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Michael Pidgeon
Tonight we're looking again at Dublin City budget. Opening with this bizarre letter from which suggests that his cutting funds for Dublin should simultaneously cause no increased charges *OR* decreased services. How? Councils can't borrow: the budget has to balance.
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Michael Pidgeon Nov 25
Replying to @Pidge
Despite the €8.4m hole left by FG’s broken promise on funding, we’ve managed in our budget to defeat a proposal to raise social housing rents, which I’m proud of.
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Michael Pidgeon Nov 25
Replying to @Pidge
Something else I’m really proud of - for the first time in a Dublin City revenue budget, we’ve allocated funds to improve cycling infrastructure (at least 20% of several roads budgets). This is likely worth around €2.64m, in addition to existing capital spend. 🥳🥳🥳🚲🚲🚲
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Declan Hayes Nov 25
Isn't the cut approximately €8m in funding on a budget of close to €1bn? It's not a great deal in the grand scheme of things.
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Michael Pidgeon Nov 25
That's one of the things I've been surprised by. The budget is massive, but so much of it is fixed pension and staff costs. Tiny amounts of the more flexible funds make a massive difference.
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Town Bike & Country Bike Nov 25
Replying to @Pidge @Paschald
councils CAN’T BORROW? holy shit!
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Michael Pidgeon Nov 25
Replying to @crankular @Paschald
I KNOW! Although it makes me wonder what local authorities did that led to the rules in the first place! :P
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Conor McWade Nov 25
Replying to @Pidge @Paschald
Maybe cut your costs?
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The Jason Quarter Nov 25
Or collect outstanding rents?
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Cllr. Ray McAdam Nov 25
Replying to @Pidge @Paschald
Which the Govt has increased the funding available to DCC in #2020 for pay & pensions to address the issues ⬆️
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