinn Féin.

"However the SDLP Minister of Social Development Margaret Ritchie has the power to wipe off the debt accrued under Working Tax Credits due to overpayments by the Department. Sinn Féin has called repeatedly for the Minister to act and help alleviate the hardship on the most disadvantaged yet these pleas have been ignored.

"Rather than attract attention through political sound bites Mark Durkan would be better off showing leadership by directing Margaret Ritchie to act immediately and wipe off the debt accrued through Working Tax Credits.

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