Wick­low Coun­cil slammed for han­dling of grants

Bray People - - Council Report -

WICK­LOW COUNTY COUN­CIL’S han­dling of the Dis­abled Per­son Grants and Es­sen­tial Re­pair Grants were heav­ily crit­i­cised at the Bray Town Coun­cil meet­ing last week.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing last Tues­day Coun­cil­lor Pat Vance de­fended the Gov­ern­ments de­ci­sion to re­duce fund­ing while blam­ing Wick­low Coun­cil for the im­me­di­ate prob­lem of over allocating grants. ‘ Wick­low County Coun­cil have be­haved dis­grace­fully in this, not the Gov­ern­ment.

The amount of ap­provals that Wick­low County Coun­cil gave out went way over the al­lo­ca­tions and now the re­sult is that through a loan of ¤2 mil­lion the grants can go ahead,’said Cllr Vance.

A num­ber of peo­ple through­out Wick­low who had been al­lo­cated the grants were in­formed re­cently that they were in jeop­ardy be­cause of lack of Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

At last week’s Wick­low County Coun­cil meet­ing mem­bers agreed that a to­tal of ¤ 2 mil­lion be added to the Coun­cil’s over­draft of ¤ 20 mil­lion to cover all preap­proved grants and that new applications would be as­sessed sub­ject to the new bud­get.

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