Louth County Council to pursue outstanding household payments

Fifty per cent of houses in Louth have paid the Household Charge accourding to the Louth County Council

Fifty per cent of houses in Louth have paid the Household Charge accourding to the Louth County Council

And the council have said they will now proceed to recover the outstanding charge from households that have not paid.

Payments made after 31 March incur interest of one per cent per month.

The Household Charge continues to be paid online and by post.

The backlog has now been processed by the department and Louth County Council like all other local authorities has been informed that the process is up to date.

At the end of March about 30 per cent of the hoses liable for the charge had their payments processed.

This figure did not include the applications received by the council in the final week of March.

The county council has had an increase in its financial expenses due to debts not being paid.

Savings have been made on the payroll due to early retirements.

Their has been a high spent in the agriculture, education and health and safety division in relation to the second and third installment payments of higher education grants.

The council is keeping a very close track of its expenses and the county manager holds a monthly review.

Unlike many local authorities across the country, Louth has not been caught out by the shared ownership scheme which was aimed at people sho could not afford to buy their own home inone go, giving them the opportunity to buy part of a home with a local authority and increasing their ownership steps until they own all their property.

An increasing number of people who have bought houses this way have fallen into difficulties andcouncils nationwide are facing trouble.

In Dublin over 50 houses bought under the shared ownership scheme have been repossessed.

And in Cork arrears have reached fifty-one per cent and a number of houses have also bewen repossessed.

There are only three such schemes in Louth.