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No Water Charges Campaign responds to Programme for Government

8 March, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Spokesperson for the No Water Charges Campaign Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has condemned the incoming government's plan to introduce water charges. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the fact that water charges feature in the section of the programme for government entitled 'Fiscal Policy' speaks volumes.

He said:

“These charges are not about the environment instead they are about raising revenue in a highly regressive and unfair way.

“Despite Fine Gael’s claims during the election campaign that they were a low tax party, and Labour Party claims to defend the least well off in society, one of their first moves is to indicate their intention to introduce a regressive form of tax that will penalise those on low incomes the most.

“We now have the outrageous prospect of hundreds of millions of euro being spent on installing metres in every household while at the same time we have not fixed the antiquated water system that is loosing massive amounts of water every single day.

“The campaign against water charges – – will be stepping up our activity over the coming weeks and months in an effort to halt the introduction of these unfair charges. We will be lobbying government and opposition TDs to put pressure on to have these plans scrapped.

“We understand that good clean water is expensive to produce and that exchequer finances are limited. That is why we support investment of progressively raised central taxation in works to eliminate wastage in the mains system and to encourage conservation at a household level.” ENDS

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