Parties and civic society must work together to oppose austerity
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said political parties and wider civic society must use the space created by the passage of the budget bill to work together to oppose Tory austerity.
Speaking during an Assembly debate on the budget bill, Mr Murphy said:
"The passage of the budget bill creates space to allow us to find a resolution to the challenges facing the Executive as a result of the austerity agenda of the Tory government in London.
"We have stood as a bulwark against the worst impact of the Tory plans. Their welfare polices have not had the same devastating impact here as in Britain.
"Civic society recognises the need to oppose austerity and want us to continue that fight. We all need to join together and work collectively to continue to oppose the Tory cuts agenda.
"Austerity policies damage economic recovery and business, and punishes the working poor, public sector workers, people with disabilities and the vulnerable.
"We must now work together and use the space created by the passage of the budget to oppose Tory austerity and secure workable and sustainable finances for the Executive." ENDS/CRÍOCH