Dublin, Cavan, Tipp councils may follow Clare's household-charge 'proof' policy

A number of local authorities have said they are considering the possibility of withholding grant payments from students where householders have not paid the €100 household charge.

These include South County Dublin, Cavan County Council and South Tipperary.

Clare County Council is asking students who are applying for third level grants for proof that their families had paid the household charge.

The Council, which has been widely criticised for the letters, said grants had not been withheld, but that applicants who had paid the charge would be given priority.

Despite criticisms of the policy from opposition politicians and students, a number of other local authorities may now follow suit.

Michael O'Brien, of the Association of County and City Councils said: "The more than 60% of people who have paid deserve to be supported, because they value essential public services, as we do who are elected to local government."

Related Articles

Household charge may yield €4m in interest

More in this Section

No Lotto winner - jackpot heads for €4m

At least six thought to be involved in shooting with 'massive guns' that left dead man 'riddled with bullets'

Third opinion poll shows fall in support for Coalition while independents rise

Woman dies after car is involved in collision with a truck


You might also like

Today's Stories

‘The effects of Chernobyl will always be with us’

Trainee teacher photographed and sexually assaulted girl, 4

Pervert targets kids with phone app in Cork

Dope cheats changed the course of my life, says Sonia O'Sullivan

Lifestyle

Movie Reviews: Strangerland, Trumbo, Dad’s Army

Boss bitch - The passion of Nicki Minaj

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper is smiling her way to success

If you wonder why you are still together you could be in a zombie marriage

More From The Irish Examiner