Protest meetings planned to oppose new Household Charge

A South Tipperary TD’s campaign to oppose the Household Charge which was introduced by the Government in Budget 2012, is set to escalate in the coming weeks as a number of public meetings have been confirmed to take place across the county urging homeowners to join the Non Payment Campaign and boycott the payment of the €100 fee.

A South Tipperary TD’s campaign to oppose the Household Charge which was introduced by the Government in Budget 2012, is set to escalate in the coming weeks as a number of public meetings have been confirmed to take place across the county urging homeowners to join the Non Payment Campaign and boycott the payment of the €100 fee.

Independent TD Seamus Healy and the South Tipperary based Workers and Unemployed Action Group (WUAG) will step up the Non-Payment Campaign next week with the first of three public meetings scheduled to take place in Hearn’s Hotel in Clonmel on Monday, January 16; followed by a second meeting in the Carraig Hotel in Carrick-on-Suir on Thursday January 19; and a third meeting will take place in Tipperary Town, in the Community Services Centre on Friday January 20.

The Household Charge targets 1.6 million homeowners who are expected to voluntarily register their property and pay the charge in full by March 31 or by September 10, if paid in four instalments. This charge is an interim measure until a property tax is introduced to Ireland.

In addition to the Household Charge, the Non Payment Campaign is also targeting septic tank and domestic water charges.

“The Government is now attempting to enforce the household tax and is beginning to install water meters in homes across the state and rural households are to face an additional septic tank tax,” said Deputy Healy.

“While the household tax will start at €100 annually, this will grow to several hundred Euro in coming years,” Deputy Healy added. And he said that those who have bought or are buying out their own home, including those living in local authority estates, will also be subject to the tax.

“The Government has also agreed with the EU/IMF that from 2014 households will be charged for water. John Fitzgerald of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said that the new taxes should be €1300 per annum on the average household.

“The Government, like its predecessor, is determined to make the average citizen pay for this crisis while the super-rich escape. Our living standards are being attacked and our public services are being savaged to pay for the financial gambling of big developers and bankers at home and abroad,” said Deputy Healy.

“Across the country a campaign is being built to oppose the household and septic tank taxes and by standing together we can beat these taxes and stand up to austerity generally.” All public meetings will commence at 8pm and are open to everyone.