VULNERABLE Fingal residents who were promised a €75 support to subsidise bin charges 18 months ago are still waiting for the payment, it has emerged.
Sinn Fein Cllr Malachy Quinn said the Government has failed those living with medical incontinence by failing to make good on its June 2017 pledge.
At the time, Minister Denis Naughten said an annual support of €75 would be introduced under the new scheme for those with long-term medical incontinence.
The grant was promised in tandem with the new waste collection charges as pay-by-weight will impact heavily on those who use incontinence products.
Cllr Quinn said: “The annual support is yet to be introduced. This has left those who have seen increases in their waste collection charges without any financial support to meet these increased costs because of their medical condition.”
The Balbriggan-based Cllr said he was contacted by residents who have specific health issues that were affected by the new waste management charges.
He added: “I was informed that arrangements were due to be finalised at the end of 2017 to address this.
Clearly difficulties arose and instead of doing anything to assist those who would suffer financially without the waiver, the Government stayed silent.”
Data protection issues are the cause of the delay according to the Government but this has not gone down well with the Opposition.
Cllr Quinn said Sinn Fein had proposed a bin charge support of €100 for households in receipt of incontinence supplies in its alternative budget this year.
He questioned if they had made the announcement “before ensuring that such a waiver was possible to introduce in the first place”, adding: “As a result, some of our most vulnerable citizens and families in Fingal are left to suffer.”