Government leaves the most vulnerable waiting for waiver on waste collection charges – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised the Government for failing to introduce the annual support of €75 for persons with long-term and lifelong medical incontinence under the new waste collection charges announced in June 2017.
Raising the issue in the Dáil today, Teachta Brady said:
“Over a year since the Government’s announcement that a waiver of €75 would be introduced for persons with long-term and lifelong medical incontinence alongside changes to waste collection charges, the annual support is yet to be introduced.
“This has left those who have seen increases in their waste collection charges as large cohorts of householders have, without any financial support to meet these increased costs because of their medical condition. This is deeply regrettable.
“In June 2017, when this €75 waiver was announced arrangements were due to be finalised at the end of 2017, clearly difficulties arose and instead of doing anything to assist those who would suffer financially without the waiver, the Government stayed silent.
“Today, Minister Bruton pointed to complications around data protection which is delaying the introduction of the waiver payment. Surely these complications could not have been ongoing since June, last year when this payment was announced.
"Unless the Government made the announcement before ensuring that such a waiver was possible to introduce in the first place.
“As a result, some of our most vulnerable citizens and families are left to suffer.
“In Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget this year, we provided a bin charge waiver of €100 for households in receipt of medical incontinence supplies, the Working Family Payment and the One Parent Family Payment to ensure that low income households would also be protected from rising waste collection costs.”