Sunday 26 October 2014

Charges fear for disabled over advent of water charges

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

he plans also included a €282 out-of-hours call-out fee, with an extra €141 an hour

THE Government is being asked to review the structure and management of water charges to avoid pushing people with disabilities into further poverty.

Serious concerns have been raised at the impact the proposed rate of €4.88 per 1000 litres of water, published by the Commission of Energy Regulation (CER), said the Disabilty Federation of Ireland.

The organisation is seeking the €100 allowance through the Household Benefits Package (HBP), agreed by the Department of Social Protection, to be applied through the Fuel Allowance instead, as a targeted measure to protect vulnerable households affected by disability

A 2013 report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) indicates that distributing this subsidy through the Fuel Allowance would represent better targeting of poverty alleviation than doing so through the HBP. John Dolan, chief executive of DFI, said: "Access to clean, quality water is a human right, as is access to affordable water.

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