Small charities can save on water charges

Skye and Lochalsh Council of Voluntary Services are encouraging all their member organisations to apply to a new Scottish Government scheme to exempt small charities from water and sewerage charges.

SLCVO chief development manager Meg Gillies said her own organisation stands to save about £700 per year through the scheme, which was announced on Monday of this week by infrastructure secretary Keith Brown.

She added: “This is a win-win for charities. As well as saving them money it is also an encouraging sign that more than lip service is being paid to investing in the third sector. We have sent this out to all our members and would urge them to apply.”

The scheme will mean that charities registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator 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 applying to the scheme was possible as of Monday. It will cost an estimated £6.5 million — £4.5 million from Scottish Water and the remainder from the Scottish Government.

Further information on the new Scheme and the transitional measures for those that have benefited from the old scheme that ends on the 31st March 2015 are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/waterindustryscot/watercharges