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Report highlights further concerns on welfare reform - Brady

26 April, 2012

SF MLA Mickey Brady and Social Development committee vice chair welcomed reports launched by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney and said the reports further highlighted concerns about the British government’s imposition of Welfare Reform.

Speaking today Mr Brady said:

“The report on the impact of Welfare Reform on children in the north of Ireland not only exposes the regressive nature of the British Tory Party’s social policy but also the specific adverse impact of that policy on children and their families here.

“Clearly the operation of parity is a key issue, particularly in the area of social welfare, where the current British government has sought to impose a rigidity in the application of the parity principle that has not been the case in the past and need not necessarily be the case now.

“In the Prayer of Annulment debate brought before the Assembly by the Social Development Committee last year regarding changes in eligibility in terms of young singles’ access to housing benefit, Sinn Fein challenged the current operation of parity and argued for greater flexibility.

“There is huge concern about the imposition of Welfare Reform within civic society , a matter that a senior level Sinn Fein delegation will bediscussing with the leaders of the four main churches in a meeting in Armagh tomorrow.”

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