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Executive parties need to stand up for public services and vulnerable - McGuinness

20 May, 2015 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said it is imperative that the Executive parties stand up for public services and the most vulnerable in society.

Speaking following a meeting with British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers at Stormont today, Mr McGuinness said; 

"We are in a building crisis created by the Tory government's ideologically-driven assault on public services and the most vulnerable in society. 

"They have already taken £1.5 billion from the Executive's block grant and have announced plans for further eye-watering cuts of £25 billion. 

"I asked Theresa Villiers for a detailed breakdown of the impact of the British government’s proposed cuts on our public services and that was not forthcoming. 

"Sinn Féin has made it clear that protections must be put in place for the most vulnerable in our society including children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and large families. 

"We are in resolution mode and if proposals are brought forward which include protections for the most vulnerable, as agreed by the parties at Stormont House, then we will support it. 

"But we will not support a welfare bill which does not contain protections for the vulnerable and will not be part of any agenda which punishes the poor."

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