Local Sinn Fein Deputy calls on government parties to scrap planned carbon tax hikes

Local Sinn Féin Deputy Sorca Clarke has urged cross-party support for a Sinn Féin motion that calls on government to scrap the planned carbon tax hike.

The increase in carbon tax on fuels used to heat homes is due to come into effect on May 1 and on transport fuels on October 12.

“Workers and families face a cost of living crisis as inflation and rising prices disproportionately impact the living standards of lower-income households.

“Low and middle-income households spend a higher proportion of their income on food, electricity and home heating than higher-income households.

“For months now, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has been warning the government about the cost of living, but instead of taking action, they put their collective head in the sand and have allowed rents, childcare and energy costs to spiral out of control.

“They just don’t get it. They don’t understand the pressure that workers and families are under and that they need action now to stop those costs rising further. The price of gas has increased by 28 percent in the 12 months to January, the price of home heating has increased by 50 percent in the same period, the price of petrol by 30 percent, and the price of diesel by 32 percent.

“Increases in the cost of fuel are a cause of financial hardship for many households with the planned increase in carbon tax on fuels used to heat homes in May and transport fuels in October will increase fuel prices even further.

“The government has failed to establish an Expert Advisory Group on Energy Poverty to review the existing data on energy poverty levels, examine research both domestically and internationally on the causes, impacts and remedies to address energy poverty, or propose an appropriate energy poverty measurement and tracking methodology to inform public policy.

“That is why workers and families need immediate action and why the planned increase in carbon taxes must be scrapped,” Teachta Clarke stated.


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