Anti Household Charge group rejects Phil Hogan’s claims

The national Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes says it plans to hold a series of protests at local council meetings throughout the country over the coming weeks.

The group is stepping up its campaign as fears mount that the 600 thousand or so homeowners, who have yet to pay the household charge - may soon be issued with a court summons.

The Environment Minister Phil Hogan says local services will be cut if everyone does not comply and pay the 100 euro tax.

But spokesperson for the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes and Dublin councillor Brid Smith says local services are likely to be cut anyways next year - as local authorities are receiving less funding from Government: