Another false promise as government denies water rates will rise in the future
Whenever the government has made denials in the past they have always turned out to be lies. This is no different.
The framework directive along with other treaties demand that government subvention of services will no longer be allowed by the EU rules. Hence the water and waste prices will rise, in many multiples of their current rates, until they are in line with other countries like Germany or the UK; completely regardless of people’s ability to pay.
It is notable that there has been no leveling out of pay scales in different jobs, or raising of low pay, to take account of all the additional regressive stealth taxes and charges that are the same for everyone. In fact the opposite has been happening, worsening further the situation so the gap between rich and poor is only increasing, as is the number of poor.
The post war vision in Europe was to build a fair society, where contribution to the nation was based on ability to pay; and it worked. Nowadays the new corporate controlled government is rolling back all of those achievements for the benefit of the top tier. DDI hope to get elected so we can make a difference and find a better balance where the people are the primary concern in all decisions on how the country is run, after all the people are the nation.
Environment Department denies Europe could force us to pay higher water charges
Independent MEP Marian Harkin said the Commission could tell the Government to increase the controversial charge.
THE DEPARTMENT OF the Environment has denied claims the European Commission could force Ireland to introduce higher water charges.
Independent MEP Marian Harkin had claimed that EU legislation could lead to increased charges.
Harkin said a section of the EU Water Framework Directive states that if countries within the EU choose to charge households for water the fee must take into account the full cost of water services.
She told journalist Karen Coleman this means Europe can, at any stage, request that Ireland increases water charges to cover the cost of running Irish Water, as well as any loans the utility may take out.
However, a spokesperson for the Environment Department denied this was the case.
He told TheJournal.ie the Government policy on water charges is “fully consistent with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive and reflects the commitment entered into as part of the Programme of Financial Support for Ireland (2010-2013) agreed between the previous Government and the EU, ECB and IMF”.
Harkin said the legislation requires member states to apply to the European Commission for flexibility in how they charge people if they want to avoid passing the entire cost of water services onto households.
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The Midlands-North West MEP said she recently received confirmation from the Commission that Ireland has not done this. She called on Environment Minister Alan Kelly to apply for this flexibility “immediately”.“So all of the promises we have about water charges remaining at a certain level for the next number of years, what good are they? Unless Ireland immediately requests this flexibility,” Harkin stated.
However, the Department said there was no need for any such action, adding that it was “up to individual member states” to decide if and how to implement domestic water charges.
A spokesperson for Irish Water said the company would not be commenting on the issue as it is a “matter for Government”.