Bin the family home tax bill: Stanley
February 13, 2013
Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has today claimed the government is “attempting to turn reality into a virtue”.
Responding to reports that the government will include a new exemption under the Property Tax, Stanley said: “Minister Noonan has local authority and voluntary housing homes in the lowest band, for properties up to €100,000. This is to recognise reality. Local authority homes in 25 out of 26 counties would not even be valued at €100,000.
“I know that in my constituency of Laois, social housing would be valued at between €30-€75,000. So to include this housing in the lowest band of the Property Tax is simply turning reality in to a virtue.
“The family home tax is unjust and unfair. The ink is barely dry and the government have to amend it. Sinn Féin pointed out the bill’s inadequacies but the government guillotined the debate on this legislation.
“These are no exemptions for lone parents, pensioners or those on disability payments. The low income family pay the same as the millionaire.
“You had choices. Sinn Féin gave you some of those choices. In our alternative budget Sinn Féin spelt out exactly how the economy could be turned around and local authorities funded without any home tax. I would urge the minister not to simply amend the bill to bin the bill altogether.”