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Video: DUP ready for Northern Ireland welfare debate despite absence of Peter Robinson

A crucial debate on welfare reform at Stormont is underway.

The crunch debate is going ahead despite the illness of DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson.

Last week Mr Robinson warned the assembly could not survive the scenario that would happen if the bill was rejected.

Failure to introduce welfare changes will endanger other deals struck at Stormont House, such as the devolution of corporation tax powers and new structures to address the legacy of the Troubles.

But it will also pose a real existential threat to the Executive, as ministers will have failed to remove the burden of Treasury penalties for non-implementation, which are currently running at around £10 million a month.

Credit: Belfast Telegraph

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