Sunday 26 May 2019

Irish Water told to delete PPS numbers

Minister Alan Kelly
Minister Alan Kelly
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Irish Water will be told to delete all the PPS numbers it has collected from householders.

The Government has sought to bring an end to the controversy around the collection of PPS numbers as part of the registration process.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly said the "mandatory provision" of PPS numbers to Irish Water by customers has been a source of particular concern to many people.

The minister said the Government has decided to "discontinue" this requirement.

"PPS numbers will be deleted as quickly as possible." he said.

Mr Kelly said the process will be supervised by the Data Protection Commissioner and independently verified.

The law will be changed so that Irish Water will not be allowed to ask for PPS numbers.

Applications for the €100 subsidy will be handled by the Department of Social Protection, which creates and supervises the PPS numbers.

Mr Kelly said the new arrangements are based on self-declaration and appropriate audit.

"PPS numbers will not be required for registration. An individual household may be asked to provide evidence in support of their occupancy declaration as part of the audit regime. The provisions in the Social Protection Acts which allowed for exchange of PPS information will be repealed," he said.

"Irish Water will delete any PPS data already collected during the customer registration process," he said.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said matters such as the PPS numbers and call-out charges have been given serious consideration by the Government.

But Independent TD Clare Daly said the Government had "backflipped" on key issues, including the level of tariff, the need to submit PPS numbers to Irish Water, and legislation to protect public ownership. She said an acrobat would be envious of such actions.

Irish Independent

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