Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has called for an immediate halt on the implementation of Universal Credit.
“The implementation of Universal Credit should be halted immediately.
Universal Credit is a policy that is riddled with faults, complications and delays. It is a policy that was supposedly designed to simplify the benefits system but has actually caused more hardship and deepened poverty.
The reality is that Universal Credit is an instrument of the Tory war on the most vulnerable in our society.
In the north we have provided a support package that is not available elsewhere, but this can only mitigate Tory cuts. The only answer to the problems associated with Universal Credit is to end Tory austerity and their ideologically driven assault on our public services.”