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‘Department living in denial over Universal Credit impact’ - Maskey

11 December, 2018 - by Alex Maskey

> The offensive decision to order cakes celebrating the roll-out of Universal Credit shows the Department for Communities is living in denial over its impact of benefit cuts on vulnerable people, Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said.

> The party’s Welfare spokesperson was commenting after officially complaining to the department after it spent over £1000 on 40 cakes to celebrate the introduction of Universal Credit.

> He said: “I consider this action as evidence the department has little understanding how offensive this ‘celebration’ will be to those who have suffered hardship with the introduction of Universal Credit.

> “Real people are suffering real consequences as a result of Universal Credit and other benefit changes.

> “That is not something to be celebrated, it is something to be challenged and amended. That is the message which I have been consistently taking to the department but decisions such as this show they are living in denial as to the impact of welfare cuts on vulnerable people.”  

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