Wednesday 16 April 2014

Plan for homeless cuts axed

SEVERE cuts proposed for homeless services in Dublin have been reversed.

City Manager Owen Keegan was to propose a budget whereby homeless services were to be cut by €6m, housing adaptation grants by €3m and an increase of €2m in social housing rents last night. However, a meeting of Dublin City Council all cuts were reversed -- and the homeless budget was actually increased by a small amount.

Independent councillor Nial Ring said "my view is was there a need for all the scaremongering?" Dublin City Council found savings to avoid making the severe cuts which Cllr Ring said were targeted at the most vulnerable.

He said that he and his colleagues received hundreds of emails from concerned people.

"It had to be found and it was," explained the Dublin councillor. The new budget was passed by 33 votes to 14. The 14 votes came from Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and People Before Profit councillors.

The city manager also said the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government would also provide a capital grant of €5m to help renovate run-down areas.

Irish Independent

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