Budget an attack on low paid workers and families - Murphy
Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has described today's budget from Tory Chancellor George Osborne as a further attack on low paid workers and families.
Mr Murphy said;
"Today's Tory budget is a direct attack on low paid workers, families, those struggling to survive, frontline public services and our political institutions.
"This budget will usher in billion of further cuts targeted against the most vulnerable in society. We have seen a £12 billion reduction in welfare payments with a further £20 billion cuts to public services flagged up.
These latest cuts announced today are coming on top of the Tories' slashing of £1.5 billion from the block grant and would take millions more out of the local economy.
"George Osborne and his millionaire cabinet colleagues appear intent on driving thousands of families here deeper into poverty and attack those on low and middle incomes.
"This is clearly a budget for the rich from a party which has no mandate here.
"The fact is that austerity isn't working. It doesn't work in Britain, it doesn't work in Ireland and it doesn't work in Europe.
"There is a fairer way. We need to grow the economy and stop introducing cuts targeted at those who have nothing left to give and which have a negative impact on the local economy.
"Instead of further austerity we need workable and sustainable finances for the Executive and powers to grow and develop our economy."