in most need and not something that merely pays lip service to the problem.
COSLA also criticised Ross Finnie, minister for environment and rural
discuss the issue.
In a letter to the minister today COSLA's finance spokesperson Andy White
raises fundamental concerns that COSLA has in relation to water and sewerage
The move follows Friday's leaders meeting at which it was decided to write
to the minister to seek another meeting in order that areas of concern can
Describing the executive's proposals as flawed, Andy White
explains: 'COSLA does not accept the executive's way forward on the whole
area of water sewerage charges as outlined in their consultation paper
'Short Term Billing and Collecting.'
'Our concerns surround three main issues. Firstly and most importantly, we
would like to see a water rebate scheme that benefits those in most need of
help and not something that merely pays lip service to the problem. The
Executive's proposals are plainly not of benefit to those in low-income
households. COSLA would like to see people who are on lower incomes, living
in properties in the lower council tax bands benefiting.'
'Secondly there is the issue about the future of billing and collection of
water and sewerage charges which has been the subject of a consultation for
'Our third concern and something that we see as an issue for discussion is
the harmonisation of domestic water and sewerage charges across Scotland as
the three existing water authorities move to one.'
Cllr White continued: 'I have clearly outlined COSLA's concerns to
the minister and I hope to meet with him as soon as possible to discuss
things further. However previous meetings to discuss the issue with us have
been postponed and cancelled on several occasions. I can only hope that
this request for a meeting does not meet a similar fate.'