THE “bully-boy” tactics of Minister Phil Hogan in hitting old age pensioners with the Household Charge have been roundly criticised by Portlaoise Town Council.
A motion was proposed by Cllr Matthew Keegan, to request the minister to instruct the Revenue Commission to insert a credit for the Household Tax regarding pensioners that are living on their own.
“The Household Charge is effectively a tax on their pension,” said Cllr Keegan. “I would like to see some waiver.”
“It’s very unfair to say they have to pay irrespective of their means,” said Cllr Willie Aird. “It’s dreadful to think there isn’t payment by a means system... how are people supposed to live?”
Cllr Tom Jacob said he had personally witnessed an old person who hadn’t a clue how to fill in the form for the Household Charge.
“He’s a bully-boy of a minister,” said Cllr Jacob, referring to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD. “He’s a disgrace to the nation. Anybody who bullies old people should ask themselves, are they worthy of the job.”