Don’t forget to stock up before the 1st May – Regards Donal

Carbon Tax Phase II 1st May 2014

The effect of Phase I, which was implemented in May 2013, has been to increase the cost of a standard bag of solid fuel by €1.20, and the next proposed phase due on the 1st May 2014 will raise the price by a further €1.20 on the same bag. These increases come at a time when the cost of High Quality Low Sulphur household coal, required to meet the stringent air quality standards in place in Ireland, is rising on the world market.

These taxes hit the poorest in our society hardest, because they depend most on solid fuel for winter warmth.  It is an established fact that over 20% of Irish households are officially suffering fuel poverty.

These carbon taxes are excessive and are stealth taxes implemented by the Fianna Fail / Green Government, they continue to be implemented by current the Fine Gael / Labour coalition.*

*In 2010 a carbon tax was introduced in Ireland. The carbon tax applies to kerosene, marked gas oil, liquid petroleum gas, fuel oil, natural gas and solid fuels. The rate of tax, with effect from 1 May 2013, is based on a charge of €10 per tonne of CO2 emitted by the fuel concerned. The rates will increase to €20 per tonne with effect from 1 May 2014.