Household charge letters sent out


Reminder letters urging those who have not paid the household charge to do so will begin arriving today.

Some 700,000 property owners have yet to pay the €100 household charge. Failure to pay the levy could lead to legal action, the Local Government Management Agency has warned.

A second letter will warn of the consequences of non-payment, while a third will threaten court action if payment is not made.

Jackie Maguire, chairwoman of the Household Charge Project Board, this morning said there was a "steady flow" of people paying.

Speaking on RTÉ radio, she noted many people left payments to the last minute, leading to a processing backlog after the March 31st deadline.

The Local Government Management Agency said it had analysed data to identify those who had not yet paid the charge. A spokeswoman said the Revenue Commissioners, ESB Networks, the Department of Social Protection, Private Residential Tenancies Board and other agencies had agreed to share data in order to identify non-compliant properties.

In a statement, the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes said the reminder letters "will only add to the determination of the mass non-payment campaign".

"Deciding to send out thousands of letters threatening homeowners who have taken a principled stand in resisting the imposition of this austerity tax will not effect [sic] the peoples' determined resistance,” said John Lyons of the campaign group.

There was widespread anger over the introduction of the charge. A protest march was organised on the second day of the Fine Gael ardfheis in March, with 5,000 people demonstrating outside the party gathering the day before the deadline for payment.

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