The new concrete levy announced in last Tuesday’s budget needs to be looked at again before any such levy is introduced in April of next year.

That’s the view of Gurteen based Fianna Fail councillor Paul Taylor. The councillor says the levy will add significant costs to the construction of houses and will have a detrimental impact on the supply of housing locally.

The 10% will be introduced on concrete blocks, pouring concrete and other concrete products to offset the significant cost of the mica and pyrite redress scheme.

Councillor Taylor believes it will be passed on by the providers of concrete directly on to the customer and when this cost is added to other inflationary increases it will result in concrete products increasing by up to 50% between the start of 2022 and April 2023.

He believes the levy will add an extra cost of at least €3,000 to build a typical home in rural Ireland.

 The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland said the levy would add up to €4,000 to the cost of a new semi-detached house and would “challenge the viability and affordability of new homes”.

Councillor Taylor has been outlining his concerns over the impact of the new levy to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley…

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