Murphy playing politics with cost-of-living crisis

DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said the Sinn Fein Finance Minister Conor Murphy should spend less energy attacking the DUP and make up his mind on whether he wants a devolved response or a Westminster response to the cost-of-living crisis.

By Sammy Wilson MP

East Antrim

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Mr Wilson said,

“With energy prices soaring due to global events, only the U.K. Treasury has the firepower to really help households. Devolved governments simply don’t have the levers to make a real difference.

Sinn Fein is all over the place and unable to make up their mind what the best answer is. They are more focused on attacking the DUP than they are on working for meaningful solutions.

A few days ago Conor Murphy, in a joint letter with the other U.K. Finance Ministers said,

“Ministers in the Devolved Governments have exhausted the options available to us to address the cost crisis, stretching every pound available to us to provide support. The main levers that can make a difference are held by the UK Government and it must now take urgent steps to use these to provide much needed certainty to those suffering hardship and poverty."

Whilst Sinn Fein play political games with the cost-of-living crisis, the DUP is in Westminster fighting for Northern Ireland and ensuring we get real help for working families, whether that be in their electric, gas or oil bills or with their childcare costs.

Conor Murphy told a recent party leaders that he has £900m in inescapable bids. In that case, he does not have a pot of money to share out to people. Quite the opposite, we need more resources rather than having a surplus of resources. It's time to stop pedaling myths.

The DUP is working hard to resolve the issues of the Protocol that is causing this instability. We want the Assembly back and restored, but it can only be on a stable foundation. It is important all are honest with the people. It is deeply disingenuous for anyone to argue Stormont has the funds or ability to deal with cost of living issue. It simply does not."

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