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ATTWOOD: SOS POSITION ON WELFARE REFORM ‘SUMS AND DOGMA’

SDLP West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood has outlined the SDLP’s position on welfare reform and the politics of welfare reform in the context of the Talks Process.

He said: “We rejected the first DUP/Chancellor’s letter on the ‘Treasury loan’. Sinn Féin fell for the trap. We will reject the DUP/Chancellor’s letter on welfare – for one may be coming – if it is in the same terms as the first letter – ‘Stand and deliver – fall for the trap’.

 

“We met the Secretary of State on Thursday, a meeting full of dogma and Treasury demands. Teresa Villiers gave us a paper.

 

“It was silent on why one hundred in every 1000 are on disability benefits here compared with 50 in every 1000 in Britain. It was silent on the fact that child poverty here by 2020 will be over 30 per cent. It was silent on the welfare, physical and emotional needs of victims and survivors. It was silent on much else but it was full of sums.

 

“We will not vote for a Welfare Bill with the financial top-up. This is very short of what is needed. We said this to the Secretary of State on Thursday. We repeat this again today.”

 

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