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Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 186.  Deputy Michael McCarthy Information on Michael McCarthy Zoom on Michael McCarthy  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  the reason various phases of an estate (details supplied) are obliged to pay the household charge when its final phase was exempted from the fee; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of other estates in the locality in similar unfinished states have been exempted from the charge in their entirety; if there is scope to include the remaining phases of the estate onto the list in view of the reasons outlined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3237/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan The list of housing developments which have been designated eligible for a waiver from the household charge was extracted from the National Housing Survey 2011, having regard to the categorisation of estates by local authorities under the Unfinished Housing Developments Public Safety Initiative. This list is set out under the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012.

My Department’s analysis of unfinished housing developments, and the ongoing work being carried out by my Department and the local authority sector on the issues facing the residents of such developments, refer to the relevant planning reference of each development. Any households resident in such a development, prescribed as an unfinished housing estate for the purposes of the Act, are covered by the waiver.

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