Less than six in a 100 of Irish homeowners register to pay new Household Tax
Fri 17 Feb 2012 05:31 pm filed by the Editor - Ireland
John Lyons, People Before Profit/United Left Alliance representative, has welcomed the release of figures this week that show that less than 6% of Irish homeowners have registered to pay the new Household Tax: "The figures this week are not surprising really as throughout the last month the campaign has really stepped up a level. The anger at the imposition of yet another austerity measure and the determination to resist it has been there from the start of the campaign, at every meeting. What has changed more recently is in the numbers of people attending their local meetings: before the Budget was announced last December meetings were in the range of fifty to sixty people, now there are in their hundreds."
And in response to the Government leaflet distributed throughout the country this week, the campaign has responded in kind: "We have moved quickly to counter the lies contained within the Government leaflet; the money raised through this new austerity tax will not fund your local services but will fund the lifestyles of bondholders both here at home and abroad. We have had five austerity budgets in four years and the people are just fed up with being forced to bailout bondholders and bankers. Again and again at our meetings what has emerged most strongly is the message that the people can't pay and won't pay this new austerity tax."
Ahead of the next Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes meeting on Dublin's northside, taking place next Wednesday 22nd February in Donnycarney's Le Cheile Community & Youth Centre at 8.15pm, John Lyons, active in the campaign since last September, calls on all those residents angry at the government and struggling to pay their bills, to come to the meeting: "We are building for a big meeting next week with hundreds of posters and thousands of leaflets making the rounds in Fariview, Artane, Clontarf and Donnycarney. I'd say to people out there to attend the meeting, you are not alone in your struggles to survive week to week, deciding what bills to pay and what necessities to forego - there are unfortunately thousands of people out there in the same position. But we can come together in this campaign and with one voice make it clear to the Government that this new Household Tax is just one austerity measure too far - we can and will defeat it."