Household Charge Legislation in Dail Today

The controversial Household Charge  will be debated in the Seanad today  – and is expected to be passed before the end of the week .  The Local Government (Household Charge) Bill 2011 should  come into force from January 2012 – and will mean that thousands of home owners will be liable for a €100 charge on each of their properties.
Tenants won’t be liable for the new charge .
See the details of the proposed Household Charge  here.

Some of the possible changes to the legislation that have been asked for by the Seanad include exemptions for  homes purchased under the Affordable Housing scheme;  homes on which stamp duty has been paid from January 1st 2004 up unto December 31st 2011 , and exemptions for people on Social Welfare or with Medical Cards.