Up to half of Irish Water customers fail to apply for water conservation grant

Up to half of Irish Water customers fail to apply for water conservation grant

Up to half of all Irish Water customers have failed to apply for the €100 water conservation grant.

The lower than expected number of applications means the cost of the scheme is likely to be around €88 million, compared to its initial budget of €130 million.

It is a sign that there is continued resistance to water charges, even though there was no requirement to provide proof of payment to claim the grant.

According to the latest fgiures from the Department of Social Protection, around 885,000 people have been paid the water conservation grant.

This accounts for 59 per cent of Irish Water’s 1.5 million customers. However, the percentage is likely to be far lower given the fact that the €100 grant could also be claimed by the 300,000 households on group water schemes who are not customers of Irish Water.

The Department said it did not have a breakdown of how many people getting the grant were customers of Irish Water or were in group water schemes.

The deadline for the grant was last October.

So far just 46 per cent of customers have paid their water bills, although Irish Water has said it expects this to rise to 54 per cent in the next billing update in the new year.

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  2. Stephen at 7:35 pm

    It is good to see that at least half of the general public were not tempted by €100 propaganda inducement. KEEP RESISTING FOLKS!

  3. PB Walsh at 1:38 pm

    The thing that immediately comes to mind “This Government are idiots”, The Irish Water fiasco that has cost us billions will be nearly impossible to unravel – Denis O Brien to the rescue – cos we cant unravel all those10-20 year contracts we made without super compensation all round with IFA type handouts & termination payments -the good hardworking people of Ireland and the IDA likely have rescued us from the economic mess and the rest is pathetic – bank enquiry fiasco (ha ha the people pay) the Shannon Flooding (Ha ha the people to pay for their inactivity – the answer do nothing and put a levy on everyone insurance to pay for the next time, the health system fiasco (ha ha the people to pay again – put up the premiums – order more corridor trollys) , the housing shortage ( ha ha don’t go building any social housing like in the 50s 60s 70s 80s when we were poor- a bit of legislation needed to fix everything and rules to drive up rents and drive out landlords – thatl fix it for now including a few pre-fabs like fixed the school building problem over the years ha ha – it goes on and on = nothing for it but to call in the Shinners and have emergency legislation including monthly changes of the constitution allowing us take back all those fancy politicians pensions and monies the bankers walked off with and all the dosh signed over to Mna na Heireann from the Developers etc so it didnt need giving back and whatever it needs to fix all the wrongs inflicted on the ordinary people. Wake Up Ireland.

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