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Stop Tory Cuts

We will reject this attack on the poor, the disabled and the most vulnerable in our society and we will stand with communities being targeted by the Tories.

THE consequences of the Tory agenda are a real loss of income for real people.

Welfare reform is an anti-poor and anti-working-class policy. It is an attack on the welfare state.

These welfare cuts are described by the British Government and their cheer-leaders in the DUP as welfare reform but it is really about saving money at the expense of the poor.

It is a Thatcherite agenda designed to punish the most disadvantaged in society.

Sinn Féin is totally opposed to this.

In an attempt to coerce us, the British Government threatens to reduce funding to other public services. It is my view that the Executive and Government departments are better able to absorb these cuts. This will mean difficult decisions for ministers but in a budget of over £10billion per year, all ministers should be able to make internal savings of less than 2% to protect the poorest in our society.

We do have a choice in this.

We in Sinn Féin have made our choice.

We will reject this attack on the poor, the disabled and the most vulnerable in our society and we will stand with communities being targeted by the Tories.

Martin McGuinness MLA

WELFARE REFORM IS ABOUT SANCTIONS AND CUTS, INCLUDING:

  • Cuts to the amount paid per household
  • Reduced Child Benefit
  • 50% of the disabled will be denied money they are entitled to
  • Sanctions for lone parents even when there is no affordable childcare
  • The Bedroom Tax
  • A discredited assessment process that has taken benefits from the terminally ill
  • The creation of a society dependent on food banks

This system is NOT working in Britain – tens of thousands of working families, the disabled and single parents are being forced into poverty, hardship and dependence.

The Assembly and the Executive MUST defend the vulnerable, the disabled and the disadvantaged .

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