“Tory Welfare Bill would cut £460 million from our economy” – Brady
Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady told a public meeting on Friday night that Sinn Féin would oppose the Tory Welfare Reform Bill through a series of amendments in the Assembly.
The bill in its current form would see the withdrawal of £460 million from the local economy which would have a serious affect on town centres and small businesses.
“This meeting, one of a series of meetings on Welfare Reform I have been holding across the North, was essential to inform people of the effect that this bill will have on them and their families.
“I want to make the people aware across all constituencies the problems they could face with the Tory Cuts if they were implemented, such as setting a cap on benefits per household and the frequency of payment changed from weekly to monthly.
He continued, “Houses that have vacant rooms could see the owners penalized for not having occupants for all their rooms and we are very much aware that all houses in the North do not have single room accommodation.
“These Tory Cuts are incompatible with our economic and social circumstances and emphasize again the case that we have been making for more fiscal powers in the assembly so that we can take our own decisions on the matters which impact on the people we represent.
Brady added, “I intend to hold a similar meeting soon in Newry so that people can learn more about the impacts of this Welfare Reform Bill and the amendments that we will be proposing to challenge it.”
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