Thursday, 4 July 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
In June 2017, the Government introduced a new framework for household waste charges. As part of that, there was supposed to be an annual support waiver of €75 for people who have lifetime or medical incontinence. That was due to be rolled out by late 2017. I do not think it went far enough. It should have been expanded to people in receipt of the working family payment, the one-parent family payment, etc. I raised the issue with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Bruton, last December. He stated that there have been problems rolling that out and that he was in discussions with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Here we are two years later and this has still not been introduced. Some of the most needy people in the State are being penalised with this charge. The waiver has not been introduced. Will the Minister update us on where it is and why it has not been introduced?