Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, a member of the City's Council's Budget Consultative Group, has said that Sinn Féin will oppose the proposed rent increases for Council tenants contained in the Draft 2014 Budget issued by management.
Councillor Mac Donncha said:
"Sinn Féin will not be supporting a draft Budget that seeks to impose a 7% rent increase for Council tenants in Dublin City. This proposed rent increase comes about directly as a result of Fine Gael/Labour Government cuts to local government funding and of the so-called local property tax which it is proposed to pass on to tenants in the form of rent rises.
"We have also been told that a new 'National Rents Scheme' in 2015 will see council rents in Dublin rise by 14%. Dublin City Council management wants to front-load this with a 7% increase in 2014.
"Sinn Féin will strongly oppose any such rent rise for tenants. Throughout the recession Dublin City Council has managed to keep rents at a moderate level yet here we have central Government again usurping local democracy in order to impose austerity on hard-pressed communities. Neither Council management nor Councillors should facilitate this.
"The draft budget also contains other cuts such as drastic reductions in Government grants for homeless services and disabled person's (housing adaptation) grants. These are totally unacceptable." ENDS