Looking to avoid your water charges? Just tick the sick' box

Government fears abuse of Irish Water's honesty-based system for capping water charges for people with medical conditions

5th October, 2014
Water charge protesters in Coolock in north Co Dublin last Friday. Picture: Photocall Ireland

The government is afraid there will be “widespread abuse” of the capping of water charges for people with medical conditions.

Under the current system, householders who tick a box on their water charges form to say that they have a medical condition have their bills capped automatically without having to provide any proof of the condition.

This was introduced to prevent people with medical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, incontinence and renal failure...

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