The inclusion of Voluntary Housing Bodies in the Local Property Tax charge is an insult to voluntary groups around the Country who have worked hard to provide social housing according to Independent TD Mattie McGrath who is Chairman of Caisleán Nua Voluntary Housing Association which provides 17 houses for the elderly and disabled in Newcastle.
“The inclusion of Voluntary Housing Associations in the new property tax is by far the biggest insult of all to voluntary groups and organisations in this Country from this Government as they plan to tax them out of existence” said Deputy McGrath,
“Not alone is this tax on the family home a draconian tax on ordinary families throughout the Country but it now comes with the aim of closing down Voluntary Housing Associations who do such wonderful work and I am absolutely shocked that the Government could think so little of voluntary groups. This is an absolute smack in the face to those who gave their time in a voluntary capacity to provide housing for those most in need.”
“We have a wonderful tradition in this country of helping those in need and that’s exactly what voluntary housing groups have done throughout the Country. They have come together to provide social housing where the Government have failed to do so. They fundraise, build and maintain social houses for the elderly, disabled and families in need and now the government have thrown them the biggest insult possible by including them in new property tax.”
Deputy McGrath has called on the Government to immediately scrap their plans to introduce this Property Tax on the family home.
“The Government have got this one wrong. We cannot put such a punitive tax on the family home when so many families are already struggling to keep the roof over their head and we cannot punish voluntary groups who have worked hard to provide for those in most need. It’s bad enough that we have state social workers writing to Saint Vincent de Paul seeking assistance but to think that we would now tax voluntary groups out of existence goes against everything that this Country stands for in terms of charitable giving” concluded McGrath