There will be no increase in commercial rates, no increase in housing rents and environmental and parking charges will remain stable for the first time in a decade. An additional €830,000 has been made available for the provision of homeless services and the number of inspections carried out in the private rental sector will increase by 150%, due to an increase in Budget provision.
The uplift in construction development activity across the county has impacted positively on the 2019 Budget. An increase in income of €2.4 million from commercial rates will allow for more effective service delivery and a number of new initiatives; including the roll-out of electric car charging points, village clean-ups across the county and an expansion of our age-friendly initiatives. The additional expenditure allows for enhanced service levels across a range of departments and services, focusing strongly on increasing supports for people living and working in our county, and for those visiting our many beautiful places and attractions.
The Budget further allows for increased spend on Climate Change initiatives and funding towards the upkeep of our high-quality public realm. We will also continue with improvements to our beaches and bathing areas and will provide disability access to an additional two bathing areas in the county next year.
The Budget increase will also enable us to continue to be at the forefront of local government’s transformation agenda, continuing our work on Smart Dublin and building on the digitisation of our dlr Grants Scheme. The year 2019 will see the development of a new Tenant Portal which will assist housing clients from the moment they make their application.
You can see more highlights of the dlr Budget in the dlr times Winter 2018 edition here.