Water charges far higher than claimed – Brian Stanley TD
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Brian Stanley TD has claimed that the amount to be charged for water for a large amount of households will be far higher than the Government have led people to believe. He was commenting on the breakdown of the estimated bills which people will receive in 2015.
Deputy Stanley said: “While the Government is claiming that the average water bill will be É238, many households including families with children will be facing far higher bills. For example a family of five with two adults and three children, one over the age of 18, will receive an estimated bill of É586.
“No account is being taken of ability to pay, nor is there anything other than vague references to possible allowances for people with special needs. For example, an elderly or disabled person living with relatives and currently not living in their own home will get a bill for É125 even though he or she is not currently resident in the house.
“It should also be borne in mind that the allowances of 30,000 litres per household, and of 21,000 per child, will be reviewed at the end of 2016. Given that Irish Water will require almost one billion Euro per year, the likelihood is that such a review will either lower or abolish allowances, which will mean much higher bills for all consumers after 2016.
“My party remains opposed to water charges, and is committed to reversing them over the course of any government in which Sinn Féin is involved.”