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Saturday 27 May 2017

Coucil spending less than national average

BEHIND IN SIX OUT OF SEVEN PROGRAMMES SAYS SURVEY

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

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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