Empty properties to be charged for water services
The Scottish Government has announced the exemption from paying water service charges for vacant non-domestic properties will be removed. As of 1 April 2017, empty commercial properties will pay water service charges. Extra money raised as a result will be used to maintain the current freeze in business charges.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The introduction of these charges is on the basis that vacant properties benefit from water and sewerage services and should therefore pay for them. It is expected to generate some £15 million a year additional wholesale revenue for Scottish Water, allowing business charges to be frozen. Without such a move, charges would have to increase by 5% over the period to 2021.”
Ofwat has unveiled new standards aimed at protecting businesses, charities and public sector organisations when the English water market opens. The Scottish Government has also announced a consultation to modernise the basis upon which unmeasured charges are calculated.
How can you mitigate the cost impact of new water service charges?
Jean Waring-Thomas, Utilitywise commercial strategy consultant, comments, “The introduction of water service charges for vacant commercial properties is likely to affect a wide range of businesses with retail, office and industrial units. Businesses need to take action in advance of this change to cut wastage and reduce their water costs where possible.”
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