“The Tories have cut £1.5bn from the Executive’s block grant over the last four years, which has had a negative impact on the Executive’s ability to deliver public services.
“They have also been involved in an assault on the welfare state trying to impose savage welfare cuts on people with disabilities, the long term sick and large families.
“Cameron’s cabinet of millionaires are now planning to bring forward another £25bn in cuts to welfare and public services.
“Mike Nesbitt singularly failed to raise the consequences of these proposed cuts which would be disastrous for public services and the most vulnerable in our society.
“Mike Nesbitt’s party stood on an austerity ticket with the Tories in 2010. He failed today to stand up for our public services, people with disabilities and the long term sick and it is clear that he remains little more than a cheerleader for the Tory cuts agenda.”