Pen­sion­er­snot grant­ed­wa­ter charge­waiver

June 1986

Bray People - - NEWS -

Some house­hold­ers who are en­ti­tled to a waiver in their wa­ter charges are not be­ing granted this fa­cil­ity by the Ur­ban Coun­cil, it was claimed this week.

In one par­tic­u­lar case Cllr Der­mot Tobin al­leged that two old age pen­sion­ers and their un­em­ployed son, who have only one wa­ter tap in the en­tire house, were re­fused a waiver.

‘ These peo­ple have no other toi­let or bath­room fa­cil­i­ties in their home and yet they are re­quired to pay the full amount,’ said Cllr Tobin.

The is­sue was raised by Cllr Tommy Forde at Tues­day night’s meet­ing of the coun­cil when he asked that the coun­cil­lors be no­ti­fied on a reg­u­lar ba­sis of progress in the col­lec­tion of wa­ter charges, ar­rears and the num­ber of per­sons en­ti­tled to a waiver.

Of­fi­cials in­formed him that to-date £30,000 had been col­lected com­pared to £53,500 for last year. A to­tal of 490 peo­ple ap­plied for a waiver and up to 95 per cent of these were deemed el­i­gi­ble.

Cllr Forde said that the pub­lic should be made aware of the cri­te­ria in­volved in be­ing el­i­gi­ble for a waiver. He claimed that some peo­ple had re­ceived bills for the first time this year de­mand­ing pay­ment for three years.

Cllr John Byrne said that some old peo­ple were be­ing fright­ened with the threat of court pro­ceed­ings de­spite the fact that they were on pen­sions and en­ti­tled to a waiver.

Af­ter a long dis­cus­sion on the is­sue, act­ing County Man­ager Brian John­ston said that the coun­cil had an in­or­di­nate num­ber of waiver ap­pli­ca­tions in Bray.

‘He took a con­sid­er­able amount of time to sort these out and at the end, less than ten per cent were re­fused.

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