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Growing number raises concerns over Welfare rollout

28 October, 2014 - by Mickey Brady


Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has stated that over the past week we have seen a growing body of former and current senior government officials raise concerns over the rollout of feasibility of the Tory driven welfare reform agenda. 

Speaking today Mr Brady said: 

"Over the past two days both Jonathan Portes, the director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and a former government economist and Professor Malcolm Harrington have voiced concern over the rollout of the Tory driven “Welfare reform” programme. 

“Johnathan Portes stated that the difficulties in implementing the new system would not be completed by the set date of 2018 while Malcolm Harington in terms of the work capability assessments said; “I realised early on that there was something wrong with the system”.

Further to this Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP and chair of the Public Accounts Committee at Westminster speaking on Universal Credit stated that it was “outrageously weak.”

“This however is the system that the Tory Coalition wishes to impose on us within the North. 

“Sinn Féin have consistently highlighted that this is a benefit system being driven not for change and improvements but on a basis of the ideology of cuts and allowing the most vulnerable to soak up the sins of the bankers.” 

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