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Further cracks appear in Tory driven welfare cuts agenda - McKay

5 September, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA and Finance spokesperson Daithí McKay has questioned why welfare cuts are being foisted upon people in the North of Ireland when consensus cannot even be found in Westminster.

Speaking following a vote endorsing legislation overturning parts of the bedroom tax where Labour and Liberal Democrats MPs joined forces to support the bill Mr McKay said:

“Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have joined forces in Westminster to ensure that a piece of legislation aimed at overturning  housing benefit changes in Britain. This highlights that further cracks are appearing in the Tory led coalition's approach to welfare.

“The Liberal Democrats, who are partners in the British government are evidently worried about how the Tory driven cuts agenda is rolling out. This vote follows on only weeks after the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, suggested that a Plan B may have to be examined in terms of welfare provision.

“Clearly there is no consensus at Westminster on bedroom tax and other aspects of the welfare cuts programme. The question must be asked why it's proposed to force these provisions upon the people of the North under threat of financial penalty?

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in terms of our opposition to such cuts in terms of protecting the most vulnerable. I welcome the fact others are now waking up to the reality of what these cuts will mean and their negative impact on people's lives."

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