Posted by: Team Joan | September 20, 2012

Don’t be bullied into paying the Household Tax.

More than one million people have taken part in the biggest boycott and campaign of civil disobedience in over a century. Despite what the government claims, the majority of home-owners – 52% – have not registered. Don’t be bullied into paying. One million people can’t be brought to court.

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), the body charges with collecting the tax, are planning to send out letters to those who haven’t paid over the next few months. Letters will go first to landlords and owners of second homes. Then they intend to send three letters to non payers they can identify, using data from various sources.

The Campaign Against the Household Tax and Water Charges (CAHTWC) will organise local meetings as the letters are distributed more widely in communities. These letters are not summonses, but should court cases be taken in the future, they will be met with massive protests and political pressure on the parties responsible. Nobody would attend court alone or without support from the campaign.

The data from ESB or social welfare doesn’t prove you own a home. The indisputable proof of ownership is registration itself. That is why we won’t register and help the government compile the database they need to impose home taxes.

People are taking this stance as they know the household tax is the first in a series. The Sunday Business Post has speculated about a water charge for an average family of €570, and a property tax of €500. Low and middle income earners have been crucified in the last four years and can’t take anymore. We have to stay united and keep up the boycott.

With over half refusing to register, this is our best chance to strike a blow against austerity policies which are wrecking the economy. This has shaken the government like no other issue.

I urge all those struggling against the effects of Fine Gael and Labour’s austerity programme to join the anti-austerity protest march to the Dail on Wednesday 18 July. We need to let this government of the rich know that we will no longer tolerate paying for a crisis which is not our making.

The Constituency Office of Joan Collins TD was opened a year ago this week. The office has been extremely busy helping people with housing issues, delays in welfare payments and claims, complaints about anti social behaviour and many other issues. It is very pleasing that the office is increasingly being used by campaign groups and community groups for meetings.

The office is located at 10A Old County Road and there is also a People Before Profit Office at the Ranch in Ballyfermot.

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