StevenAgnew March 15

Steven Agnew MLA votes against second stage of budget bill

Steven Agnew MLA today, Wednesday, 24 June 2015, voted against the second stage of the Budget Bill at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Steven Agnew MLA said,

“I believe it is the first duty of government to support the most vulnerable in our society and the Green Party has this at the heart of everything it does.

“We must put more resources towards families who are living in poverty and we should not accept cuts as an inevitability.

“As always, there is a choice on how money should be spent. Apparently we can afford a £300m cut through the implantation of corporation tax but we cannot look after our constituents who need us most.

“I sought to work constructively on the Welfare Reform Bill, tabling more amendments than any other party, seeking in particular to stop the bedroom tax, protect children with disabilities and oppose punitive sanctions. These amendments were voted down by DUP, Sinn Fein and Alliance.

“These issues have to be addressed and there must be honesty and transparency around who is going to face a cut in their incomes. I make no apology for providing a voice for those who fear for their future”.

“That is why I was unable to support the second stage of the Budget Bill today as it is based on flawed welfare proposals which are not themselves agreed by the Assembly.

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The Bill and its outcomes can be viewed online at: http://assemblyapps/AIMSPortal/PlenaryItems/PlenaryItemDetails.aspx?&doc=237930&sid=td&pn=0

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