Alliance Lisburn South representative Amanda Grehan has demanded an end to DUP-SF carve-up politics and the delivery of clarity on welfare reform for people across Lisburn and Castlereagh.
Ms Grehan stated: “People across Lisburn are coming to me in severe distress caused by the uncertainty over welfare reform.
“The DUP and Sinn Fein may feel they can enjoy a game of political ding-dong over this, but we are talking about real people’s lives and real people’s futures.
“I am in no position to advise people on how they should prepare, for example, for the change from DLA to Personal Independence Payment or for the big switchover of other benefits to a single Universal Payment because we simply do not yet know if it going to happen. I know independent Advice Centres and the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux across the area are finding the same.
“The fact is that people are being caused further distress and uncertainty while the DUP and Sinn Fein abuse this issue for electoral gain. It is simply unacceptable that they are causing people to wait until the other side of 22 May to resolve this vital issue.
“The Bill should be placed on the floor of the house and debated urgently, so that people know how to prepare for the future.”