Stewart Dickson MLA said: “The SDLP and Sinn Fein are playing political games with the Northern Ireland budget. They both know that we will have to implement this legislation, but their failure to face reality is now costing us £5million a month, money that will be taken from our schools and hospitals.
“Alliance believes that the Assembly and the Executive must urgently find an agreed way forward on the welfare reform legislation. Doing nothing is not an option.
“Parties must be honest and realistic with the public about the limited changes that can be made to the legislation without severe financial implications. The Social Development Minister has already achieved a number of concessions from the Government. Any further possible refinements and amendments can now only be found by progressing the legislation through the Assembly and Social Development Committee.”