Budget 2013

Carbon Tax in Budget 2013.

Press Release by Robert Hudson, Crumlin Fuel Depot Coal Merchants Dublin
21.30, 6th December 2013/

Yet goes unmentioned.

STEALTH CARBON TAX - BUDGET 2013While the focus has understandably been on the residential property tax, the 10 euro per month reduction in Child Benefit or even the 1 Euro increase in the price of a bottle of wine, the stealth tax introduced by the minister in the form of Carbon Tax on Solid Fuel seems to be largely ignored. The total amount of Carbon Tax on Solid Fuel announced by the minister will hit mostly hard pressed low income families and OAP’s with up to a EUR2.60 per bag of coal and a 50c per bale of Briquettes increase. This amounts to about an extra 5 euro per week or 20 euro per month to people already struggling to heat their homes in freezing weather and only adds to “Fuel Poverty” in this country. It also comes on the back of a reduction by 6 weeks, from 32 weeks to 26 weeks, in the Social Welfare Fuel Allowance announced in last years Budget.

As this is passing mostly un-commented upon, to put it into context the residential tax on a EUR 125,000 house will cost about 4.30 per week. (125,000 x 0.18% = 225 or 4.32 per week)

Robert Hudson of Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin responded to the announcement in Budget 2013 by saying, “As a Dublin Coal Merchant, I have only recently witnessed first hand an elderly person living alone and sitting in the freezing cold at 5pm in the evening for fear of turning on the heating and facing an unquantifiable and perhaps unaffordable bill two months or so down the line”. “For many such people the open fire is the only affordable way of heating their homes. With fuel that they can buy in small manageable amounts, fuel that they can see in their bunker, is paid for, and that they can easily use each day without fear of unexpectedly running up a huge bill that they can’t afford to pay”.

Mr Hudson continued “This Carbon Tax is an attack on those who can least afford it, and puts children and the elderly at risk of, at best serious discomfort in their own homes during the freezing winter months, and at worse at risk of illness or perhaps even more than that”.

In addition, at the same time as the minister introduces this stealth tax there is no corresponding carbon tax on Solid Fuel on the other part of this Island. This will lead to the possibility of widespread smuggling in the border regions, and far beyond, and will enevitably result in a sizable loss to the state in VAT on sales and other tax and employment related losses.
The Dublin coal merchant went on to say “As a revenue raising exercise, the entire concept may in fact be flawed and totally counterproductive, serving only to snatch money from the purse of an old aged pensioner with little or no real economic benefit to the state”.

He called on the minster to review this stealth tax at a time when most low income families and those reliant on state pensions or social welfare payments can least afford it.


Notes to Editor

Robert Hudson has been running CRUMLIN FUEL DEPOT, COAL MERCHANTS DUBLIN for more than 30 years.
He is the 4th. generation of his family of Traditional Dublin Coal Merchants.

Please contact Robert Hudson any time, day or night
Tel; 01 459 3861 or 085 7345 300