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Water Charges

Volume 895: debated on Monday 7 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek powers to extend to ratepayers the right to pay water rates monthly.

Water authorities have power to accept payment of charges in monthly instalments, and this is widely used, particularly where water charges are collected with the general rate. I am confident that water authorities will treat sympathetically any further requests to pay by instalments from people who might otherwise suffer hardship.