‘Positive discussions on anti-poverty strategy’ - Maskey
Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed positive discussions with advocacy organisations regarding the party’s draft anti-poverty strategy.
The party’s Welfare Spokesperson was commenting after meeting with the Human Rights Commissioner and Marie Cure NI this week.
He commented: “When Sinn Féin launched our anti-poverty paper in April, we set out to consult with a range of stakeholders and those working at the front line of tackling poverty and social exclusion within our society.
“This week’s meetings with the Human Rights Commission and Marie Curie were part of that process and I very much welcome the positive discussions with both organisations.
“We focused on a number of areas including the necessity for anti-poverty measures to be located within a human-rights framework, the need to end the cruel six-month terminal illness criteria within PIP assessments, enhancing financial support to Carers and extending the Affordable Warmth scheme.
“Sinn Féin will continue to meet key stakeholders over the next two months as we develop our formal proposals to be included in the Anti-Poverty Strategy.
“This is hugely important work because eradicating poverty will require fresh thinking and a government which delivers improvements to people’s lives and act as an effective bulwark against the impact of Tory cuts and austerity.
“There is nothing natural or inevitable about poverty. It can and should be eradicated from society and that is the vision which Sinn Féin will map out in our ‘Prosperity and Opportunity’ document.”