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Dublin City Councillors urged to support motion to prevent Family Home Tax being added to rent

4 March, 2013


Dublin City Councillors have been urged to back a motion at tonight's (Monday) monthly meeting of Dublin City Council to prevent the Family Home Tax being added to the rent of Council tenants. The motion is in the name of the five Sinn Féin councillors.

Urging support, Sinn Féin Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha said:
"We are urging all councillors from all parties and independents to back this motion which, if passed, would prevent the City Manager from increasing the rent of Dublin City Council tenants on the basis of the so-called Local Property Tax, which is really a Family Home Tax. “This is an unjust and inequitable tax which takes no account of ability to pay. We have the farcical situation where the Fine Gael/Labour Government has made local authorities liable for this tax on the houses and apartments they own - even though it is supposed to be a tax to raise funds for local authorities. The government wants this passed on to tenants in the form of rent increases - in other words asking them to pay a so-called property tax on properties they do not own. This proves it is indeed a Family Home Tax.

"Many local authority tenants are unemployed, dependent on social welfare and elderly, or else in employment but struggling with low pay and all the other impositions from this Government. To add a rent increase to the burden is totally unacceptable.

"The Family Home Tax should be repealed and Sinn Féin in the Oireachtas is bringing forward legislation to do so. The alternative to this unjust tax is to make the highest earners pay their fair share through a new top rate of tax and a wealth tax."
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