Welfare Reform Temporary Reprieve Welcomed by O’Neill
Down District SDLP Councillor Eamonn ONeill has spoken out in support of the decision to defer bringing welfare reform to the floor of the Assembly until it is “made more suitable for Northern Ireland”.
Councillor ONeill said: “We in the SDLP championed the ‘benefit take-up’ campaign in the 1980’s and subsequent years. We have been consistent in our objections to the proposed welfare reform bill. We have lobbied that these draconian Tory cuts will only further alienate the vulnerable and weak in our communities and will be a retrograde step back in time for our society.
“We are in no doubt that the system needs to be reformed but the current proposals would have devastating consequences for our communities. The Minister needs to go back to the drawing board and come up with a fairer bill”.