Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Ceisteanna (90)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

90. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the compliance rate for household charge payments on a county basis; the total national figure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12699/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides the legislative basis for the Household Charge. Under the Act, an owner of a residential property on the liability date is liable to pay the Household Charge, unless otherwise exempted or entitled to claim a waiver. It is a matter for an owner of a residential property to determine liability and pay the Charge. The Local Government Management Agency is administering the Household Charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county and city councils. I understand, from data provided by the Agency, that as of 6 March 2013 the number of registrations, including waiver registrations, for the Household Charge is 1,167,332. I will make a table available, with the official record, detailing the total number of payments and waivers registered for the Household Charge nationally and by local authority area. The figures are also presented as a percentage of the estimated total number of liable properties nationally and per local authority area.

Overall, compliance continues to grow and now stands at over 72%. The compliance rate from local authority to local authority varies considerably, however, from 87% in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to 61% in Donegal. It is a matter for each individual local authority to use the provisions of the legislation, combined with their local knowledge and judgement, to increase compliance. I expect that local authorities will use the available compliance avenues to the fullest to assist in funding the essential local services which are important for the well-being of every household and community.

I urge all liable persons who have not paid the Charge to visit www.householdcharge.ie or contact their local authority as a matter of urgency. Residential property owners who are unsure of their liability should also contact their local authority.

Under the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, Household Charge arrears for 2012 , including penalties and interest, will be capped at €130 if paid by 30 April 2013. Outstanding Household Charge liabilities will, on 1 July 2013, be increased to €200 and will be come a Local Property Tax liability collectable by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

County/City Council

Estimated number of liable properties

Total registered (paid + waivers)

Registrations as a % of total estimated liable properties

Carlow

18,257

13,131

72%

Cavan

25,611

18,165

71%

Clare

45,786

34,982

76%

Cork City

41,649

29,043

70%

Cork County

143,887

99,452

69%

Donegal

65,331

39,719

61%

Dublin City

190,685

142,373

75%

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

74,390

64,739

87%

Fingal

90,286

64,821

72%

Galway City

27,086

21,481

79%

Galway County

62,851

44,776

71%

Kerry

58,792

45,061

77%

Kildare

68,215

48,075

71%

Kilkenny

32,067

22,889

71%

Laois

26,185

17,445

67%

Leitrim

13,069

9,639

74%

Limerick City

20,380

14,592

72%

Limerick County

46,473

33,288

72%

Longford

12,928

9,620

74%

Louth

41,176

26,771

65%

Mayo

51,363

41,631

81%

Meath

60,652

40,590

67%

Monaghan

20,176

14,583

72%

North Tipperary

24,839

18,865

76%

Offaly

25,224

16,455

65%

Roscommon

23,888

18,030

76%

Sligo

25,281

19,299

76%

South Dublin

81,822

54,494

67%

South Tipperary

30,368

21,735

72%

Waterford City

15,753

11,059

70%

Waterford County

24,777

17,271

70%

Westmeath

29,872

21,245

71%

Wexford

56,030

38,812

69%

Wicklow

45,665

33,201

73%

National

1,620,814

1,167,332

72%

Question No. 91 answered with Question No. 81.