Deering encourages those who have not yet paid the household charge to do so

15th June, 2012

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has encouraged all those who have yet to pay the household charge to do so, as penalties continue to accrue on all late payments. Deputy Deering was speaking following the release of the most up-to-date figures which outlined that 924,884 have registered so far, with €92.9 million in charges and penalties having been collected.

“In County Carlow, 10,068 properties, including waivers, have registered for the household charge to date. €982,600 has been collected to date by carlow County Council and 242 people have qualified for waivers; 105 for mortgage interest supplement waiver and 137 for the unfinished housing estate waiver.

“I would encourage everyone who has not yet paid the charge to do so, as penalties are accruing all the time and, if left unpaid, the charge will ultimately remain attached to the property.

“Imposing new charges is never easy, but the household charge is a requirement of the Troika programme we are currently in. Added to that, we are one of the last countries in Europe to have local services, such as libraries, street cleaning and lighting, the maintenance of parks and swimming pools, as well as other local amenities paid by way of a local charge.

“The Government recognises the contribution that the people of Carlow, and all of the Irish people, have been making to get our country back on track. We are working tirelessly to get those who are currently out of work, back into the workforce and to make Ireland more competitive so that we will continue to attract foreign investment.

“I would encourage those who have not yet paid this charge to do so online, at their local authority office or by posting the relevant form to Household Charge, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1.