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Sewage scheme will leave charities flush

Published: 29 Dec 2015 00:01

Applications open for scheme that’s already saved good causes £4 million.

Applications are now open for the 2016-17 financial year scheme that enables charities and community amateur sports clubs across Scotland to keep more of the money they raise in 2016 and pay less on bills.

Launched last year, the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme has so far in 2015-16 helped over 7,400 charities and sports clubs to save over £4 million.

The Scottish Government scheme means that charities registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and Community Amateur Sports Clubs, which meet the schemes requirements and which have an income of less than £200,000 do not need to pay water and sewerage charges. Those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate. Such charities and community amateur sports club must apply to retain their exemption from April 2016.

Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs must apply each year to the Scheme. Applications can now be made for the 2016-17 Scheme. Applications for 2015-16 can continue to be made up until 31 March 2016.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Mr Brown said:

"Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs make a vital contribution to the well-being of communities across Scotland. I am delighted that more than 7,400 of these good causes have already benefited from more than £4m in savings, and I want to see even more benefit from next year's scheme.

"This scheme means eligible charities, with an income of less than £200,000 do not have to pay anything. This means that more of their money can be invested in supporting the valuable services they provide.

"As such, I urge all charities and community amateur sports clubs to check their eligibility and to apply as soon as possible for the 2016-17 Scheme.

"In addition, the 2015-16 scheme still remains open to applications until 31 March 2016 and I would remind all charities and community amateur sports clubs to check whether they are eligible for this scheme too."

Notes to editors

Further information on the exemption scheme is available at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/waterindustryscot/watercharges/exemptionscheme

Alternatively, charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs can contact their Licensed Provider.