Rain Tax.

Is rain tax coming to Cornwall?

Is rain tax coming to Cornwall?

If you haven’t heard about ‘rain tax’, it refers to the new law being ushered in by Ofwat, which will force organisations to pay for the cost of draining water into public sewers according to their surface area. As you can imagine, there are numerous institutions for whom large surface areas are the norm, namely churches, schools, and sports centres – something we have a lot of in Cornwall.

As these are also institutions which are not known for making large profits, the plan has been greeted with firm opposition across the entire length of the country.

According to The Herald in Plymouth,  churches have seen bills “rocket from £80 to £800” and sports and social clubs are “facing increases of about 400%” in areas where it has already come in.

South West Water has yet to change the way it charges for surface water drainage, but is looking to move over to the new system “in the near future”.

This table shows typical costs.

Charging Band Chargeable
Area
Surface
Water
Highway
Drainage
total
(m2) (£) (£) (£)
1 0-124 49 49 98
2 125-299 122 122 244
3 300-649 273 272 545
4 650-1,499 617 616 1,233
5 1,500-2,999 1,290 1,290 2,580
6 3,000-6,999 2,868 2,867 5,735
7 7,000-11,999 5,448 5,448 10,896
8 12,000-17,999 8,603 8,602 17,205
9 18,000-24,999 12,330 12,330 24,660
10 25,000-49,999 21,506 21,506 43,012
11 50,000-74,999 35,843 35,843 71,686
12 75,000-99,999 50,181 50,180 100,361
13 100,000-124,999 64,518 64,518 129,036
14 125,000-149,999 78,856 78,855 157,711
15 150,000+ 81,447 81,446 162,893

A protest group has been set up at: www.dontdrainus.org

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