Friday 20 April 2018

Case study: 'This will affect our shopping budget'

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

"I was feeling a bit sick," was one mother's thoughts on the latest revelations about what bills her family will face in the future for water charges.

Caitriona Redmond, the author of Wholesome, Feed Your Family Well For Less, said that she now has to readjust her family's shopping budget because of the water charges bill they will be faced with next January.

She explained that the family's modest food budget of €70 per week is now facing a cut, as it is her "last flexible bit of income".

Married to John, the couple have three children ranging from two-years-old to 14 between them, and live in a four-bedroom, mid-terrace house in Balbriggan.

They have yet to have a water meter installed and if this is not installed before January, she will pay a standard fixed rate.

She said that the charges she will face next year will be the equivalent of her family's shopping budget for a month.

This will force them to make savings elsewhere, which in her opinion will have a "knock-on effect on the economy".

She believes that the €5 per week that families will be forced to fork out could eliminate a child's activity like "swimming, or football", which in turn "could be someone else's income".

However, she thinks that we shouldn't complain too much as "we can't have it all".

Irish Independent

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