Rain tax hits schools and churches

February 10, 2009 at 3:04 am

If you haven’t heard about ‘rain tax’, it refers to the new law being ushered in by Ofwat, the water industry regulator, which will force organisations to pay for the cost of draining water into public sewers according to their surface area. As you can imagine, there are numerous institutions for whom large surface areas are the norm, namely churches, schools, and sports centres.

As these are also institutions which are not known for making large profits, the plan has been greeted with firm opposition across the entire length of the country. They stand to see the largest increases in their water bills, which in some cases is going to prove devastating.

According to The Herald in Plymouth, where the rain tax has yet to be introduced, churches have seen bills “rocket from £80 to £800” and sports and social clubs are “facing increases of about 400%” in areas where it has already come in.

The Liverpool Daily Post has revealed that the north of England has also expressed discontent at the new plans. However, the rain tax has been postponed in the region for the time being in response to the protestations, a move which is being seen as a success for numerous scout groups and churches. The Scout Association had previously stated that they could see bills rise to £1.5 million if the proposed changes went ahead, and the Church of England has also said churches could pay up to £15 million extra in bills.

So, whether the rain tax will actually be introduced around the whole country is not yet certain, but if it does then you can expect to hear a lot more on this matter in the near future.

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