Hundreds of Derry people sign ‘Stop Tory Cuts’ petition

Foyle MLAs Raymond McCartney and Maeve McLaughlin look on as people sign the 'Stop Tory Cuts' petition in Derry on Saturday.

Foyle MLAs Raymond McCartney and Maeve McLaughlin look on as people sign the 'Stop Tory Cuts' petition in Derry on Saturday.

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Hundreds of people in Derry have already signed a petition to stop welfare cuts planned by the British government.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ in Derry’s city centre on Saturday afternoon, as scores of people stopped to sign the ‘Stop Tory Cuts’petition, Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said: “The response we have received to the petition has been tremendous.

“There has been a steady stream of people of all ages and backgrounds coming over to sign it. Many people are frightened of the deep impact these cuts would have in places like Derry if they are pushed through.

“The DUP needs to tell people, including many of their own voters, what they are facing into if welfare cuts are implemented. For example, in Britain by 2015, child benefits cuts will affect 7.5 million households who will lose an average of £370 per year. Cuts to child benefit will force more children into poverty.

“In Britain alone, half a million people with disabilities will have their income reduced by an average of £3,000 per year, forcing already vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals into greater hardship and suffering. These are the real, human consequences of welfare cuts. Sinn Féin is totally opposed to this agenda.

“Tory cuts would impact on all communities here - from Shantallow to Sandy Row from the Bogside to Ballybeen. That is why a united front is needed.

“Many groups in society have already got together to voice their opposition to this punishment of the poor. All political parties here need to do the same and join us in protecting our communities by opposing this attack on the most vulnerable in our society.”