Plea for childcare rates exemption

Plea for childcare rates exemption
Legal letters distributed to childcare facilities for outstanding rates may well become a thing of the past.

Legal letters distributed to childcare facilities for outstanding rates may well become a thing of the past.

Council bosses pledged to “look at” ending the practice following a lengthy discussion on the topic at a meeting of Longford County Council last week.

Cllr John Duffy pleaded for a more prudent approach to be exercised given the large sums a number of childcare providers were presently faced with.

“We have people providing an after school service in the garage of their house who are being asked to pay €2,000 in rates. It’s absolutely crazy.

“People that are trying to do the right thing are being penalised,” he said.

The Fine Gael representative’s assertions came as a result of a concerted effort by councillors to exclude private creches and childcare facilities from commercial rate charges.

Cllr Duffy said the time had come for what he described as “common sense” to prevail, something which was met with glowing approval from all sides of the council chamber.

Head of Finance Barry Lynch said the matter was one however which would have to be considered by the State’s property valuation agency, more commonly knows as the Valuations Office.