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High proposed standing charge for water would hurt poorest households – Age Action

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Age ActionHigh proposed standing charge for water would hurt poorest households

Age Action is concerned at media reports today that Irish Water is seeking the introduction of a standing charge – higher than the international average – for water services as part of the payment model due to be introduced next year.

Media reports suggest that the charge being sought would equate to one-third of the average annual household bill  — or  about €100 per annum.  “The fact that the charge represents such a large percentage of the average bill does not augur well for the creation of a payment model which would protect low income households,” Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins said.  “The provision of water is a basic human right and the payment model must recognise a person’s ability to pay.”

A high standing charge would have a greater impact on low income households.  Age Action is particularly concerned…

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