Total funding of €46,219,000 allocated to local councils for 2018

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Total funding of €46,219,000 allocated to local councils for 2018Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis has announced an increase of €1.5 million in financial allocations to local councils for 2018 over 2017, bringing the the total fund up to €46,219,000.

He explained that the direct financial allocation to local councils is to cover the following key criteria: landscaping and maintenance of parks and gardens, maintenance of roads and infrastructure, waste management, and administration.

The Parliamentary Secretary also stressed the importance of using the allocated funds to specific functions for the purpose they were given.

He added that the principle in 2017 – when councils were granted an additional adjustment fund for justice to be carried out in the distribution of funds – has been retained through the distribution of funds.

This, he said, is “so that no local council has a negative impact due to the increase of properties in our country, the distribution of funds to the capital city and other cities with particular needs, and the distribution of funds to localities considered commercial or tourist areas.”

the Parliamentary Secretary called on all local council members to cooperate and do their utmost so that this year, the local council reform will be a success.

Photograph: DOI/Omar Camilleri

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