JCI to offer a ‘JCI’ discount for the rain fund
Dubliners have been left scrambling to access help as the JCI Disaster Relief Fund is set to be cut by about €100 million.
Billed as a “JCI” discount for rain-affected areas, it is expected to see €100m of funding cut from the $3.8bn relief fund to $3 billion.
The JCI has already been hit by the flood of rain that hit Ireland on Sunday and Monday, leaving it with only about €300m of available funding.
The shortfall has been exacerbated by the fact that the flood relief fund is designed to support local government and the private sector, not the government.
“It is a huge loss for Ireland and I would say it is the largest disaster relief funding cut in recent history,” said JCI chairman Paul McGreal.
“I am very sad that JCI will no longer be able to provide funding for the people of the Jci area,” he said.
“We will be working with the Department of Finance and local government to find new funding sources.”
“This will have a direct impact on our businesses and residents.”
The Irish Times understands that local government departments have been asked to apply for a waiver to help them cover the shortfall.
However, there is a catch: the Department will not give local authorities the opportunity to request a waiver, even if they have the resources to provide it.
Budget Minister Shane Ross said the JCSID will be “in charge of providing the JCF funds” to local authorities.
“Budget 2018-2019 will continue to provide JCI with the resources it needs to assist in the recovery of the area,” Mr Ross said.JCI has a budget of €3.7bn.
Mr McGreal said the relief fund had “suffered” from the flood, but added that it was still “a very large amount of money”.
“It would have been fantastic if we had had a much larger funding allocation,” he told the Irish Times.
“However, that is not going to happen and there is no room for error.”
The JCSI was set up in the wake of the catastrophic floods that hit the country in 2005 and 2006, killing about 100,000 people and leaving another 6.6 million people homeless.
The organisation provides flood relief, food, shelter and clothing to the region.
The relief fund has also been hit in recent years by the severe storms in Ireland, which have forced it to divert funds away from areas it has previously helped.
A year ago, the JSI announced it would close its offices in Dublin and Cork, which it had helped fund for many years.
Mr Ross said he hoped the money would be put towards more relief efforts.
“The money will be used to help us to get the JCOs out of the flood-affected area and to get out of other areas of need,” he added.
“In the short term, we have a large contingency fund to help cover some of the funding shortfall.”