Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Stormont has turned a blind eye to poverty

The recent End Child Poverty report deserves an honest debate over what Assembly politicians are doing. To do otherwise is to turn a blind eye to poverty.

Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey, was quick to try to convince us he was doing all he could to address the matter.

But what Mr Maskey and his colleagues in Stormont should be challenged on is why they are implementing huge cuts to benefits.

The passing of the Welfare Reform Bill through the Assembly was a necessary legislative step only it could have authorised.

Sinn Fein claims it opposed the Welfare Reform Bill, but if it did, why did it refuse to use its veto?

By allowing this legislation to pass, the DUP and Sinn Fein are making poverty levels worse.

PAT LAWLOR

Socialist Party

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