Brady attends Derrybeg Welfare Briefing

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Newry Assembly Member Mickey Brady has commended Derrybeg Community Association on their hosting of a briefing session on changes to welfare benefits.

Speaking to Newry Times following his participation at the event which took place on Friday 12th April Brady said, “I was happy to see a good attendance at this meeting as the changes being introduced by the British Tory party will have a huge impact on any local residents who receive benefits.

“Derrybeg Community Association is to be commended for hosting this briefing and I hope that those who attended got some answers to their questions.”

Chief among questions raised related to the introduction of a ‘Bedroom Tax’ which will affect all those in receipt of Housing Benefit who have a spare bedroom in their property.

“The Bedroom Tax’, Mr Brady said, “is an unfair and unsuitable piece of legislation which cannot be implemented in the North.The Housing Executive simply does not have the required housing stock which would be needed to implement this legislation. 

“Moreover it is unfair to expect, for example, an elderly couple who have lived in Derrybeg all their married lives to move to a two bedroom house in Barcroft once their children leave home.Housing is about more than houses – it builds strong and vibrant communities, something the Tory party care little for.”

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