Sinn Fein urges public to sign petition opposing welfare cuts

Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay has hit out at unionist calls for welfare changes
Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay has hit out at unionist calls for welfare changes

A petition has been launched opposing reductions in the welfare budget.

Sinn Fein called on members of the public to sign the document, which expresses concern over what it calls the “devastating” effect they would have.

The Westminster government has insisted that Northern Ireland reform its welfare system, and is in the process of implementing financial penalties against the Province because nationalist politicians in Stormont have failed to agree on the changes.

Daithi McKay, North Antrim MLA, said in a statement launching the petition: “We want to give people the opportunity to register their opposition to the cuts agenda being peddled by a cabinet of millionaires and being supported by their allies in unionism.

“The petition, which will be available online and in hard copy, is the first in a series of initiatives being organised throughout the north to allow people from all sections of the community to show the deep opposition to these devastating cuts.

“It is been clearly demonstrated that the introduction of welfare cuts in Britain has plunged tens of thousands of people who were already struggling deeper into poverty.

“We will not allow the same situation to unfold here.

“Sinn Fein is totally opposed to welfare cuts and will stand in support of the most vulnerable in our society, the poor, the unemployed, families on low incomes, those with disabilities and older members of the community.”

The petition can be found at