Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
150. Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reason that residents in an area (details supplied) were exempt from the household charge but residents in another location were still liable despite its unfinished condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20746/12]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): As part of the process of preparing the National Housing Development Survey 2011, published by my Department in October 2011, local authorities provided details of all unfinished housing developments in their areas. Unfinished housing developments were divided into four categories as follows:
Only households in developments in categories three and four are eligible for the waiver from payment of the household charge. This list of developments in which households are eligible for the waiver in 2012 is set out under the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012. A revised list of estates will be prescribed for 2013 after which time the waiver for unfinished housing developments will end. Throughout this period it is anticipated that the numbers of categories 3 and 4 developments will decrease significantly as my Department continues to work with local authorities and other stakeholders to resolve outstanding issues, including through the Public Safety Initiative.
151. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the persons who paid the household charge, but were later found to be not liable will receive a refund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20752/12]
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides the legislative basis for the household charge. Under the Act, an owner of a residential property on the liability date of 1 January 2012 is liable to pay the household charge, unless otherwise exempted or entitled to claim a waiver. The household charge is on a self-assessment basis and it is a matter for an owner of a residential property on the liability date to determine if he/she has a liability and, if so, to declare that liability and pay the household charge.
Application for a refund of a household charge can be made by completing the refund form HC12B and returning it to the Household Charge Support Centre, PO Box 12168, Dublin 1. This form is available from the Household Charge Support Centre at the above address — LoCall 1890-357357 or 01-2224000. Alternatively the form may be downloaded fromwww.householdcharge.ie or obtained from local authorities.
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