06 July 2017
DUP MLA Peter Weir has said that cuts to school uniform grants and the threat facing Sure Start staff are a result of Sinn Fein self-imposed austerity.
Commenting he said, “The Sinn Fein stock answer to everything currently is to blame Theresa May. As well as blaming Westminster for the cut to school uniform grants Alex Maskey has gone further to say he will be seeking a meeting with the Department of Education to discuss it with them.
This uniform grant is being cut by unelected officials because Sinn Fein refuse to form an Executive. Instead of requesting meetings with civil servants Alex Maskey’s party colleagues could be sitting around the Executive table with the other parties actually taking the decisions on these matters.
The DUP wanted to form an Executive four months ago and again last Thursday. This has been blocked on each and every occasion by Sinn Fein who placed their own shopping list of issues, including a gold-plated Irish Language Act above the needs of the health service, the community and voluntary sector and now those hard-pressed families who rely on school uniform grants.
The lack of an Executive and budget has placed massive uncertainly on public services. This is not Tory austerity, but self-imposed Sinn Fein austerity. To quote Alex Maskey, this is indeed an attack on children and families from deprived communities, but it is an attack that was entirely preventable and Sinn Fein had the ability to ensure it did not happen.
An Executive should be formed immediately and processes could be put in place to deal with the issues that Sinn Fein is now complaining about, but refusing to deal with.”