Sinn Fein can't have it both ways
No-one would pretend that the welfare reforms are perfect. There are concerns about the amount of money that will be taken out of the system in Northern Ireland due to our higher uptake of disability living allowance and the higher proportion of households with children. Stories of hardship caused by the reforms in Britain are disheartening, even alarming in some cases. Yet it is undeniable that the benefits bill must be reduced and that there is evidence that a significant number of claimants are cheating the system.