Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said the withdrawal of the Welfare Reform Bill was the right thing to do.
The DUP Minister for Social Development withdrew the bill after Sinn Féin made it clear this morning that it would not support its passage through the Assembly.
“The withdrawal of the Welfare Reform Bill was the right thing to do.
“For Sinn Féin the key issue is ensuring protections for children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long term sick and large families and that remains our priority.
“The way to resolve this issue is for the Minister for Social Development to bring forward schemes for agreement which gives effect to the intent of the Stormont House Agreement by providing full protection for all claimants.
“We will not be part of any agenda that punishes the most vulnerable in our society.”