Monday 21 August 2017

Bill hikes: families to pay more levies

  • Electricity charges set to rise in autumn
  • Childcare scheme facing lengthy delays
  • RTÉ boss in plea for higher TV licence fee
Parents will also be forced to spend almost €1,000 to equip a child for primary school and €1,500 to send one to secondary school. Stock Image: GETTY
Parents will also be forced to spend almost €1,000 to equip a child for primary school and €1,500 to send one to secondary school. Stock Image: GETTY
Charlie Weston

Charlie Weston

Families are facing a triple whammy of charges as soon as the summer ends.

Hikes in electricity charges, higher waste costs and back-to-school expenses are set to hit parents hard in the pocket.

Meanwhile, RTÉ boss Dee Forbes pleaded last night with the Government for a sizeable bump in the €160 licence fee.

Electricity is set to become more expensive due to a hike in the State levy imposed on all bills.

Some 700,000 householders will also end up paying more when a new pay-by-weight waste collection system is rolled out to every home.

All this kicks in when parents will be forced to spend almost €1,000 to equip a child for primary school and €1,500 to send one to secondary, according to a recent survey.

On top of this Children's Minister Katherine Zappone will shock hard-pressed families when she reveals that the Government's multi-million euro 'affordable childcare scheme' has experienced complications and faces delays of months.

The energy regulator has proposed increasing the public service obligation that is added to all electricity bills by 40pc for consumers. This would add €32 to the annual cost of electricity, taking the annual cost of the levy to €112.

Irish Independent

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