Sunday 19 November 2017

Water row not as clear-cut as Labour would have us believe

The issue of the level of free allowance given to each household also remains unresolved
The issue of the level of free allowance given to each household also remains unresolved

After more than two weeks of inter-government squabbling and bickering, progress on how much homeowners will expect to pay for water emerged last night. Labour Party demands for the elimination of the €50 standing charge from the tariffs levied on homeowners have been acceded to by Fine Gael.

On the surface, this may appear to be a victory for the public. However, given the complexity of the introduction of water charges from October 1, the decision is not quite the victory Eamon Gilmore's party will claim it is.

While Labour will argue that their insistence of a usage-based system is fairer for lower paid workers and pensioners, it will mean higher charges for middle and higher income households.

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