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New flat rate taxes must be opposed – Ó Snodaigh

1 June, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for the No Water Charges campaign Aengus Ó Snodaigh will meet a trade union delegation this afternoon to discuss water services. Deputy Ó Snodaigh has been responding today to government plans to introduce flat rate utility charges and water charges.

Ó Snodaigh said: “This is not about new or additional money for local services or to fix our antiquated water distribution network. The central government is simply swapping one funding mechanism for another.

“Rather than funding essential local services through income tax, which at least pays some regard to the principle of ability to pay, the government are proposing to fund these services through ultra regressive flat taxes.

“The Minister said that he is considering the use of waivers for those on social welfare but struggling families should not hold their breaths. Instead they should fight to prevent the charges being introduced at all.

“I am meeting with a trade union delegation from the local authority and water services sector specifically this afternoon. At this meeting I hope to discuss what can be done to enhance our water distribution network and services without resorting to regressive charges.” ENDS

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