Tory Minister Mike Penning accuses NI politicians of burying their heads in the sand over welfare reform

Nov 13, 2013, 09:37 AM, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Follow our policies on welfare reform or we'll start cutting millions of pounds a month from your funding. That's the hardline message Work and Pensions Minister Mike Penning will give Stormont's welfare Minister Nelson McCausland today.

Controversial changes to how benefits are doled out started back in April across the water. But nothing has happened here despite warnings of potential big money losses if we didn't follow suit.

Mr Penning tells the Nolan Show if NI won't go along with parity they can't expect the rest of the UK to pay for that. He has accused NI politicians of burying their hands in the sand over welfare reform here.

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