Kelly Facing Fresh Flak over Irish Water Bills; Criticism over 'Planned' Changes to Charges Cap and [Euro]100 Payment

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Kelly Facing Fresh Flak over Irish Water Bills; Criticism over 'Planned' Changes to Charges Cap and [Euro]100 Payment


Byline: Kevin Keane

CAPPING water charges for the next decade would be a regressive move, ministers were warned last night.

Reports yesterday suggested the Government was looking at putting a limit on charges for at least ten years.

The reports - based on unnamed coalition sources - also suggested the Cabinet was considering only paying the [euro]100 conservation grant to households which had paid their water charges.

This would have be a significant u-turn on the current plan to pay the grant to every household which registers for Irish Water even if they do not necessarily pay the charges.

The Department of Environment yesterday dismissed the reports and said there were no plans to extend the cap on the water charges beyond the end of 2018 or that the conservation grant might be given only to those people who pay their bills.

But the Opposition parties seized on the reports yesterday and accused the Government of preparing for another about-face on Irish Water.

Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen rounded on Environment Minister Alan Kelly, saying: 'Every time he briefs a journalist, his policy on Irish Water changes. It's laughable. It's a joke but it's not funny. It's a total mess and it has to be brought to a halt.

'This just can't go on a weekly basis, which is happening for the last two years and it's time they started listening to recommendations and positive and real alternatives that are being put forward by the likes of ourselves.'

Any move to extend the capping of water charges would directly contradict the Fine Gael-Labour coalition's plans for water as outlined in the Programme for Government.

The document described the Government aim as being to 'move to a charging system that is based on use above the free allowance'.

Friends of the Earth Ireland yesterday warned that any move to extend the capping of water bills would undermine one of the main reasons Irish Water was created.

Director Oisin Coghlan said extending the cap would do nothing to help people conserve water.

He said: 'We're against the cap. We want people to be charged for the water that they use in a straightforward way but we also want measures put in place to help those who cannot pay. …

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