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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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