Behold the ‘deal’ on water… April 21, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
At the centre of the agreement is the suspension of water charges until a new charging system with generous allowances is put in place and a process that will see Irish Water changed from a commercial entity to a public utility.
The new charging system will be based on conservation and it was claimed the new allowances will be generous enough to cover normal family usage. A comprehensive system of waivers, meaning pensioners who qualify for the household package and other social welfare recipients will no longer have to pay any charges, is also expected.
The net effect will be that a significant proportion of households will no longer have to pay water charges. Those who continue paying will be given a larger allowance, which should result in smaller bills.
Can that possibly fly with the electorate? Does it split up those currently opposed into neat groups, or is it hugely optimistic that the antagonism to water charges can be pushed back?
Though perhaps the intention – for some – is a lot more short-term…
The deal on water, which would see Irish Water’s debts remain on the State’s balance sheet, clears the way for a broader arrangement between the parties to facilitate the operation of a minority government.
But still… any thoughts on how this will play further afield?