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Brady discusses Welfare Reform Bill with Union

18 August, 2011 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Welfare Rights, Mickey Brady MLA, today met with officials from the NI Public Service Alliance (NIPSA) to discuss the implications of the Welfare Reform Bill and its likely impact on people in the North.

Mr Brady said,

“This meeting, which was held in Stormont Buildings, presented the perfect opportunity to bring up the serious concerns which Sinn Féin has regarding the whole area of Welfare Reform, as proposed by the Tories, with the NIPSA Union which represents over 45,000 people.

“It is clear that the full ramifications of this legislation have not been adequately explored. These changes will have the greatest impact on the most vulnerable in our society who need increased, not diminished, support.

“I am calling on the Tories to explain the full extent of their proposed changes to legislation. Will they be forcing people to accept employment which is not remotely relevant to their work experience or qualifications and cutting benefits if people do not accept this?

“This new legislation will have a huge effect on large numbers of unemployed people, the vast majority of whom find themselves in this situation through no fault of their own.

Mr Brady concluded by exposing the Tory belief that living on benefits is a lifestyle choice

“Tories appear to believe that people choose to live on benefits rather than go out to work. I would challenge this belief completely, there are very few people on benefits by choice and given the option most would be only too glad to work.”

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