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The Department of Local Government and the Environment stops charges to Schools for Pest Control Service 27 July 2007

The Environmental/Public Health Unit of the Department of Local Government and the Environment has waived pest control fees for Schools in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of schoolchildren. The move came about when officers became concerned that some smaller schools in rural areas, where pest problems may be greater, could spend a disproportionate amount of their budget on pest control treatments.

Environmental/Public Health Manager, John Howie, explains,

“Protection of the health of the public is of paramount importance to this Department and in particular those who are vulnerable such as children”.

Minister for the Department, John Shimmin, MHK, stated,

“I had no hesitation in removing charges from schools for pest control treatments for two reasons: firstly, for the protection of the children; and, secondly, I feel the school budgets should be used for educational purposes as much as is practicable”

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