Water Charges

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 8th June 2007.

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Question S3W-326

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider the further extension of the water and sewerage charge exemption scheme for churches and charitable organisations beyond its scheduled end date in 2010.

Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

The Scottish Executive’s general policy is that all customers, including charitable organisations and other organisations which serve a public function, should contribute to the cost of the water services that they use. Some of these organisations are currently exempt from paying water services charges under the water services charges exemption scheme.

The Executive previously extended this scheme from 2006-10 to allow more time for these organisations to prepare to pay for their water services. It now intends to consult on its wider principles of charging (including its consideration of the exemption scheme) for 2010-14, which it expects to publish in the autumn.

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