We already pay for water supply through the rates - 37% goes to water - but the government wants us to pay twice. Nobody will be exempt. Pensioners and families on low income or benefits will have to pay 75% of the bill.
A new water company is being formed. We expect it to be sold to big business. This charge is all about taking as much as possible from working people and using it to boost the bank accounts of wealthy shareholders.
In Britain the poll tax was defeated through non-payment. In the South their water charge was defeated through non-payment. There is no reason we can't do the same here.
For more information: Communities Against the Water Tax, 185 Clifton Park Avenue, Belfast BT14 6DT. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fight against the Water Charges
The fight against the Bin Charges
This edition is No85 published in March 2005