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Thursday 23 November 2017

Water charges: Government to work out refund system for households without meters overcharged

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says the Government has to work out a refund system for householders without meters, if it turns out they are paying too much in an assessed charge.

In the wake of the Coalition row over water charges, Mr Gilmore faced questions from Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Independents on the issue.

The Labour Party leader says the Coalition is also going to look at speeding up the rollout of meters are three quarters of houses will be hit with an assessed charge.

Mr Gilmore also says the issue of “ability to pay” by those on low incomes also has to be resolved.

The Tanaiste says “no decision” has been taken by Government around water charges.

He said a number of issues have yet to be reolved.

“Frankly I wish they had been addressed some months ago,” he said.

Mr Gilmore said a charge based on metering system has the advantage of enabling people to conserve water and reduce their household bill.

He said the average charge of €240 was worked out by the Central Statistics Office.

“It will be necessary to have ability to pay measures before we settle on what eh charge will be and what the charge will work to,” he said.

“I want to see there being certainty and answers being provided for them,” he added.

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