Shorthall admits "mistakes" as just over 800,000 register for household charge

Shorthall admits "mistakes" as just over 800,000 register for household charge

Minister of State Róisín Shorthall

A total of 805,569 homeowners registered to pay the €100 household charge before Saturday’s deadline.

The figure consisted of 621,717 properties registered online and processed by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), 89,000 postal applications and 12,677 properties that registered for a waiver.

The figure is just under 50% short of the government’s target of 1.6 million houses.

Speaking today Minister of State for Health Róisín Shorthall accepted the government had made “mistakes” in the implementation of the household charge.

She said “lessons need to be learned” over the process.

“There is a need now to take stock, to see where people haven’t been making the payment, and why they haven’t been making the payment,” Ms Shorthall told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

“I think we need to see where mistakes were made and how we can improve compliance with this charge.”

Meanwhile, The Irish Times reported today that local authorities whose citizens have paid the household charge in significant numbers will not suffer the same cuts as those which have shown a low level of compliance.

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