Household charge sign-ups increase by 10% in a single morning

Household charge sign-ups increase by 10% in a single morning

26,000 people paid the household charge this morning

The number of people who have paid the household charge increased by 10% this morning.

New figures released this afternoon have shown that those signing up to the controversial new charge has jumped from 260,000 this morning to 286,000 at noon.

That’s still a significant sum off the government’s projected figure of 1.6 million householders that they expected to sign up for the €100 charge but also represents one of their biggest increases in sign-ups since it came into effect on January 1st.

The increase in sign-ups backs the government’s stance that they expected a last-minute rush to pay the charge before the March 31st deadline.

The head of the body in charge of collecting the household charge said yesterday he expected to see a rapid increase in the numbers paying before the end of the month.

Local Government Management Agency chief executive Paul McSweeney said he didn’t have any fears about the ability of the computer system to deal with a flood of payments.

He also said he expected a large proportion of payments to be made by post.

Further sign-ups are expected between now and the end of the month, when many people are paid, but campaigners against the charge are still encouraging homeowners not to pay and a protest rally has been organised for the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. MICKEY MOUSE at 1:19 pm

    YOU CAN PAY MINE.

  2. p. egan at 3:30 pm

    typically, the crowd who are opposing the Charge are the usual suspects WHO DON’T WANT 2 PAY FOR ANYTHING. they want everything 4 free but they’re the very people who will be complaining if their SW payment is short 1 cent. joe higgins and the rest are living in a socialist utopia – GET REAL!

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