Just over half have paid the household charge

A campaign of government threats and intimidation on the household charge had failed, according to Independent TD Seamus Healy.

A campaign of government threats and intimidation on the household charge had failed, according to Independent TD Seamus Healy.

Following the release of figures which showed that the household charge has been paid by 53.5% of the chargeable dwellings in South Tipperary, Deputy Healy said half the population had revolted against the ‘unjust additional charge’.

The payment figures would be even lower if account was taken of those entitled to a waiver who had not registered.

Deputy Healy said the campaign against the household charge will now be stepped up in response to a new push for payment by government.

Deputy Tom Hayes saids that there obviously was a reluctance to pay the charge.

He hoped over time that people would realise that there had to be a local charge to ensure local authorities and local services were maintained like there was in every European country.

According to the Local Government Management Agency, the household charge has been paid on only 53.5% of the chargeable dwellings in South Tipperary.

For North Tipperary the figure is 55.6%. The national figure is 55.3%. .

In all 17,544 households in South Tipperary had paid the charge. 264 waivers had been granted in South Tipperary for people who had registered for the household charge.