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Government considering charging for on-street parking

Laurence Skelly, Minister for Infrastructure

Laurence Skelly, Minister for Infrastructure

The government is considering a number of measures to raise more money from the public.

It’s a part of the Department of Infrastructure’s attempt to make ends meet after slashes in its income.

Among the ideas under consideration are:

Charging for school bus services

Raising the age of entitlement for free bus passes in line with the state retirement age

Charging Tynwald members and government employees for parking spaces

Charging residents for on-street parking permits

Charging for parking in central Douglas

The department says a reduction in staff and services, the introduction of new charges and the generation of additional commercial income are all being progressed in response to the huge budgetary challenge.

Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly MHK said: ‘The department is responsible for achieving half of government’s overall revenue savings target of £10 million for 2014-15.

‘It is a major undertaking that requires a bold and innovative response.’

The government is consulting the public before any charges are introduced.

The consultation document can be found here

The closing date for submissions is July 31.

For full details see tomorrow’s Manx Independent.

 

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