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Toilet tax changes - huge increases for some families

Thu, 23 Oct 2014


Plans to overhaul the "toilet tax" have generated mixed reactions.

If Tynwald grants approval the flat fee charge of £100 for next year (currently £50) would be scrapped and people would be charged depending on the rateable value of their property.

This could mean that some families could see their charge rise from the current £50 to over £150.

Politicians have claimed that this new regime simply replaces one unfair system with another unfair system.

These charges were announced on the same day the DOI announced more parking charges for the Capital.

The new sewerage charge proposed by the MUA will see properties with a higher ratable value paying more - however in the Tynwald debate it was pointed out that a large country house could be paying less rates than a small property in the town. This system ultimately is going to hit the already squeezed working class.

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