Stanley seeks support for Household Charge Repeal Bill
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has this morning outlined how Sinn Féin will scrap the household charge and how local government can be fully funded without any hidden charges or double taxation.
Speaking at a Sinn Féin press conference in Dublin today Deputy Stanley called on all TDs to support the Household Charge Repeal Bill which he will introduce to the Dáil this evening.
“This Bill aims to reverse the Household Charge and reimburse all those who have paid the charge. Sinn Féin will be introducing the bill this evening and it will be put a to a vote tomorrow night.
“We have campaigned against this charge since it was first introduced in last year’s budget. Despite the government’s best attempts to bully the public into submission, nearly 50% of households still have not paid the household charge. The Sinn Féin bill will give the opportunity to government and opposition parties to overturn the charge.
“We are delighted to have received support for the bill from UNITE, MANDATE, the Dublin council of Trade Unions as well as a number of community and campaign groups.
“The household charge was introduced because the Fine Gael/Labour government cut the funding to local authorities and redirected the money to bail out the banks. To raise the €160 million needed for local authorities a charge of €100 was imposed on people’s homes. Yet there are a number of viable alternatives to this charge including;
• The introduction a new third rate of tax of 48% on income earned by individuals in excess of €100,000 which raises €410 million;
• Abolish ‘Group relief’ availed of by companies to transfer losses to profitable companies and write down tax receipts which raises €450.3 million;
• Abolish legacy property reliefs to raise €341.8 million;
• Cap all public servants wages at €100,000 per annum saving €265 million.
“Each of these measures has the potential to raise far more than what is needed to reinstate 2011 funding for local government. But instead the government went for the lazy option of digging deeper in to the public’s pockets.
“I am calling on all TDs to back this Bill and on the government, particularly the Labour Party, to reconsider its position and support the Sinn Féin Bill. It is the only fair and common sense approach.”