Warning over welfare reform delay

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers

Stormont politicians wrangling over introducing welfare reforms in Northern Ireland need to decide if they are going to stick with the rest of the UK or go it alone, the Secretary of State has warned.

Theresa Villiers urged Assembly members to end the impasse over implementing changes already made in Great Britain and reiterated the Treasury claim that breaking the parity principle is set to see funding for the power-sharing executive cut by £200 million a year by 2017.

The proposals to reform the welfare system have been the cause of intense political debate in Northern Ireland, in particular the so-called ‘’bedroom tax’’ that would see benefits cut for those not deemed to be utilising all the rooms in their property.


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