Upper Bann Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Welfare Mitigations Proven Right

Published: 30 January, 2019

A new report by the Audit office underlines the importance of the welfare mitigations secured by Sinn Féin in protecting the most vulnerable from Tory cuts, Cllr Liam Mackle has said.

The ABC Councillor was commenting after the Auditor Office concluded that claimants here have been 'insulated from the full impact of welfare reforms' by the £585 million package secured as part of the 2015 Fresh Start Agreement.

"The auditor's report is a clear vindication of the crucial protections that are available here and nowhere else.

"He paints a stark picture of what the alternative would have been, warning that without these protections we would be facing the same kind of increased hardship and foodbank use that is happening in Britain.

"No-one should be in any doubt about that, because the British Government was adamant that unmitigated welfare cuts would be imposed over the heads of the local Executive and Assembly. There would have been no top-up payments to those losing out, no flexibilities and full-blown sanctions.

"Instead, as evidenced by the report, the mitigations have reduced the impact of welfare cuts in a number of key areas. However the tory onslaught on the most vulnerable in our society continues and the Universal credit must be stopped."