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Peter McVerry Trust welcomes increase in Dublin City homeless budget for 2014
Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed the decision this evening by members of Dublin City Council to marginally increase the budget for the provision of frontline homeless services in 2014. At the information briefing on the budget last week the initial draft contained a cut of almost €6 million to homeless services, with further cuts to disability grants and an increase in council housing rents also on the table.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust stated “The news that Dublin City Council has voted to protect, and indeed marginally increase, the annual budget for frontline homeless services is good news especially for the increasing number of people accessing those services.”
“We also welcome the announcement from the City Manager that the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will also provide a capital grant of €5 million to help renovate voids in the city. These properties can play a small but crucial role in helping to alleviate the current shortages of housing for those on waiting lists and in homeless services.”
Concluding Mr Doyle paid tribute to the City Council “Given the constraints that local authorities and councillors face when agreeing these budgets I would like to thank the staff and councillors who worked to find a way to protect homeless services in the budget for 2014.”
The budget for homeless services from Dublin City Council in 2014 will be €43.1 million an increase of 6.2 million on the draft budget for 2014.