LGMA "happy" with household charge sign-ups despite just 68,000 registrations

LGMA "happy" with household charge sign-ups despite just 68,000 registrations

Sign-ups to the household charge have been slow to date but the LGMA insist they are happy with how it is progressing

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) – the group responsible for collecting the household charge – say they are “happy” with the number of people who have signed up for the controversial charge to date.

The household charge was introduced on January 1st and is a flat fee of €100 for all 1.6 million households nationwide. The government is hopeful that it will bring in €160 in revenue this year but just a month after its introduction, it has been revealed that just 68,045 households have registered.

That equates to just over €6.8 million but still someway off the government’s target ahead of the March 31 deadline.

Speaking about the charge, a spokesperson for the LGMA said: “There’s been no problems since the slight glitch on the first day. I know that we’re happy with the progress so far.”

The charge is the subject of a campaign by politicians and activists who are urging people not to pay the flat tax which is an interim measure before the introduction of a graduated property tax.

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan said yesterday that a group of officials from the civil service would examine how a property tax could be implemented. He said they would report back to him by April of this year with a view to implementing the charge in 2013 or 2014.

People can register for the household charge at www.householdcharge.ie

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  1. Brendan at 3:37 pm

    Happy my arse.The LGMA now know based on it’s figures that they won’t get anywhere near the 1.6 million householder’s onboard to pay up the bailout tax.

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