Stanley attacks household charge

ORDINARY workers and the most vulnerable are set to suffer from the new household charge which, according to Brian Stanley TD, will be followed by more charges

ORDINARY workers and the most vulnerable are set to suffer from the new household charge which, according to Brian Stanley TD, will be followed by more charges

The Laois-Offaly Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, attacked the newly announced Household Charge of €100, which he claims is a pre-cursor to water charges and a property tax.

“By choosing to impose sweeping flat rate taxes on everyone the Labour-Fine Gael Government is abandoning its promises, before and after the election, to protect the most vulnerable.

“This is the thin end of a very thick wedge, Once in place it will never be removed and will be increased in future budgets. Again it will hit families on low incomes and the most vulnerable of all, those who are struggling to pay their mortgages and those already in arrears,” he said.

The TD said the charge would hit ordinary workers again, who are already struggling with the Universal Social Charge, pension levies, PRSI and the increased income tax burden since the last budget.

“The implication of this charge will be that there is less money to spend in the local economy. This will further undermine struggling retailers and lead to even more job losses in Laois and Offaly,” he said.

He said the Government should abandon water meter installation

“Instead of spending this money on installing meters the government should increase investment in the distribution network and in fixing the existing pipe network. This has the potential to save much more water and would pay for itself quicker,” he said.