Benefit freeze a further attack on the welfare state - Maskey
Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said Tory plans to freeze benefit payments will create further hardship and misery.
Speaking after British Chancellor George Osborne proposed a two-year benefits freeze, the South Belfast MLA said:
"The proposal to freeze benefits paid to people of working age is yet another example of the Tory welfare cuts agenda.
"This has absolutely nothing to do with reform; it is simply an attack on the poor and the most vulnerable by a cabinet of millionaires.
"It seems that every day more punitive cuts designed to hollow out the welfare state are being announced by George Osborne and his colleagues.
"If implemented, this will only add to the misery of families and individuals who are already struggling to make ends meet.
"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the Tory-led cuts agenda and we encourage others to join us in standing up for all communities against these cuts."