In broad terms the new scheme will allow a reduction of up to 25% of water charges for households with two or more adults resident that are in receipt of Council Tax Benefit. It is intended that the cost of the new reduction scheme will be met by the abolition of the existing discounts on water charges available to second homes and empty dwellings.
The new reduction is graduated to reflect entitlement to a Council Tax Reduction and is calculated on the same daily basis as a Council Tax Reduction. If a household with two or more adults is in receipt of full 100% Council Tax Reduction, then the full 25% water reduction will apply.
The formula used to calculate the reduction percentage is: 0.25 x (CTR/CTAX)
Once the percentage is worked out, this is multiplied by the gross water and/or sewerage charge to calculate the reduction amount for the period in question.
Current Single Person/Status Discounts
There is no change to the award of water and sewerage discounts for households in receipt of a Single or Status discount. The existing discount of 25% will continue to apply to their water and sewerage charges.
The current water and sewerage discount for all second homes and empty dwellings is to be abolished.
In Dumfries and Galloway most second homes and empty dwellings currently attract a discount of 10%. However there are still some which qualify for a 50% discount. These include purpose built holiday homes, job-related dwellings, dwellings undergoing extensive repair and dwellings which less than 6 months have elapsed since the last period of occupation.