Raymond McCartney said;
“The challenges facing the Executive have been created by Tory austerity and their agenda of punishing the poorest in society.
“No one in the Assembly stood on a platform of welfare cuts.
“This should not be a crisis within the Assembly or the Executive. Instead, the Executive parties should stand together and confront the source of these cuts, the Tory government.
“This bill should not be brought before the Assembly.
“It is a tactically wrong move by the DUP who appear to be responding to pressure and demands from the Tories in London.
“Instead we should develop a common position within the Executive and with the Scottish and Welsh Assemblies in opposition to Tory austerity.”