40% compliance with household charge in Kilkenny

Around 40% of households in County Kilkenny have paid the household charge.

Around 40% of households in County Kilkenny have paid the household charge.

The Department of the Environment estimates that 32,067 residential properties in the county are required to pay the charge.

As of 9am on April 24, some 12,686 of those – or 40% – had registered to pay it, according to information provided by Environment Minister Phil Hogan in response to a Dáil question on Thursday.

The numbers are probably slightly higher, as they do not include around 220,500 household charge registrations submitted through the post and over the counter in local authority offices, plus a further 15,159 where a waiver from payment of the household charge is claimed.

“The postal applications backlog has not been fully dealt with and obviously a proportion will relate to Kilkenny, but we don’t know how many will be Kilkenny-based,” said a spokesperson for Kilkenny County Council.

The council has been told by the department that those applications will be processed in the next few weeks.