A New Year boost for Scottish charities

Applications open for charges exemption scheme

Applications open today (5th January 2015) for a new scheme to assist eligible organisations with the payment of water and sewerage charges, helping charities and sports clubs across Scotland to keep more of the money they raise in 2015 and pay less on bills.

The Scottish Government scheme means that charities registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and Community Amateur Sports Clubs, which meet the scheme requirements and which have an income of less than £200,000 will no longer need to pay water and sewerage charges – and those with incomes between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate.

Beneficiaries of the current scheme that ends on 31 March 2015 are automatically enrolled in the new scheme. All charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs which are currently responsible for paying water and/or sewerage charges must apply for the new Scheme, but have till March 2016 to be included for help with their 2015-16 bills.

Further information on the new Scheme and the transitional measures for those that have benefited from the Scheme that ends on the 31 March 2015 are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/waterindustryscot/watercharges.