Speaking after it was reported that there has been a huge increase in the numbers of people using food banks, he said;
“The latest report from Age NI shows that the numbers of people in the North using food banks has increased by almost 500 per cent.
“This huge increase is worrying and is an indication of the growing levels of poverty people are experiencing.
“This is a direct result of the British government’s year-on-years savage cuts to the block grant.
“The austerity policies coming from the Tory government in London are disastrous for the people of the North.
“More and more people are struggling to put food on the table and are being forced to rely on food banks just to get the simple necessities to survive.
“The millionaires in the Tory cabinet in London are more concerned about their friends in the banks whose greed crashed the economy than the growing numbers of people who are using food banks just to get by.
“We need to see all parties in the Executive speaking with a united voice and challenging the British government on their welfare cuts agenda to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”