McCartney welcomes confirmation on bedroom tax

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed confirmation from Department of Finance Permanent Secretary that Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muelloir’s interpretation of the legislation is the correct one – Bedroom Tax will not apply in the North.

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“I hope that those politicians who for purely political point scoring reasons indulged in scaremongering, creating unnecessary concern for citizens will now do the honourable thing and retract their assertions as publicly as they made them.raymond mccartney

“The Permanent Secretary at the Department, David Sterling has today confirmed that after taking legal advice the position given by Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muelloir was the correct interpretation of the legislation and that Bedroom Tax mitigations can go forward and that after March the 1998 Act will be sufficient to ensure that payments can continue.”