Street lights could be switched off due to non-payment of household charge

Street lights could be switched off due to non-payment of household charge

Street lights may be switched off if the household charge is not paid, the LGMA have warned

LOCAL authorities around the country may be forced to switch off street lights because of budget shortfalls linked to the non-payment of the household charge.

With just 61% of those liable for the controversial €100 payment having paid to date, the government has slashed funding to councils.

That has put public services such as libraries, parks, galleries and even street lighting under pressure with Local Government Management Agency boss Paul McSweeney admitting that all areas could be impacted.

He said: “Parks will be closed, mobile libraries won’t be going out and we may have to start switching off street lights except for at junctions.”

Earlier this week the Campaign against Household Tax (CAHT) accused the government and the LGMA of trying to “frighten and bully people into paying.”

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. owen at 7:49 am

    Hopefully amongst the cutbacks being considered will be fewer roadworks, leading to less traffic congestion, yes, we could get use to that!

  2. Dan at 1:34 pm

    I was under the impression that wages/pensions make up the vast bulk of the local authority costs.

    For example, Councillors will next month debate a motion to slash the lord mayor of Cork’s salary in half to €62,000. (That’s twice the average industrial wage, which means the Lord Mayor currently earns 4 times the average industrial wage!)

    There is plenty of money for street lights if local authorities cop themselves on.

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