MUA Rates discount

There is no such thing as a free lunch. This applies to the so-called rates discount also. There is in reality a £1.2m cost each year to MUA utlities customers of applying the 5% discount, which merely serves to benefit the well off that can afford to pay the year's rates in full lump sum by June, and those that cannot afford to do so end up paying more than their fair share. It would be much easier for households to budget for the rates over 10 or 12 months of the year, without financial penalty, as per UK Council Tax arrangements.

The Corporation had the right idea by reducing down a few years ago the level of discount applied, and it is time for the ongoing need for the MUA's Water and Sewerage Rates discount to be reviewed. This could be done on a transitional reducing basis if necessary.

Why the contribution is important

The rates discount in inequitable, unfair and ultimately makes the rates more expensive for those that can least afford to pay. Get rid of the discount and reduce the rates for all regardless of ability to pay, or even use the saving for the MUA to reduce the cost to the taxpayer of providing Government grant to the MUA.

by Woodyboyo on May 02, 2017 at 03:22PM

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