Sunday 25 June 2017

Charge for water hidden in VAT

IN reply to Robert Rutledge Leuven, Belgium (Letters, October 23) regarding his so-called "free water", perhaps he has been out of the country too long.

Or perhaps he is too young to remember that up to the 1970s in Ireland we paid rates that were to fund the provision of local services -- refuse collection, lighting, water and so on.

When the Government of the day abolished rates, they increased the general VAT rate to ensure funding of local authorities would continue.

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