Re­pairs budget is ‘con­strained’

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE Coun­cil is giv­ing a “raw deal” to ten­ants be­cause they’re spend­ing the low­est amount in the coun­try on Coun­cil hous­ing main­te­nance.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Sinn Féin Coun­cil­lor Chris MacManus who noted with dis­ap­point­ment a ¤13,000 drop in main­te­nance for 2019, from ¤174,000 in 2018.

“Last month I high­lighted a re­port which said this Lo­cal Author­ity spent the low­est amount (¤400) per house, the low­est in the state for hous­ing main­te­nance,” he said.

“We’re giv­ing a raw deal to our ten­ants. They pay rent week in week out and they re­ceive re­me­dial hous­ing main­te­nance,” he said.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices for Hous­ing Bart­ley Gavin said their staffing re­sources were “con­strained” for hous­ing main­te­nance.

“We’re try­ing to bal­ance the books,” he replied. The Hous­ing sec­tion dealt with over 1,000 re­pair re­quests in 2018 to date.

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