Government economic strategy ‘unjust and obscene’ — McDonald
Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald has said that over a million citizens facing cuts to social welfare and child benefit payments from today were being targeted by the Government to bail out banks and bank bondholders and that Government economic strategy was “unjust and obscene”.
Sinn Féin, she said, had proposed a better way based on stimulating the economy, creating jobs, tax reform and building an economy which serves citizens instead of punishing them.
Mary Lou McDonald said:
“Over a million of our citizens will, from today, experience social welfare and child benefit cuts as the Government implements measures outlined in Brian Lenihan’s recent savage Budget.
“People on jobseekers, carers, disability, illness, lone parent and maternity or adoptive benefits will see cuts to their weekly payments.
“A further 600,000 families, who are in receipt of child benefit on behalf of 1.15 million children, will also begin to see payments cut.
“Budget 2011 was a direct attack by this Government against the growing number of families who are dependent on social welfare.
“A survey conducted by Sinn Féin of social welfare recipients last month showed families on social welfare going without essentials in the run up to Christmas and unable to afford the cuts contained in the budget.
“Many welfare recipients were forced into the arms of money to see themselves through Christmas.
“The economic strategy of this government is all about punishing the least well off and depressing the economy in order to bail out banks and bond-holders. It is both unjust and obscene.
“Sinn Féin has said there is a better way based on stimulating the economy, creating jobs, tax reform and building an economy which serves citizens instead of punishing them.”