Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney called today on Theresa Villiers to lift the threat of further cuts to the Executive’s budget if she wants to make a positive contribution to resolving the current difficulties.
The Foyle MLA said:
“Sinn Féin will look at any positive proposal, which achieves the implementation of the safeguards agreed at Stormont House and which delivers the agreements made on legacy and other issues.
“However, the financial crisis facing the Executive is a direct result of the Tory cuts to the block grant and threats by the British government to public services and the welfare state.
“If Theresa Villiers wants to make a positive contribution to the political process then she should lift those threats immediately.
“Instead Theresa Villiers continues to evade her government’s responsibility for the current political crisis despite raiding £1.5 million from the Executive’s block grant and proposing further cuts to public services and welfare protections.”