first_imgThomas Pringle TD has today condemned that over €7m in household charges paid by property owners is being used to finance the agency collecting the levy.Speaking on the matter today, the Independent TD for Donegal South West stated: “The fact that such a large proportion of the intake from the Household Charge, equating to charges paid on 72,000 households, is being used to pay for staff, the household charge database, and administration costs is a disgrace when so many communities are facing cuts to essential services and the closure of local facilities.”“The costs needed to run the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) have actually risen and the bill has reportedly ‘expanded’ since it was set up last year, while local authorities are being forced to cut millions from community, arts, and sports grants, as well as local facilities such as parks and libraries due to cuts in Government funding.” “The Government has already cut local funding and as a result, Donegal County Council has recently been informed that they must make a further cut of €4m by the end of the year, which will have a devastating effect on many local services. The Minister for the Environment has claimed that this is due to the low level of registration for the Household Charge in Donegal. But it’s pretty clear where a lot of this money is going, rather than funding local services as it has been purported to be doing.The fact is people in Donegal were experiencing cuts in services before the introduction of this charge. Already this year library services have been cut by €600,000 resulting in the closures of Killybegs library and Ramelton library, as well as the reduction in hours for Donegal Town and Ballyshannon libraries. And now we’re all being left to foot the increasing bill of the agency collecting this charge,” added Pringle.“It is simply not acceptable that it’s costing so much to fund the LGMA and that these costs continue to increase for no apparent reason, which has raised many questions for me. With at least 600,000 properties which haven’t registered for this charge, it’s pretty clear where a considerable amount of it would be going.As it stands many people simply do not have the money to pay for this charge and many of those who did struggled to do so. This is not what people were told they would be paying for and displays once again how out of touch this Government is from the hardship that so many people are experiencing,” stated Pringle.  TD’S ANGER AS €7M SPENT COLLECTING HOUSEHOLD CHARGE was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgWhen is the best time to visit Mumbai?As with most of the southern parts of India, go in the winter, November through to April, no later. In May the temperatures soar to 30°C, becoming intolerable just before the monsoon hits. The monsoon starts in the south, works its way north, then heads south again – so rely on regional monsoon forecasts, as they can vary widely depending on where you are. If you liked this, then check out these…7 best things to do in Southwest Sri LankaWith pristine beaches, delicious street food and cheap-as-chips accommodation, it’s time to suss out Sri Lanka and enjoy a spot of surfing, sunbathing and sea temple touring. India: A first-timer’s guide to planning the perfect tripTo the first-time visitor, India may sound daunting. You may have heard things about the crowds, the riotous colour, the heady mix of nose-tingling spices, the fairytale architecture surrounded by packed, chaotic streets. India may feel like too much of a challenge. Why should you go? How do you even get there? Don’t fret! We’re here to guide you!8 top money-saving tips for travelling on a shoestring in SE AsiaFrom taxi tips to 10p pints, useful advice for backpacking on a limited budget in Southeast Asia.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map What to seeYou’re in India, so you can’t leave without checking out it’s national obsession, cricket. Check out the much-loved sport at Oval Maiden while strolling along the leafy streets of Colaba. Marine Drive is an epic Miami-esqe stretch of skyscrapers and five star hotels, great for sunset walks – and while you’re there, check out The Gandhi House with its exhaustive collection documenting the great man’s life. The Prince of Wales Museum (now known as The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya – catchy huh?!) offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of India, and is a great place to pick up handmade, locally crafted souvenirs. If you’re after Indian textiles, head to Fabindia or check out the narrow alleyways of Chor Bazaar, where you might just be tempted by a few authentic antique gems.Where are the best places to eat in Mumbai?It’s probably safest to try out street food in Mumbai’s touristy areas. Bhelpuri (a puffed rice and vegetable chaat) and vada pav (a deep-fried potato patty) are two delightful local treats you shouldn’t miss. On the meaty side of things, Bademiya is a well-known kebab institution that serves delicious BBQ specialties with a night market feel between midnight and 3am. Aside from street food stall and established restaurants, it’s worth poking your nose into some of the kitchens of Mumbai’s luxury hotels where you’ll find unique, high quality dishes. Try The Taj Palace, JW Marriott, Oberoi hotel and the Four Seasons for great food surrounded by contemporary luxury design, champagne lounges and rooftop bars. Each have their own vibe and sophisticated dining options includes Indian cuisine, fine Italian, Japanese sushi, pan-Asian dishes or afternoon tea. RelatedWhen is the best time to visit India?The subcontinent of India has been capturing the hearts and minds of travellers for years. Colourful spice markets, elegant palaces and a rich cultural heritage make this a dream destination for everyone from budget backpackers to bourgeois yogis looking to find themselves.   Ladakh and the HimalayasFebruary to MayAgra and…A first-timer’s guide to holidays in IndiaIf you’ve never been to India before then it might seem like a daunting destination. You may have heard things about the crowds, the heady mix of nose-tingling spices, the fairytale architecture surrounded by packed, chaotic streets. Planning a holiday to India may feel like a challenge, so what are…Island idyll: how to have the best holiday in Sri LankaLet us take you on a tour of this colourful island idyll in the Indian Ocean, and we’ll give you some tips on how to get there, when to go and what you cannot miss!center_img How to travel safely in MumbaiAs with any culture new to you, approach India with a combination of basic common sense, background research and gut feel. Dress modestly if you are a woman to avoid unwanted attention. Skip food that is washed with local tap water, for example salad and fruit sold on the street. Drink water that is sealed. If in doubt, don’t eat street food you know little or nothing about, and if you have stomach ache of any kind, go to the chemist as soon as possible – the sooner you tackle it, the sooner you avoid dehydration, a lot of misery and maybe even a ruined trip. Finally, get a pre-paid or metered taxi to avoid extortionate fees and endless negotiations.Where to go for day trips out of Mumbai?The cave temples of Ellora are a 45 minute flight or an easy overnight train away. Aurangabad is the closest city to the rock-cut architecture of Ellora, now a World Heritage site, and over five centuries old. Goa is a one hour flight or overnight train from Mumbai, and a popular weekend break with a beach to suit every mood. The local King’s beer, available in Goa only, and the famous Goan fish curry – perhaps accompanied by a blazing sunset – will definitely make the journey worthwhile. How to get thereIndirect flights are available from at least twenty airports across the UK. Direct flights are available from London – if you’re flying from the capital, London City, Gatwick and Heathrow will get you to Mumbai in just under nine hours. Flights arrive at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International, and if you’re passing through Terminal 2, you’re in for a treat – it was renovated for $2 billon in 2014 to deliver a truly first class experience for travellers.Where to staySouth Mumbai – the Colaba area in particular – is a popular place to stay, meaning there are plenty of options available, and it’s a great starting point for understanding what makes Mumbai so special. It’s here that you’ll also find two of the city’s most prominent landmarks: The Gateway of India, and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Both are well worth a visit. Elsewhere and around, there are plenty of heritage buildings and leafy roads to enjoy – and the best way to do this is to use your feet. last_img read more