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Water on benefits 11 Feb 2018 20:33 #6139

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To be honest here I have never actually EVER paid for water, I put all letter that are not brown into the bin.

I am finding it difficult to know roughly what a single person in a flat would pay, I know there are meters nowadays but I just cannot fathom what I would be paying.

The reason is I am doing a calculation for a average person single person 25 and over and would like to know how it would pan out if I added water to the equation.
JSA                                          £73.00 pw

Gas and Electric                  £20.00 pw

Rates                                    £3.50 pw

Water                                      ? pw

Budgeting loan                 £7.50 pw      

Internet/phone                  £5.00 pw

Sundries                            £8.00 pw

Travel to job centre           £5.00

Tobacco                              £5.00

Total so far £49 leaving £23 per week for food that is without water anything I might have missed out apart from emergencies and finding a extra  £5.00 for travel should they secure a job opportunity.
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Water on benefits 12 Feb 2018 07:27 #6140

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For a person Like me with a water meter, it works out at around £12 a month.
Meters are much cheaper for a single person, For a Family with kids would be a nightmare.
And you can cut costs with a meter, :)
Collect rainwater to flush the bog, shower once a week if you need it or not;
Wash small amounts of clothing by hand as washing machines use tons of water [And electricity].
I always look for ways to cut costs. ;)
Been a Few Places; Done a Few Things
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Water on benefits 12 Feb 2018 14:12 #6143

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In Scotland dboy water rates/charges are added to our Council Tax. So a % of that is calculated into what we pay monthly/annually. But Scotland does not charge people for water metres/usage, but for the maintenance and the pipes to our homes etc...
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 10:59 #6157

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united utilities rinse me for £60 quid a month and i have no arrears.
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 14:20 #6162

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evander wrote:
united utilities rinse me for £60 quid a month and i have no arrears.
Wow, i looked on my supplier severn trent and it looks around 800 a year but i thought there might be a reduction for unemployed, but no only for those in special circumstances but if your figure is that and your unemployed then how the heck if i add that to my math could I eat :unsure:
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 15:04 #6164

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if you dont own your own place i would carry on as you are because by law they cant turn domestic supplies off and they cant take you to court and put a charge on the property if you dont own it and if you ever do contact them for whatever reason do not let them know you are in receipt of benefits as they can and will apply to the dwp to take massive payments from your benefit even if it means leaving you with hardly anything left to live on
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 15:05 #6165

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It`s shocking what is going on down there (England I mean) that water companies can hold people to account if they can`t afford water. I`m sure the last time I checked our water charges were something like £119 a year? But those are discounted through the council tax and what we pay relating to income. Our CT didn`t rise last year, but fully expecting it to this year due to council cuts. It`s dire what`s going on. People are demanding higher pay, but at the same time, services are crashing under pressure.
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 15:31 #6167

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comply or die wrote:
It`s shocking what is going on down there (England I mean) that water companies can hold people to account if they can`t afford water. I`m sure the last time I checked our water charges were something like £119 a year? But those are discounted through the council tax and what we pay relating to income. Our CT didn`t rise last year, but fully expecting it to this year due to council cuts. It`s dire what`s going on. People are demanding higher pay, but at the same time, services are crashing under pressure.
Yep and with rocketing food and good prices, my local Tesco has at least added 10%-20% on too all its food products in the last few weeks.

And benefits remain frozen.until 2020 I think but how the heck can a single person on JSA survive if you look at my weekly outgoings and factor in water.

That is why I do not pay water nor council tax, I cannot pay debts is different to wont pay debts let them take me to court.

I have nothing they can take away, i plan to have nothing in the future, hand to mouth but survive.

Happy with nothing, only thing I want is contentment and that means thinking differently and that costs nothing.
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 16:22 #6171

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dboy wrote: I cannot pay debts is different to wont pay debts let them take me to court.

That's exactly the point dboy. If people CAN`T pay based on their minimum income, they shouldn`t be paying at all. But yet they say council tax is not covered by benefits and everyone is expected to pay it? :huh: Maybe by standing at the end of the street with a cardboard sign saying, "can you help pay my council tax or I will be jailed`. It`s an absolute disgrace. It should be based on the ability to PAY, not drag people to court for non payment because they don`t HAVE the money. :angry:
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 16:51 #6172

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dboy wrote:
evander wrote:
united utilities rinse me for £60 quid a month and i have no arrears.
Wow, i looked on my supplier severn trent and it looks around 800 a year but i thought there might be a reduction for unemployed, but no only for those in special circumstances but if your figure is that and your unemployed then how the heck if i add that to my math could I eat :unsure:

dboy, there is a reduction for the unemployed as i contacted my supplier 18 months ago was paying £22 a month and now pay £10 so worth the conversation with your water company,i also live alone.
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Water on benefits 13 Feb 2018 17:07 #6173

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jobber wrote:
dboy wrote:
evander wrote:
united utilities rinse me for £60 quid a month and i have no arrears.
Wow, i looked on my supplier severn trent and it looks around 800 a year but i thought there might be a reduction for unemployed, but no only for those in special circumstances but if your figure is that and your unemployed then how the heck if i add that to my math could I eat :unsure:

dboy, there is a reduction for the unemployed as i contacted my supplier 18 months ago was paying £22 a month and now pay £10 so worth the conversation with your water company,i also live alone.
hmm maybe there different schemes for different areas, the only thing I could see was water sure or something but you needed to be in exceptional circumstances to be eligible, still that is good information if you are paying water on benefits and get a discount just by the fact.

I really do only look at dole letters I always throw anything else away, out of sight out of mind no worry less stress, they cannot imprison me, turn off my supply or any such nonsense only thing they could do is affect my non existent credit rating so I will never pay till the day they can extract it from my benefits without my permission.


I have no fear of debt collectors toothless as they are and bailiffs got nothing to take so I am better off not paying it......
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