Tory cuts the biggest challenge to Stormont Agreement – Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today the biggest challenge to the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement comes from the British government’s plans for further massive cuts to public services and welfare.
The North Belfast MLA was speaking after he and Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy met with representatives of the British and Irish governments and the other Executive parties this morning.
Gerry Kelly said:
“Today’s meeting reviewed the progress to date of the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.
“Progress has been made across a range of issues including work to bring forward mechanisms to deal with the legacy of the past.
“Sinn Féin is also continuing to work constructively on schemes to implement welfare protections for children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and large families.
“The biggest challenge to the Stormont House Agreement however, comes from the British government’s plans to make further massive cuts to public services and to reduce welfare spending by £12bn.
“We have made it clear that the Tory assault on the block grant and the welfare state contributed to the current difficulties in the political process.
“We made it clear to Theresa Villiers that the further massive cuts announced recently by the British Chancellor George Osborne are unacceptable and would undermine the ability of local parties to implement the agreement.”