Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Government should allocate tax reliefs to members of group water schemes in Mayo and across the country. Ministers announced certain allowances for Irish Water customers in the Budget, but there are no measures in the pipeline for households which are part of a group water scheme.
Deputy Calleary commented, “The reliefs unveiled in the Budget already go nowhere near what people will actually have to pay in water charges but they are especially are cold comfort to the thousands of homes across the county whose water supply is provided by a group water scheme. These households are paying hundreds of euro a year – and in many cases have been for some years – for water services, but will receive no allowances from the state. These are families who are already to the pin of their collar, and who are being ignored by Fine Gael and Labour.
“I am urging the Finance Minister as part of the legislation being passed to give effect to Budget 2015 to afford group water scheme members the same allowances and reliefs as Irish Water customers, and end this rural discrimination, which is typical of every action this Government has been implementing since it took office”.