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Sunday 21 September 2014

Coucil spending less than national average

BEHIND IN SIX OUT OF SEVEN PROGRAMMES SAYS SURVEY

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:22

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Wicklow County Council is spending less than the national average across six out of seven programmes.

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Figures from PublicPolicy.ie show that Wicklow County Council has a budget of €92.8 million or €679 per person in the county.

Across six programmes - housing, roads, water, recreation and amenity, development management and 'other' - Wicklow spend less per head than the national average. It was only in the Environmental Services programme that Wicklow spent more than the national average.

Wicklow will spend €81.95 per person on housing compared to the national average of €160.93.

On roads Wicklow will spend €142.59 compared to the national average of €169.67. €107.73 per person will be spent on water compared to the national average of €155.90.

Under the recreation and amenity programme, which takes in leisure services and libraries, Wicklow will spend just €30.09 per person - far short of the national average of €75.90.

Wicklow will spend €42.69 on development management compared to the national average of €59.57 and €120.58 on Other or Miscellaneous which encompasses college grants, administration of commercial rates and motor taxes along with local representatives' salaries and expenses. This compares to the national average of €123.75.

It was only in the Environmental Services programme that Wicklow spends more than the national average when they have allocated €153.69 per person compared to €146.27.

When it comes to comparisons with neighbouring counties Carlow and Wexford Wicklow comes middle of the road. The amount spent per person in Carlow and Wexford in housing is €174.32 and €113.12 respectively compared to Wicklow's €81.95 - the lowest of the three.

Wicklow's €142.59 per person on roads is mid range between Carlow's €138.58 and Wexford's €150.04. Wicklow's low spend of €107.73 on water is approximately €40 less than Carlow's €143.51 and Wexford's €145.50. Again it was on the high end of the scale in the environmental services with a spend of €153.69 compared to Carlow's €134.13 and Wexford's €81.79.

Recreation and amenity saw Wicklow fall to the bottom of the trio with its spend of €30.09 compared to Carlow (€48.37) and Wexford (€37.02).

Wicklow spends marginally more on development management compared to Wexford, €42.69 compared to €42.35 but both fall short of Carlow's spend of €57.05.

The Other/Miscellaneous programme sees Wicklow perform favourably with a spend of €120.58 compared to Carlow (€110.03) and Wexford (€88.38).

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