€3.3m cuts to Waterford will hit our ‘most vulnerable’ the hardest
Plans to cut Waterford City and County Council’s budget by €3.3m and increases in rents, tolls and commercial rates will hit the most vulerbable in our society, a local TD has claimed.
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Deputy David Cullinane criticised the Government for its refusal to continue to fund the commercial water rate compensation scheme.
“Because of this, Waterford City and County Council will see a 13.5% drop in rates at €3.3 million; proportionally the highest cut made. These are government cuts plain and simple – cuts that are unsustainable and place a burden on local authorities that cannot be met.”
The Sinn Féin TD said local authority tenants cannot afford a rent increase.
He added: “Funding for roads, supports for older people in their homes, and housing maintenance should not be cut to save the Government’s blushes.
“The chief executive of Dublin City Council said this had to be done because the council was not being compensated by central government, despite promises made. In Waterford there are similar proposals to increase rates and cut services. This will cut funding for housing maintenance, roads, festivals and local communities.”
Deputy Cullinane called for the compensation for affected local authorities affected to be reinstated, adding: “It is the only way to protect households, families and businesses.”