Responding to the news that the Executive has allocated funding of £3.8m to local government in Northern Ireland to meet the additional cost of waste management during the COVID-19 crisis. Cllr John Coyle, (Fermanagh & Omagh District Council) Chair of the NILGA Health, Social and Environmental Wellbeing Network said:
“With the mounting financial pressures being faced by our 11 councils, I welcome this ring-fenced funding to assist local government with the additional costs we have been experiencing for waste management. Through our Strategic Partnership with DAERA officials and the Strategic Investment Board, senior council officers, NILGA and SOLACE have been working intensively to ensure waste collection services have been operating normally and enhanced where required, throughout this crisis. The challenges faced by councils have been plain to see, but we have met them, and I would like to thank the DAERA Minister and his officials for the collaborative approach they have taken on these key issues.
We will work with Stormont to ensure that this funding is allocated swiftly to protect frontline public services.
This funding gives hope, not just for institutions like councils, but for the many partners that councils work with, including those in the waste industry, to serve the community in the new Northern Ireland that must emerge out of Covid-19. This is about caring for our community and protecting the economy.
In parallel with the announcement of a wider £20.3m funding package and with a longer-term financial package to be worked on for our councils, we reiterate our message that we will put citizens first and join with Stormont and national government to get our country safe and back to work again.”
Department funding allocations - https://www.finance-ni.gov.uk/node/44366