Anti-household charge campaigners insist that the release of the Irish League of Credit Unions’ survey findings today – which show that over €1.8 million people have less than €100 a month to spend after paying bills – proves that additional water and property taxes are “not feasible”.
The ILCU’s ‘What’s Left?’ survey showed that 602,000 people have nothing left when they pay their bills and that half of households struggle to pay their bills on time.
Gregor Kerr, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT), said: “This proves that it is not feasible for the Government to believe that it can impose water and property taxes on people who are already completely strapped for cash.
“In this context, how does the government possibly believe that it can impose property and water taxes which will amount to over €1,000 per household?
“These figures must be looked at in the context of figures released last week which showed that the top 10,000 Irish earners who have average incomes of €595,000 per year pay an effective tax rate of just 29%.”