Sinn Fein lambasted the DUP and the Tories in its response to the Chancellor’s autumn budget.
With no clarity on when the £400 energy and £200 fuel oil payments will be made, former finance minister Conor Murphy was sure the blame lay.
“People would already have this money if the DUP hadn’t blocked the formation of an executive and left us at the mercy of a budget brought forward by Tory millionaires,” he said.
“Liz Truss’ chaotic budget, hailed by the DUP, has sent mortgage payments soaring and interest rates and inflation skyrocketing. It is imperative that we have an executive to invest an extra £1billion in our health service to tackle waiting lists, recruit more doctors and nurses and invest in cancer services and of mental health.
The DUP has blamed Sinn Fein for many of Northern Ireland’s financial problems, with it overspending by £650million in this year’s budget.
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said: ‘Conor Murphy failed to deliver a budget and we are now reaping the consequences.
“This black hole is the responsibility of the government for a lack of funding, but the former finance minister must also take his share of the responsibility due to poor budgetary management.
“There was enough time to agree on a reasonable budget, but
instead of facing reality, Murphy spent his time advocating for the strict implementation of protocol and attacking the DUP.
North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said the budget showed “Northern Ireland benefits massively from being part of the UK” with the triple lockdown of pensions, NHS, welfare and energy payments.
Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry said: “The UK situation reflects two self-inflicted wounds – Brexit and the Truss Government’s reckless budget which cost the UK £30billion.
“It’s incredible that the Chancellor has failed to tackle the root of the energy crisis – our poorly insulated homes and our reliance on oil and gas from other countries. Investments in renewable energy and insulation are crucial.
UUP MP Steve Aiken said Northern Ireland faced very real challenges.
“Nothing can replace the fact that our own ministers are shaping our own public services as we face these difficult circumstances.”
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said families will “suffer for years” because of the Tory mess, and the sooner the government leaves office the better.
The TUV said the budget highlights “the benefits of joining the UK”, with Northern Ireland set to receive “a financial boost via the £650million Barnett Formula, even at a time when the pressure on public spending is enormous”.
People Before Profit MP Gerry Carroll has called on people to take to the streets to oppose ‘Tory farce’.
Green Party leader Mal O’Hara said Mr Hunt had “missed the opportunity to protect the most vulnerable”.
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