73% in Donegal fail to pay €100 levy

Latest figures on the household charge show that Co Donegal is the biggest rebel county with 73% of homeowners not having registered for the controversial household charge.

Government efforts to track down homeowners refusing to pay the household levy moved a step further this week with new rules agreed on the sharing of personal data details with collectors.

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) — the body collecting the charge for the department — will now prepare to cross-check details of those who paid and did not pay with the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Social Protection, and electricity suppliers as well as the Private Residential Tenancies Board.

Latest figures show that in Co Donegal, just 17,408 registered to pay the charge out of an estimated 65,331 estimated as liable to pay.

It also shows that as of Tuesday, 63% of householders in Galway had not paid the charge, while in Co Cork this figure stood at 61%.

In Cork City, 58% have not paid up. In Roscommon, the non-compliance figure was particularly high at 66%.

The most obedient local authorities appear to be in the Dublin area, with 66% of homeowners in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown paying up and a further 52% in Dublin City.

In Fingal, 50% of householders have paid the charge. In Co Kerry, 61% of people have decided not to fork out the required €100 while in Limerick county the figure is roughly similar.

In Limerick City, 58% of people haven’t paid up.

In total across the country, 685,442 have paid the charge out of the estimated 1.6m liable.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has warned that local authorities will lose out on funds if there is a shortfall in the collection.

Anyone who doesn’t pay the €100 charge before the end of September will have to fork out an additional €10.

Those who don’t pay until between October and the end of March next year will have to pay an extra €20 charge.

Householders who don’t pay until after Apr 1 will have to pay €130.

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