Fianna Fáil local election candidate for Kilkenny City East Peter Cleere has expressed serious concern about the introduction of a new Carbon Tax from next week.
Mr Cleere says the new tax on solid fuels, which takes effect from May 1st, means that the price of a 40kg bag of coal will rise by as much as €1.30 in Kilkenny, with the cost of briquettes also increasing. This is on top of a similar increase last year.
“The jump in Carbon Tax will have a severe impact on older people and families who cannot pay their basic household bills. Many people across Co Kilkenny are having serious difficulty finding the money to pay for fuel due to continuous increases in costs. This new tax will make a bad situation worse,” Mr Cleere said.
“The very last thing that cash-strapped households need is an increase in the price of coal or briquettes. Many households have gone back to using solid fuels considering the price hikes in oil and gas. These people simply cannot afford to pay more to heat their homes. On top of this Budget 2014 also saw the Fuel Allowance reduced from 32 weeks to 26 weeks” he added.