Newry Council calls for pause in Universal Credit rollout

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Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Community, Politics

SDLP Councillor Laura Devlin has welcomed a decision from Newry, Mourne and Down council to call for a pause in the rollout of Universal Credit.

The call comes following an SDLP motion to the council.



Speaking to Newry Times, Cllr Devlin said, “I’m delighted that the council has supported the SDLP motion calling for a pause in the rollout of Universal Credit.

“It’s clear that this radical overhaul of welfare does not have the best interests of those in need in mind. It’s a bean counting exercise by a British Government that has shown nothing but disdain for working people and the vulnerable.



She continued, “It’s welcome that other parties have now come to our position after we repeatedly tried to address these issues during the welfare reform debates in the Assembly.

“The council will now be writing to the leaders of the main parties to express our opposition to the changes. They must now put aside their differences and work together to deliver a system that is fair, practical and compassionate.

Councillor Devlin added, “We all have a job of work to do to deliver for those most in need. The best way to do that is with devolved institutions and local Ministers working in the interests of those we represent.”



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