Louth County Council has stated that it is not following the lead of Clare County Council and a number of other councils in seeking proof from people applying for university grants that they have paid the household charge.
The offices of Clare County Council in Ennis saw a protest yesterday with people complaining about the decision to tie university grants to the household charge. Today, both South Tipperary Council and Leitrim County Council have aped Clare’s stance on the issue and another of other councils are considering adopting the proposal.
The contentious decision has however recieved its blessing from a number of Ministers. The Minister with responsibility for local government, Phil Hogan, while not directly behind the move, said Clare County Cuncil were broadly following his instructions in seeking to “ensure we get a higher level of compliance with the household charge”, and Minister for Education, Ruari Quinn described the council’s request as “reasonable.”
However, Louth County Council have said they intend to collect the charge “in line with agreed proceedure” and are not adopting the same position as Clare County Council.