Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government , Brain Stanley TD, has today demanded that: “Minister Hogan to take responsibility for the latest costly blunder in his Household Charge scheme. It has become nothing short of an expensive pantomime.”
Responding to the latest reports that tens of thousands of letters have been mistakenly sent to people demanding payment for a Household Charge they already paid, Stanley said:
“I have been inundated with members of the public calling my constituency office stressed and worried by these threating letters. These people, who have already paid the Household Charge, have received further notification from the Local Government Management Agency demanding €127.
“Sinn Féin has written to the Ceann Comhairle this morning requesting a debate on the issue. Minister Hogan must take full responsibility for the latest blunder. The Household Charge has become a political disaster for the government and a running soap opera for the public.
“The latest revelation should be the final episode in this sorry saga. The latest mistake will cost the exchequer tens of thousands of euros. Paul McSweeny, CEO of the Local Government Management Agency, admitted that the agency do not know who has paid or who has not paid, they have no proper addresses or database.
“Minister Hogan must be brought to account for this mistake. He can no longer hide behind the government’s quango, the Local Government Management Agency. From the onset Sinn Féin said the Household Charge was unjust, unworkable and now. It is time the government realise this and reverse this charge.”