Friday 24 November 2017

State out of pocket as 450,000 still haven't paid house levy

Gordon Deegan

NEARLY half-a-million households have still not paid the household charge, leaving the Government with a shortfall of over €45m.

New figures provided by Environment Minister Phil Hogan show that the charge is still owed by more than 450,000 households.

Mr Hogan confirmed that the compliance rate is now at 72pc, with 1.167 million homes having either paid the €100 or registered for the charge.

Mr Hogan revealed that there are 453,482 properties still liable for the charge.

The figures were provided by Mr Hogan in response to a written Dail question by Deputy Billy Kelleher (FF).

The estimated total number of properties that should have registered is 1,620,814.

The most compliant local authority area is Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, where 87pc have paid.

The local authority area with the worst record is Co Donegal, where only 61pc have paid.

The figures show that Taoiseach Enda Kenny's constituency of Mayo has the second highest compliance rate in the country at 81pc.

Minister Hogan said: "It is a matter for each individual local authority to use the provisions of the legislation, combined with their local knowledge and judgement, to increase compliance."

Mr Hogan warned: "I urge all liable persons who have not paid the charge to visit or contact their local authority as a matter of urgency."

He said that penalties and interest will be capped at €130 if paid by April 30.

Irish Independent

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