Punish everyone for non-payment.
A protest was held outside Donegal County Council offices by Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaigners today as Environment Minister Phil Hogan slashed €4M from the council’s budget.
The cut reflects the failure of thousands of people to pay the Household Charge.
Councillors were told there has been a large increase in the number of people paying the €100 tax – with 47% of people now having settled the bill.
That leaves just over half the householders in the county – 53% – who haven’t paid.
The Department of Environment letter to the council and its councillors says that if more people pay up, more funding will be released.