Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Local Authority Charges

9:00 pm

Photo of Sandra McLellanSandra McLellan (Cork East, Sinn Fein)
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Question 464: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of persons to date that have registered to pay the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9738/12]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislative basis for the household charge. Under the legislation, an owner of a residential property on the liability date of 1 January 2012 is liable to pay the household charge by 31 March 2012, unless otherwise exempted or entitled to claim a waiver.

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is administering the household charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county and city councils. I understand, from data provided by the LGMA, that as of 17 February, 2012, a total of 106,593 properties have been registered for payment of the household charge.

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