Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed a call from the four main church leaders for sustainable investment in local communities.
“The increasing poverty and inequality in society referenced by the church leaders is no accident. It is the outworking of the ideological Tory austerity cuts agenda.
“The Tory government has created the budget crisis in the north with its cuts to public services and its attack on low paid workers and the most vulnerable in society.
“Sinn Féin is entering the current talks to secure a workable budget to allow us to address poverty, protect public services and grow the economy.
“We will continue to call on all the political parties and civic leaders in the churches, the trade unions, the community and voluntary sectors and business to stand up the Tories.”