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Water charges concessions are gimmick – Brian Stanley TD

14 October, 2014 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has claimed that water charges will still impose a large burden on struggling households despite the measures announced in today’s Budget.

He was responding to the €100 tax relief and €100 assistance for some people on social welfare. 

Deputy Stanley said:

“While any relief is welcome, the fact remains that the water charges will continue to impose an extra cost on households. It should also be noted that similar concessions on waste charges through waivers that were introduced in the 1990s quickly disappeared. 

“As far as the measures announced are concerned it is clear that they are a gimmick designed to try to save the Labour Party which has lost most of the support it won in the 2011 general election through a succession of measures that have particularly attacked those who voted for them, with the water charges being just the latest in a series of austerity measures.

“Any small gains for those on lower incomes and social welfare have been wiped out by Local Property Tax and the water charges. 

“As the by-elections last Friday and the massive turnout on Saturday’s protest proved, there is massive opposition to the water charges. It is also clear that not only was the creation of Irish Water as an entity separate to the local authorities unnecessary, but that it has turned into a corporate mess.

“Sinn Féin will therefore abolish the charges and take steps to ensure that the water services are retained under democratic public control.”

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