Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (436)

Barry Cowen

Question:

436. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding unpaid water charges due to local authorities in the context of the transfer of functions to Irish Water; if the unpaid charges will be paid to local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4920/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Irish Water has agreed in principle to take over the net realisable non-domestic water debtor figure at the end of 2013, the value of which is to be based on a set of criteria that will be applied by each Local Authority to the customer balance as at 31 December 2013. A working group representative of my Department, the Water Services Transition Office (WSTO) and Irish Water was established to agree the appropriate criteria, and there are now being applied by Local Authorities as part of their preparation of the Annual Financial Statement. Once a value can be attributed to the net realisable debt, it will be included in the process of transferring assets and liabilities to Irish Water.