Speaking on Morning Ireland today, Minister Phil Hogan falsely claimed a ‘silent majority’ had paid the household charge and 40% had not. The Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT) totally rejects this lie and wishes to put on record the real figures, which are all sourced and verifiable.
Minister Hogan is back out from his referendum bunker and waging a propaganda campaign to disguise the real level of non-registration for the household tax. The reality is that 52% of owners of homes have not registered.
Two lies are being told. Firstly, the government is deliberately minimising the number of properties that must register, continually citing 1.6 million. The most accurate measure is Census 2011 and it shows 1,994,885 units of housing in the state. Approximately 1.81 million of these must register.
Secondly, the government is concealing the number of actual homeowners who have registered. A Dail reply last week showed 915,408 paid to date and 17,167 have waivers. However, 332,900 of these registrations are by multiple property owners or landlords.
If you take actual homeowners and not properties, 706,007 have registered and 763,249 have not. This confirms that 52% of owners have not paid the household charge — a clear majority.
The letters threatened by Hogan and co and will re-ignite our campaign groups and spark a new round of mass meetings and protests. The Campaign will be marching to the Dail on Wed 18 Julyto deliver a message to the TDs that we won’t be bullied and are taking a stand against austerity.