Sinn Féin welcomes progressive South Dublin County Council budget
Sinn Féin group leader on South Dublin County Council Cllr Cathal King has welcomed this evening’s decision by a majority of the Council to pass a budget for 2015. Cllr King said that ‘this is a progressive budget that is good for families, communities and the local economy.’
Cllr King said:
“This evening Sinn Féin and our colleagues in the Progressive Alliance have passed a progressive budget for 2015 that is good for families, communities and the local economy.
“When we formed the Alliance with Labour, the Green Party and the Independents we set out a policy programme that focused on increased investment in social housing, community services and job creation.
“I am delighted that we have been able to strike a budget that will see increased investment in all of these areas.
“Budget 2015 includes a 15% reduction in the local property tax and the continued absorption of the cost of the LPT for local authority tenants.
“This will not only help struggling families, it will also release over €4 million into the local economy as a result of increased spending power which will be good for local businesses and jobs.
“The budget also includes increased funding for homeless services, housing maintenance and the windows replacement programme.
“There are also a number of new community initiatives which will see increased investment in such as €170,000 towards a new Community Initiatives Fund, €50,000 towards active age groups such as Men’s Sheds, €50,000 towards educational bursaries and €200,000 towards a school meals programme that will benefit 6,500 pupils .
“The budget also includes €950k to support small employers across the county through the Business Support Grant.
“The increase of 150% in our homeless budget to the tune of an additional €900,000 will be used in this vital service to the most vulnerable in our society. In addition to this we removed a provision within the housing budget for an increase in rent incomes to the tune of €1.3 million.
“Across south Dublin families are struggling under the weight of central government austerity in the form of tax hikes, water charges and cuts to public services. That South Dublin County Council has been able to increase funding on key areas such as housing, homelessness, community services and supports for small businesses is very positive.”