Sinn Féin launch anti-poverty document - Mullan
Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has called for an effective anti-poverty and social inclusion policy that addresses the multiple causes, discrimination and social exclusion that lead to poverty.
Speaking at the launch of the party’s anti-poverty document, The Foyle MLA said:
“There are numerous causes of poverty and deprivation - including the cruel austerity agenda imposed on people by the Tory government, underinvestment and the legacy of the past.
“Eradicating poverty is possible but it does require fresh thinking and a government which delivers improvements to people’s lives and acts an effective bulwark against the impact of Tory cuts and austerity.
“It’s time for an effective anti-poverty and social inclusion policy that addresses the causes, discrimination and social exclusion that lead to poverty, as well as the necessary financial support to deliver it.
“This document sets out firm proposals including reforming the way government departments target resources at those in need, the introduction of social tariffs to tackle fuel poverty, employability programmes, community development and the introduction of a Living wage.
“There is nothing natural or inevitable about poverty. It can and should be eradicated from society and that is Sinn Féin’s vision as outlined in the ‘Prosperity and Opportunity’ document.”