Monday 26 August 2019

Council spending more on the dead than on litter collection

Cork's spend last year on its graveyards

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David Chance

Cork spends more than all other councils in the nation on the dead with a €3.7m outlay on its graveyards in 2018.

That is more than it spent on leisure services or on litter collection.

Its relative generosity when it comes to burial places isn't matched by investment in building. Combined, the city and county councils allocated €100m last year, lagging a national trend and far less than the €432m Limerick's local authority spent.

A look at local authority financing by University College Dublin's Geary Institute for Public Policy showed that spending was on the rise and was 12pc higher in 2018 than it was in 2014 at €4.7bn.

That increase was led by spending on housing and building, which is €600m more than it was in 2014, although total spending levels are still below the more than €5bn pre-crisis level.

"While there was an increase in local authority expenditure on housing and building between the years 2006 and 2009, spending in this sector fell during recessionary times and its aftermath: decreasing from €830m in 2009 to €770m in 2014," said the report from Dr Patrick Malone.

"The increased demand for social housing in recent years is reflected in the steady rise in local authority expenditure on housing and building with total local authority spending increasing to €1.46bn in 2018."

Dublin City Council also lagged Limerick in housing and building spending, but if you added up all of the local authorities in Co Dublin the total was €500m.

Government transfers make up 31pc of authority revenues, up from 24pc in 2016.

Irish Independent

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