Councils 'considering cuts' after lack of household charge uptake

County Councils across the country are thought to be considering new cost-cutting plans, as household charge figures remain stubbornly low.

County Councils across the country are thought to be considering new cost-cutting plans, as Household Charge figures remain low.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has signalled that County Councils who fail to collect substantial amounts of money from householders, will have their budgets cut from September.

In response, Galway County Council this week revealed plans which included cutting back on household grants, pothole repair and land drainage.

President of the Association of County and City Councils, and Kilkenny Labour Councillor, Michael O'Brien, said that he expects more local authorities to follow suit.

"I think throughout the whole of the 34 local authorities the cutbacks are going to be fairly substantial," he said.

"I suppose you could say that the decision now by the department in terms of the reduction in the allocations as and from September is expected.

"We are competing in local government with health, with social welfare, with education and so on. They do tend to take the public eye."

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