New Online Survey to Collate Impact of Benefit Cuts
Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has welcomed a new online survey being carried out by Advice NI, to collate the impact of welfare cuts on vulnerable, low income households in the North.
Mr Brady said:
"I welcome this new initiative by Advice NI; The new online survey is aimed at people in the North reliant upon the social security system and includes people needing help with their rent or mortgage, childcare costs, and those who need help because they are sick or disabled.
"It also covers the day to day financial cost of living for people here.
"Advice NI has said the information they collect will be kept in the strictest confidence and used for research purposes only.
"A report will be produced with the aim of raising awareness of the impact of the welfare cuts on people in the North.
"As elected representatives, we must continue to challenge the ongoing witch hunt against benefit recipients.
"The Tory government right down to sensationalist media programs are painting all those on benefits as spongers, dossers and fraudsters.
"If they were to take an honest and realistic approach to this issue, then the facts could clearly be exposed and the myth of benefit fraud would be ended.
"We already have one of the poorest welfare systems in Europe, a mechanism that is a safety net for those in society who really need it.
"The survey can be completed by logging onto the home page of Advice NI http://www.adviceni.net/ and following the instructions."