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United voice needed to oppose impact of Welfare Reform - Brady

27 February, 2012 - by Mickey Brady


Responding to the British Secretary of State, Owen Patersons comments at the week end in relation to Welfare reform, Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on welfare Mickey Brady, said:

“To date the British Government, in bringing forward the Welfare reform bill have shown very little flexibility whether it be to lobby groups, political parties or right up their own House of Lords.

“However following Owen Patersons interview this weekend in which he stated that there is “considerable room for flexibility” on Welfare Reform.

“There are clearly issues here that would be extremely negatively impacted in terms of benefit delivery if a carbon copy of an ideologically led welfare reform bill would be imposed on the north.

“What we need to see developing is a united voice coming from the Assembly in order to work against the Tory cuts agenda. The fact that Owen Patterson has acceded the fact that there needs to be negotiation over this bill involving local politicians provides the chance now to shape this bill to protect the most vulnerable and mitigate against the most negative aspects of it.”

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