Magherafelt SF councillor calls for end to ‘demonising’ people on benefits

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MAGHERAFELT Sinn Féin councillor, Gabhán McFalone has said that the relentless campaign to attack people in receipt of benefits must stop.

The young republican who has a strong track record in leading Benefits Take Up Campaigns and informing disadvantaged communities of their entitlements said: “In recent weeks, we have seen a relentless campaign by the Briitsh Tory party and their cheerleaders both in Ireland and Britain to attack the benefits system at every opportunity with daily front page stories, TV programmes and sound bites.

“In many cases it has been open season by sections of the right wing press in Britain to demonise people who are quite rightly entitled to social welfare benefits, as somehow being to blame for the current economic crisis across the western world.

“It’s very easy to pick on the disabled, the single mothers and the low paid, but at the same time avoid tackling the fat-cat bankers and city traders who have left everyone in this current financial crisis. The demonising of people who receive social welfare benefits needs to stop!”