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Attwood giving many citizens the 'cold shoulder'

6 December, 2010 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has accused Social Security Minister Alex Attwood of giving elderly and infirm people in many areas across the north the cold shoulder over failure to allocate special 'cold weather' payments to householders in many areas.

Speaking at the Assembly today Mr Brady said;

"Temperatures in parts of the six counties have reached as low as minus 12. The Armagh Observatory has said that we have come through the coldest November in 25 years. Sinn Féin activists have been talking to people on doorsteps in areas throughout the Six Counties.

Across these areas, householders are struggling to keep their homes and their families warm. That is even more difficult for those with less money.

In areas like west Belfast for example, where more people there are in fuel poverty than anywhere else in the north, no-one in that constituency will be entitled to this cold weather payment. That makes a mockery of the system.

I would call on Alex Attwood to review his decision and urgently overhaul the system before we get deeper into this winter."

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