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Poll: Should utility bills be used to ensure Household Charge is paid by all?

In today’s poll we ask what you think of the Government plans to use certain means available to it to ensure everyone who is liable pays?
Mar 11th 2012, 12:52 PM 12,097 186

AT THE END of last month, just 141,813 people had registered to pay the €100 Household Charge due by 31 March.

The Government believes about 1.6 million households are liable for the charge.

A nationwide campaign has started, calling for people not to register for or pay the charge. Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said if the expected €160 million is not collected, provision of services by local government, including fire and emergency services, waste management and street maintenance could be affected.

Hogan also said it would not be fair if some people paid, and others did not.

To identify and track down non-payers, Hogan will use information held by the ESB, Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection and local authorities.

The Data Protection Commissioner raised concerns in January about the suggestion but, according to the Sunday Times, a plan has been worked out between the Department and Billy Hawkes’ office which will see collectors use utility bills to garner names, addresses and PPS numbers of those liable for the tax.

What do you think of it all? Should the Government use certain means available to it to ensure everyone who is liable pays?

Should utility bills be used to ensure the Household Charge is paid by all?


Poll Results:

No (3298)
Yes (929)
I don't know (106)



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