“Protecting The Most Vulnerable Remains Sinn Féin’s Key Objective” Mickey Brady MP
Newry & Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that protecting the most vulnerable remains Sinn Féin’s key objective. He also stated that a recent Auditor’s report which hailed the multi-million welfare top-up package secured in the Fresh Start Agreement was a clear vindication of the £585 million top-up package that Sinn Féin had fought for in order to protect the most vulnerable from the Tory Welfare cuts agenda and called on the Department of Communities to urgently respond to the recent Auditor’s report.
The Sinn Féin MP said,
“The Auditor’s report was a clear vindication of the £585 million top-up package that my party fought for in order to protect the most vulnerable from the Tory Welfare cuts agenda.
His report painted a stark picture of what the alternative would have been, warning that without these protections we would be facing the same kind of increased hardship and foodbank use that is happening in Britain”.
The MP continued
“I and my Sinn Féin colleagues have urged the Department of Communities to respond to the auditor’s report as quickly as possible. It is important that happens because the current mitigation package is due to end in 2020 so forward planning needs to take place now”.
Mickey said that his Party would continue to oppose the welfare cuts agenda.
“From our perspective, the Sinn Féin position is unambiguous. We will continue to oppose the welfare cuts agenda in its entirety. It is clearly not fit for purpose and should be scrapped completely.
Protecting the most vulnerable will remain our key objective, whether that is by mitigating it where possible or by unpicking the entire disastrous Tory welfare agenda”