Welfare reform is moral, says Villiers

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers

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There is a moral case for welfare reform because it will reward those seeking work while also providing a fairer deal for taxpayers, the Secretary of State has said.

Theresa Villiers also said that there was an “urgent” need for the Stormont Executive to agree on the issue, warning that it faces astronomical bills in the future.

For more than a year, Sinn Fein has refused to agree to reform of the benefits system, despite Northern Ireland being given certain concessions not available to other parts of the UK.

 

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