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The Labour Government had the opportunity to re-nationalise but didn't and won't.
Presumably you feel the same about gas and electricity supply, railways, airlines etc?
In Northern Ireland for years we were told that we were paying for our water through the rates system (same as your council tax). Now because of massive under-investment in the water infrastructure (not our fault the money wasn't spent correctly), the UK government (as opposed to our own who can't get off their backsides and earn their salaries) are trying to tell us we weren't actually paying for the water and new water rates are to be introduced based on the rateable value of our property.
Is it true this is illegal in England and Wales?
The unfair system they propose for NI is such that as usual the middle income people are paying proportionatley the most as the amount to be payed will be capped for those people with properties worth more than £350,000. They won't pay more than £750/mth.
On principle I object to paying based on the rateable value of my property. My husband and I both work full time (paying a large amount of income tax and National Insurance)and I have one daughter living away from home at university (Newcastle upon Tyne - great city!!) and one still at school and we certainly will not be using as much water as others who are at home all day. According to the scant information we have been given they MIGHT introduce metering a few years down the line. In the meantime when the new water rates system is introduced I will remove all the water saving devices we have installed in our home to make sure we get our monies worth.
Selfish and wasteful? oh yes I know it is but I am sick of being penalised because my house is worth more than someone elses.
Water is a basic life sustaining commodity and since I don't pay more for a loaf of bread or a pint of milk than someone whose house is worth less than mine I don't see why I should pay more for the water.
Sorry for ranting:( I just basically wanted to clarify the law on the mainland so that I can put the same points to my newly elected MP.
Sorry got the wording wrong I should have said it's based on the value of my property as opposed to the rateable value.
At the moment our annual rates/council tax are £1150 because my 3 bedroom house is in a more desirable area and so is worth more than a similar house in a less desirable area. This means we will be paying approx £600 to £650 for our water rates which I think is scandelous whether it is phased in over 3 years or not.
I am perfectly willing to pay for the water given that the rates I have been paying for the last 21 years have been miss spent. I do understand the need for investment in the infrastructure I just object to paying more than my fair share.
I changed to metered many years ago. My Rateable Value(house built in 1988) was just under £700 which in my area would mean water charges of over £1,100(at 2005 rates) had I not got a meter.
This year based on consumption of 180 cu meters it will be £392.
Last year the total for the same consumption was £337 - that shows how much charges have risen this year.
Our house has an RV of "£177" which equates to a bill of £414 for 2005/6. I'm guessing that even though there are only two of us (with washing machine, dishwasher, hosepipe etc), the opportunity isn't there to save a great deal of money by switching to a meter?
However our house has just been rebanded for council tax so presumably this may cause the RV to rise (if our appeal against the council tax rebanding is unsuccessful)?
However when it comes to water I think the buck should stop. Water is essential to our living, if we go without it for a week we will die. You'd feel very different about it, if it were taken away from you.
It's water and housing where the problems start with social problems start with privatisation. However my knowledge of the housing market isn't really good enough to comment on the effect of the 80s. I've always been abit anti mortages, because they seem to have become a tax on the poor.
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