Coal Merchants Dublin, guarded welcome for Budget Measures..

Press Release – Crumlin Fuel Depot, Coal Merchants Dublin

Coal Merchants Dublin respond to Budget announcements

 

 

December 7th. 2011.  07.00.

 Coal Merchants Dublin, guarded welcome for Budget.

A Dublin coal merchant today gave a guarded welcome to some of the measures announced by Irish Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan in his 2011 Austerity Budget speech to Dail Eireann on Wednesday. Robert Hudson, a third generation Dublin coal merchant said today that while he was disappointed to see the Social Welfare Fuel Allowance being cut back from the present 32 weeks of payments during the heating season to just 26 weeks, he commended the Minister for ruling out any Carbon Taxes being applied to Solid Fuels such as coal, smokeless fuels, peat briquettes and firewood logs. Mr Hudson also welcomed the Minister’s decision not to increase the 13.5% VAT rate that currently applies to all fuels. Carbon tax which presently applies to Natural Gas, LPG and Home heating oil was increased by 25% on Wednesday; however the Minister announced that no Carbon Taxes will be applied to solid fuel. Robert Hudson, a coal merchant in Dublin for more than 30 years, said today, “Solid fuels such as coal, smokeless fuel, and peat briquettes can be easily purchased in small manageable amounts and this can greatly help to alleviate the rising trend of “Fuel Poverty” during these times of austerity”.

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” As I go about my daily coal deliveries in Dublin it is particularly saddening to see an elderly pensioner or a struggling family sitting in a cold house today, for fear of an unquantifiable and possibly unaffordable gas bill or oil re-fill two or more months down the road”.  Mr Hudson continued, “For many people in these days of uncertainty, the cosy glow of an open fire or solid fuel stove is the only affordable method of heating their homes with fuel that they have purchased weekly, in manageable amounts that they can see, that they have paid for, and that they can use accordingly”. The proprietor of Crumlin Fuel Depot in Dublin went on to say, “Carbon Taxes would have added to the pressure on ordinary Irish people already struggling to cope with huge reductions in income, and the burden to heat their homes during the freezing winter months. So the decision by the Minister not to apply these taxes to coal and smokeless fuel in Dublin has to be warmly welcomed”.

The introduction of carbon taxes for solid fuel was announced by the previous Irish Government, but was put on hold while a workable system was put in place to collect the tax, particularly on imported fuel. The announcement by the Minister for Finance in his first Budget has now firmly ruled this tax out.  In the year November 2010 to November 2011 alone, Natural Gas prices have increased in Ireland by 20%, home heating oil by 21% and Kerosene by a whopping 28%. Solid fuel prices have generally remained static and coal merchants in Dublin report the return of many customers who have gas and oil fired heating, but are now using their open fire to supplement their home heating needs.

 

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Notes to the editor.

Robert Hudson is the 3rd generation of his family of Traditional Dublin Coal Merchants.

He has personally been a coal merchant in Dublin for more than 30 years.

Crumlin Fuel Depot is a locally owned, family run firm of coal merchants in Dublin.

Robert Hudson can be contacted by phone on +353 (0) 86 0600 533 or +353 (0) 1 459 3861 or by email; robert@coalmerchantsdublin.com

Please see www.coalmerchantsdublin.com for further information

 

 

 

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