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‘Cut the apron strings – not benefits’- Anderson

27 September, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

The Social Security Minister Alex Attwood should cut the apron strings with Britain rather than implementing Tory cuts, Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has insisted.

Ms. Anderson was speaking ahead of an Assembly debate tomorrow (Tuesday) regarding reforms to the welfare system here.

“There are many areas of the Welfare Reform Bill which Sinn Féin have consistently raised concerns about, particularly the use of sanctions, such as the removal of benefits for the most trivial reasons,” Ms. Anderson commented.

“The benefits system should not be about looking for ways to stop people claiming their entitlements. It should be about ensuring that those who need help can avail of it without being stigmatised or even criminalised.

“The benefits system here clearly needs reform. There are many, many problems which I am sure all representatives are dealing with in their constituencies of a daily basis.

“But a ‘read across’ bill from Britain isn’t the answer. What we need is our own Bill and our own system designed to meet the needs of the people we represent.

“But rather that relying on the goodwill of a Tory Minister in London, I am calling on the DSD Minister to work towards breaking parity with Britain and taking control of our own destiny.
“That way the only cut he should be implementing is the one that severs the apron strings with Britain.” ENDS

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