Dublin City Council


City Council Meeting 14/06/2010


Q71. COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the City Manager provide this committee with the total costs of the RAS scheme in 2009? How much of this cost can be reclaimed from central Government? What is the projected cost of RAS in 2010?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
The cost of the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) in 2009 was €13.5m all of which was recouped from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The projected cost of RAS in 2010 is €16m.

Q72. COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the City Manager provide this committee with information on the following?
What was the annual income from Fire Brigade fees from commercial premises in the last five years?
What are outstanding fees on an annual basis for the last five years?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
A summary of the Fire Charges is given in the table below:

All outstanding monies are being pursued. However, some may not be collectable in full.

Q73. COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Due to the fact that Overcrowding Extension applications are currently not proceeding due to budgetary constraints, could the Manager comment on the suggestion that some tenants would be prepared to pay for their extensions through their rent

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Funding to the value of €1.1 M has been made available in 2010 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to the City Council for the provision of extensions for disabled tenants and the relief of overcrowding. This funding will allow the construction of approximately 14 extensions this year, of which 4 will be for the relief of overcrowding.

The Council does not have any internal financial resources to construct any additional extensions this year.

The suggestion by the Councillor that the Council would build extensions to relieve overcrowding and that the tenant would pay the cost of the works through their rent is not feasible as the Council would require to have the capital cost of construction available to it and, as stated above, the Council does not have such internal finance available.

Q74. COUNCILLOR CIERAN PERRY
Can the Manager confirm that Dublin City Council have received
approximately €1million in Bin Charge arrears each month since January?
Can he also confirm the amount due to Dublin City Council from the tax levied on non-principal private residences and when this income is due? Can income from either of these sources be used to finance the retention of the three swimming pools at Sean Mac Dermott Street, Coolock and Crumlin?

CITY MANAGER’S REPLY:
Total receipts to the 31st May 2010 on foot of the household waste collection charge amount to € 7,537,714.00 which in the main relates to the quarterly bills issued in January and April this year. The amount received clearly does not reflect payment of €1 million each month in arrears.

Non Principal Private Residences (NPPR)
The amount collected in respect of non principal private residences within the Dublin City Council area up to Friday 4th June is €2.787m. The amount budgeted to be collected during 2010 is €11m.

The funds from both sources (i.e. Non Principal Private Residences (NPPR) and domestic waste charges) are required to fund services already specified in the 2010 Budget as adopted by Dublin City Council.