- Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:02 pm
Water rates are crazy due to the fact they are based on rateable values that are 20 years out of date.
The reason there has not been a fuss is because older propertys generally have a lower rateable value than newer ones which generally tend to be inhabited by wealthier people.
When I first moved up to the Midlands (20 years ago) I had a brand new 1 Bedroom Bungalow with a much higher rateable value than the 3 Bedroom Semi ( inter -war ) that I live in now.
Thus you have the situation where a bigger but older property attracts a much lower water bill than a small new one. Obviously more people can live in a 3 bedroom house and use far more water at a lower charge.
I am waiting with trepidation for when the rateable values are reassesed as I know I will get hammered !!!
The only logical way to pay for a utility is by how much you consume . Imagine if gas and electricity bills were charged the same way.
I am not paying my fair share and I think everyone should have a meter - however it is not politically expedient for that to happen at the moment.
The only consistent thing about Creditors is their inconsistency-C Butts 2008 - My Lawyers are Watching - Hopefully my Creditors are not!!!