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Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 170.  Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he will be willing to write to each household affected by the household charge asking them to pay the charge, on the basis that taxpayers deserve to be approached directly when the State imposes a new charge. [3064/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan Significant efforts will be made to ensure that property owners are aware of the household charge and the liability and payment dates. The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) and local authorities have commenced a national information campaign to advise people of the household charge and their responsibilities in relation to payment of the charge. A similar and successful advertising and information campaign was undertaken in the context of the €200 charge on non-principal private residences on its introduction in 2009 with further advertising taking place each year since.

It is also intended that a household charge information leaflet will be issued shortly to residential properties in the State. I am confident that those liable to the household charge will be aware of their obligation to discharge their liability for the charge by 31 March 2012 and thereby avoid any late payment fees or late payment interest.


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