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Saturday 16 December 2017

So what's changed?

Changes to water charges after three-week Fine Gael-Labour row:

* The "standing charge" of €50 per year has been abolished, although a charge could still feature for holiday homes.

* But the average family will still pay €248 per year as originally planned.

* Low-income groups like pensioners, carers, and the disabled will get €100 towards the annual bill.

* A rebate will be paid to householders after meter installation if consumption is below the amount charged via estimate.

* Faster meter installation is planned with the bulk of homes done by mid-2016 – not the end of that year as previously outlined.

Irish Independent

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