Welfare Reform Update
The Minister for Social Development moved the Welfare Reform Bill for it’s Final Stage on 26th May. As a valid petition of concern was presented on Friday 22 May in relation to the passing of the Bill, the vote was on a cross-community basis, meaning it required a weighted majority of 60%, with at least 40% from each of the unionist and nationalist designations. The voting was as follows:
|Total Votes||97||Total Ayes||58||[59.8%]|
|Nationalist Votes||39||Nationalist Ayes||0||[0.0%]|
|Unionist Votes||50||Unionist Ayes||50||[100.0%]|
|Other Votes||8||Other Ayes||8||[100.0%]|
Therefore the Welfare Reform Bill fell.
Further information on the Final Stage debate can be found here.