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Gilmore calls for Carbon Levy on heating oil to be postponed until allowance

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 08:15 PM

In the last Budget the Government announced the introduction of a Carbon Levy which will come into effect on May 1st. Announcing the Budget the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan TD, promised the introduction of a voucher system of fuel allowances for low income families affected by the introduction of the levy.

The subject was raised today in the Dáil by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD who called on the Government to delay the introduction of the Carbon Levy for heating oil until the allowance is introduced.

"The Minister promised an additional allowance specifically for low income families. He said it would be a vouched allowance but never spelled out what kind of voucher allowance it would be.

"There was to be specific allowance to protect low income households from the impact of the carbon levy. This levy will increase the price of oil over the past year.

"It will present an additional hardship for people whose social welfare payments were cut by the Government in the Budget and who had an additional cut in their payments as a result of the abolition of the Christmas bonus.

"They are now facing additional fuel costs because of the introduction of the carbon levy."

Eamon reiterated his call for the Carbon Levy on heating oil to be postponed until the Government makes good its commitment.

You can see Eamon's full contribution on the accompanying video while the full exchange will be available on the Oireachtas website.

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