850 low income families and elderly people in the Bray area are starting to feel the effect of the Wicklow County Council budget that was adopted by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and some Independent councillors last November. In passing the budget the councillors voted to scrap the Waste Subsidy Scheme that Bray Town Council had in place. The scheme which had been in place for a number of years at a cost of €40,000 gave a subsidy to the most vulnerable in society to help cover the high costs of refuse collection.
Cllr Brady commented "Over the last couple of weeks I've been inundated by constituents contacting me about the Waste Subsidy Scheme that Bray Town Council had in place since the privatisation of the domestic refuse collection service in Wicklow. Many were very upset after being informed by the Municipal District in Bray that the scheme has now been abolished due to the passing of the County Council budget by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and some Independents."
"The Waste Subsidy Scheme was put in place after the privatisation of the refuse service to help some of the most vulnerable in society to pay for the collection of their refuse. This scheme is needed now more than ever due to the exorbitant charges for the collection of refuse by the private operators. Unfortunately with the passing of the budget in Wicklow this scheme has now been stopped and many elderly and vulnerable people now find themselves in situations were they simply cant afford to put their bins out for collection."
Cllr Brady went onto say "This is just another cut that will hurt the most vulnerable in our society, these people are already struggling to cope due to Water Charges and the Property Tax which have been introduced by Fine Gael and Labour and supported by Fianna Fáil. People are getting hit at a national level and also at a local level and it exposes the myth of a recovery wide open. There is no recovery for the most vulnerable in our society and this latest cut is further evidence of that." Ends