No figures yet on Household Charge

There has been a steady stream of homeowners paying the Household Charge, report staff at Laois County Council.

There has been a steady stream of homeowners paying the Household Charge, report staff at Laois County Council.

No final figures are available until at least next week however, as many Laois people have paid by post to the central Household Charge office in Dublin, and many more have paid online.

“The majority of people posted directly to Dublin. There is post coming in from all counties, and they are so far behind that we don’t know yet how many people have paid,” said an official from the council.

“It is mainly older people coming in to us. They want to deal with a person face to face, and get their receipt,” she said.

Last Saturday March 31, the deadline for payment of the charge, Laois County Council opened until 3.30pm with six staff in the cash office to take in last minute payments of the €100 charge.

“The volumes of traffic increased from Thursday up to Saturday, but there is still a steady stream of people coming in,” the official said.

A €10 penalty is now added to the charge, along with a 1 percent penalty per month that it remains unpaid. Roughly half of qualifying householders have not paid the charge, while no figure is known for how many households are actually liable to pay.