REMINDER – You ALREADY Pay For Water Services!

REMINDER – You ALREADY pay for water services, to the tune of BILLIONS through taxation!

To the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the source of State funding for Irish Water; if he will confirm that 5% of car tax and 2% of VAT now goes towards water production via Irish Water; if he will further confirm the amount of local property tax that has gone to Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 14th October, 2014.
Ref No: 39021/14


Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly) Irish Water’s costs in the coming years will be funded through a mix of revenue from the domestic and non-domestic sector, third party finance (including bank lending and capital markets facilities) and State support which may be in the form of both equity and subvention.

In order to provide for free allowances and give greater visibility on the expected level of water charges, the Government have decided to provide the following subvention to Irish Water in 2015 and 2016:

– An average subvention of €537m in each of the two years, and – Provision of just over €400m in 2015 and 2016 to support increased investment in public water services, including the provision of a “first fix scheme” by Irish Water.

This funding package for 2015 and 2016 builds on the Exchequer funding being provided to Irish Water in 2014, which includes €239m that will be used to primarily fund the core capital expenditure programme of Irish Water.

In addition, Irish Water will receive a subvention of some €440 million from the Local Government Fund in 2014 , which will fund water- related expenditures incurred heretofore by local authorities and which would, historically, have been met by local authorities from their own resources, non-domestic water charge revenues and general purpose grants from the Fund. It is anticipated that Irish Water will finance other costs from non-domestic water charge revenues of some €190m and from borrowing, which will be the subject of appropriate Ministerial consents in due course. The local government funding model has changed considerably in 2014 and , in particular, the establishment of Irish Water and its financial relationship with the local government sector has a considerable impact on local authority financing.

The Revised Estimates Volume for Public Services 2014 estimates total expenditure from the Local Government Fund of €1.779 billion in 2014, with income from , primarily, estimated Local Property Tax proceeds of €550m and revenue from motor tax of €1.16 billion.

There you have it. You paying in two possible ways and a third (the 2% increase) question ducked.

Irish Water, the company are not charging people – they are RECHARGING people – via an extremely costly private company that old parties are even now to the tune of another €660 Million, are pouring again into! Next year is even supposed to be higher! Madness?

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