Dublin City Council


Question to City Manager                           City Council Meeting 11/06/2012


            Can the Manager provide an update on the proposed transfer of responsibility of the Rent Supplement Scheme from the HSE to DCC? What are the implications of the transfer for DCC? Will the transfer involve HSE staff being redeployed to DCC?


The detail of the proposed transfer of rent supplement and any standards or criteria to be introduced are in the process of being developed and agreed through an established Steering Group, chaired by the DECLG. Further details on the arrangements will be available later in the year. It is anticipated that prior to a full transfer being implemented across the country, firstly, a number of pilot schemes will be put in place in 2013, the pilot stage may involve Dublin City Council. The full transfer of rent supplement through the establishment of the proposed Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) may take a number of years. After the proposed HAP is established, it is the intention that rent supplement will be revert to being available as short-term income support for households already residing in the rented sector who temporarily are unable to afford the cost of their accommodation

Rent supplement is currently administered by Community Welfare Officers who have already been transferred from the HSE to the Department of Social Protection. At present there are no plans for the further redeployment of staff to Dublin City Council. Details on staffing and resources are being considered as part of the overall planning for the proposed transfer.

            Can the Manager provide a report on the lead-pipe water supplies in the DCC area which may have to be replaced to be compliant with the more stringent EU limits for concentrations of the metal in drinking water due to be implemented in December 2013?  


There are a significant number of lead water supply connection pipes in the city, particularly in areas constructed pre the 1960’s but the actual number of lead supplies is not quantifiable.
The majority of these are now coated internally with lime deposits built up over the years and lead can not therefore come into direct contact with drinking water.

Lead supplies are currently being replaced by the Water Services Division, between the public main and the property boundary, on an opportunistic basis as they are exposed when roadworks are being carried out in any particular area. In such circumstances, the Water Services Division will notify the householder of the need to replace their lead supply in their house to the property boundary.

 They are also replaced as part of the ongoing Water Services Division’s water mains replacement programme and the Dublin Region Water Mains Rehabilitation Project.

Water Services Division, however, can only renew the old lead pipe as far as the property boundary and if it is not replaced by the owner (at his/her cost) through the boundary and into the house then the benefit may well be negligible.

There is no funding available currently from the DECLG for the global replacement of lead supply pipes. However the Local Authorities have made representations to the DECLG that the opportunity for the global replacement of lead supply pipes should be considered under the upcoming domestic metering programme.


            Can the Manager provide an update on the fixyourstreet.ie service? Is the service currently available to DCC residents?


Dublin City Council commenced responding to issues reported on www.fixyourstreet.ie, that relate to the City Council area, on the 17th May 2012. 



            Can the Manager provide the following information in relation to the installation and monitoring of litter related CCTV by a private company:

a)      How many companies carry out this work for DCC?
b)      How long has the contract for this service been in place and when is it due for renewal?
c)      What is the cost per site of this service?
d)     What was the total cost for this service for the last year?



  1. One company provides CCTV cameras for litter monitoring. Recently quotations were sought from 4 companies to install CCTV cameras, provide footage of offences, report for court, attend court to deal with issues relating to Data Protection. Three companies replied, one company was not interested. Two of the companies who replied did not have the resources to thrall through footage to provide details of offences and attend court. As a result a decision was made to continue with the understanding in place with current company.
  2. There is no contract in place, the service is sought on a needs basis. When reports are received relating to dumping at a particular site, CCTV cameras are put in place until the dumping stops and then relocated to another site as required.
  3. The agreement in place is as follows:  The CCTV company installs CCTV cameras on instruction from this office, provides litter offences on a disc with a report for court and attends court to deal with issues relating Data Protection. 

Fee €75 plus VAT. per offence

  1. Total cost for 2011 was €59,608