Members of North Tipperary County Council have pleaded with the County Manager not to suspend payments of the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in light of Minister Phil Hogan slashing the Local Government Fund by 1.5 million Euro as punishment for the non collection of the Household Charge.
County Manager Mr Joe MacGrath had outlined the position to members at a highly charged meeting of the council this week and said that he simply cannot afford to pay out any grants as the final figure for the Local Government Fund is not known. The council cannot pay out money it does not have, and at the moment, the local authority is lying in limbo following what have been described as “bully boy tactics” by Minister Hogan.
Mr MacGrath said, “We will not be paying any grants to a household which has not paid the household charge, if they are supposed to have paid it. They must prove that they have paid the charge or are exempt from it. Everything is under review here in light of this action by the department,” Mr MacGrath said. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full details.