A new scheme launched by the Scottish Government will see more charities saving money on the water and sewerage services they use. OSCR, the charity regulator shared the news and link to the press release here.
Applications opened on 5th January 2015 to assist with the payment of water and sewerage charges for those charities owning property. Charities with an annual income of less than £200,000 will no longer need to pay such charges, and those with an income between £200,000 and £300,000 will pay a reduced rate. The new scheme therefore greatly increases the number of charities eligible for exemption, or for a reduction in charges.
Beneficiaries of the current scheme, which ends on 31 March 2015, are automatically enrolled in the new scheme and will shortly receive a letter from their Licensed Providers to confirm this. All charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs currently responsible for paying water and/or sewerage charges must apply for the new scheme but have until March 2016 to be included for help with 2015-16 bills.
Please note that the exemption scheme is not administered by the Scottish Charity Regulator. Prior to applying, it is also worth checking your Scottish Charity Register entry to check that your applicable year’s annual return and accounts have been checked by OSCR. For further information, or if you have a query, please contact the Scottish Government by email: SG Communications SGCommunications@scot.gov.uk or Annalena Winslow: firstname.lastname@example.org