Measures in Budget to help with water charges

//Measures in Budget to help with water charges

Measures in Budget to help with water charges

The Government is to introduce measures in the Budget to help householders and recipients of social welfare pay their water charges.

It is understood the household benefit package will be extended to other social welfare recipients and there will also be tax relief for householders.

In relation to taxation measures, the Government is said to be looking at increasing the threshold at which people hit the top rate of income tax, reducing the top rate and also changes to the USC.

Meanwhile, it is expected that an additional €200m in Exchequer funding will be announced for social housing in the Budget.

It is understood there will be strong emphasis on direct local authority building, although it is not clear at this stage how many units will be built next year.

Around 150 units were acquired or built by local authorities in 2014.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly will announce the five-year social housing strategy next week.

There are currently 90,000 people on social housing waiting lists around the country and 35,000 social housing units are needed over the next five years.

Budget 2015 will be announced in the Dáil tomorrow.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said his party would get rid of water charges if in government.

However, he said the party was not calling on people not to pay.

Mr Adams said he personally would pay the charges, but added it had been left up to individual party members whether they should pay.

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