Reminders for household charges to be issued

Longford County Council is believed to be among a number of local authorities that will begin issuing reminders next month to property owners who have yet to pay the €100 household charge. Meanwhile the Local Government Management Agency has warned that failure to pay the levy could lead to legal action.

Longford County Council is believed to be among a number of local authorities that will begin issuing reminders next month to property owners who have yet to pay the €100 household charge. Meanwhile the Local Government Management Agency has warned that failure to pay the levy could lead to legal action.

Figures released late last week by the agency indicated that 924,884 households have paid the charge to date, the deadline for which was March 31 last.

In Co Longford where there are 14,453 houses registered, 7,012 have paid the household charge of €100. This equates to 48.5 percent of the total households in the county. In nearby Westmeath, where there are 30,739 properties, 53.5 percent have paid the charge or 17,544 households. Over in Co Cavan, there are 25,818 houses registered. 51.2 percent of those paid the charge equating to 13,206 households. In Co Leitrim, 62.5 percent of households have paid the charge, while over in Co Roscommon, 14,282 properties out of a total of 23,672 are registered with the local authority there as having paid the household charge.

An analysis of figures shows that the most compliant local authority regions include Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown with 76.3 percent compliance; Kerry, 66.2 percent and Clare where 64.9 percent of households paid the charge. The lowest rates of payments have been recorded in Waterford, Offaly and Louth.