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Tory Austerity Cuts Must Be Challenged! – Finnegan

Sinn Féin Councillor for Slieve Gullion, Aoife Finnegan has called for a united opposition to the cutting of the £20 Universal Credit uplift, proposed by the Tory Government. 

Commenting after the Council meeting, Councillor Finnegan stated: 

“The Tory government has moved once again to attack working-class people with the cut to the Ł20 universal credit uplift expected in October. 

“This is a continuation of the Tory campaign of cutting social services and will take effect at a time when they are about to increase National Insurance Contributions, to end furlough and when energy costs are going through the roof. 

“This evening I proposed an amendment to the council’s motion on this heartless Tory cut.

“ I have asked that the Communities Minister continues to liaise with her colleagues in the Executive here and in the devolved Scottish and Welsh governments to press the British government to retain this uplift and to continue to progress a long-term strategy to tackle poverty across Newry, Mourne and Down district council area. 

“Boris Johnson and his colleagues need to wake up and acknowledge the extremely difficult position they are putting families into, especially as we move into the extremely difficult winter months. 

“At a time when we should unite around the protection of working families and the most vulnerable it is very disappointing that we are seeing this very short sighted, self-serving and transparent party-political point scoring. 

“I am sure Boris Johnston will be delighted at this attempt to shift the focus from the Tory politicians who are responsible for this cut and shift it instead to local ministers. 

“We need to speak with one voice on this issue and we as a council must demand that the Tory Government do not go ahead with this cut.” 

ENDS/CRIOCH

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