Household charge letters sent to the deceased

Reminder letters on the household charge are being sent to deceased people, including a woman who died 22 years ago, Kilkenny County Council heard at its meeting on Monday.

Reminder letters on the household charge are being sent to deceased people, including a woman who died 22 years ago, Kilkenny County Council heard at its meeting on Monday.

The issue was raised by Cllr Maurice Shortall (Lab), who said there was “public disquiet” over the letters being sent out in general. Asking what database the council was using to create its mailing list, he said: “Quite a few people have got letters to people who are deceased. I know of one woman 22 years dead – and her husband had paid the charge,” he said.

County manager Joe Crockett said the mailing list was based on historical data and that letters were being sent to clear up and correct anomalies in the database of names and addresses. He said that at present the central bureau in Dublin was responsible for making sure that names are on the list.

Separately, the local campaign against the household charge staged a demonstration outside Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s constituency office on Monday, where protesters showed what they thought of the household charge letters by dumping them into a blue bin.