Ulster says goodbye to UK millions
Minister Mike Penning “Follow our policies on welfare reform or we’ll start cutting millions of pounds a month from your funding”
That’s the hardline message from Work and Pensions to Stormont’s welfare Minister Nelson McCausland .
Controversial changes to how benefits are doled out started back in April.
But nothing has happened in Northern ireland despite warnings of potential big money losses if it didn’t follow suit.
Mr Penning told the Nolan Show “if NI won’t go along with parity they can’t expect the rest of the UK to pay for that”.
He accused NI politicians of burying their hands in the sand over welfare reform.
Our lovely SOS
has already delivered the same message
“The truth is we don’t have as many resources as might have been available in times past”
has already said “It’s Northern Ireland’s choice”
“It’s not a question of the UK Government ‘cutting’ [from the money it sends to Stormont]. This is a devolved system; it’s for the politicians in Northern Ireland to decide how much to spend on welfare and how much to spend on other areas of government policy.It’s for Northern Irish politicians to make their own decisions here”.
“It will be their decision but obviously if they decide not to make those reforms there are financial consequences“.
UK taxpayers can’t or won’t pay for NI anymore
Who could blame them?
We hate to say it but we told you so!!