Water and Sewerage Exemption Scheme for Charities

Applications are open for a new scheme to assist eligible organisations with the payment of water and sewerage charges.

The Scottish Government scheme will mean that charities registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and Community Amateur Sports Clubs, which meet the scheme requirements and which have an income of less than £200,000 will no longer need to pay water and sewerage charges - and those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate. The new scheme takes effect from the new financial year starting on 1st April 2015 but application for the scheme can be made now. It will cost an estimated £6.5 million - £4.5 million from Scottish Water and the remainder from the Scottish Government.

Beneficiaries of the current scheme that ends on 31 March 2015 are automatically enrolled in the new scheme. They will receive a letter shortly from their Licensed Providers to confirm. All charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs which are currently responsible for paying water and/or sewerage charges must apply for the new Scheme, but have till March 2016 to be included for help with their 2015-16 bills. Further information on the new Scheme and the transitional measures for those that have benefited from the Scheme that ends on the 31 March 2015 are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/waterindustryscot/watercharges