Sunday 4 December 2016

Allison Bray: Before you even open your eyes, the taxman has his hand in your pocket

We are being ravaged by a raft of government taxes, hidden charges and questionable price hikes, writes Allison Bray

Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30

We're getting screwed before we even get out of bed in the morning, ravaged by a raft of government taxes, stealth taxes, hidden charges and questionable price hikes on everyday necessities, an analysis of the cost of living reveals.

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Despite the plummeting price of oil and a 40pc drop in the average wholesale price of fuel in January, none of Ireland's eight energy suppliers has passed on the savings to their loyal customers, even though the State Commission for Energy Regulation has the power to order them to do so.

That means we are paying above the odds even while we sleep and before the boiler switches on in the morning and the electric alarm clock sounds the start of yet another wallet-depleting day.

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