Search

05 Oct 2022

Derry MLA slams Department of Communities for accusing SDLP of 'scaremongering' about Universal Credit

post_mark_h_durkan
SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has slammed the Department for Communities after a departmental official accused the SDLP of ‘scaremongering’ in relation to the new Universal Credit system being rolled out in parts of Belfast today. Responding to comments made by the Departmental official this morning on Good Morning Ulster, the MLA for Foyle said: “It is beyond the remit of civil servants to accuse elected representatives, who are articulating the genuine concerns of their constituents, of ‘scaremongering’ and ‘worrying claimants unnecessarily.’ “Though the Department for Communities may ‘be pleased with how things are going’ and believe it is acceptable for people to go through a daunting process to be left waiting a minimum of five weeks for their first payment, with no help from the Department except an offer of further debt, the SDLP do not. “The SDLP have consistently called out the failings of Welfare Reform on behalf of our constituents, and we will not be silenced by Civil Servants."

To continue reading this article,
please subscribe and support local journalism!


Subscribing will allow you access to all of our premium content and archived articles.

Subscribe

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.