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Good news! Anyone who paid water charges will be refunded before Christmas

Good news! Anyone who paid water charges will be refunded before Christmas

All those who paid water charges will be refunded before Christmas, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised.

Mr Varadkar said in an interview with the Sunday Independent that they are “gearing up to do that”.

“I anticipate that everybody will have their money back before the end of the year” he said.

The expected cost of refunding every household who paid water charges bill will be €170 million.

Mr Varadkar said refunds will begin before the Budget 2018 in October, adding that the money to refund people will not necessarily come from funds allocated in the budget.

Around one million households will benefit from the water charges refunds, with some receiving up to €325.

The exact process around how refunds will be calculated has not yet been announced.

People’s refunds may be smaller if they claimed the €100 water conservation grant. But as the conservation grant was not linked to payment of the water bills it may be complicated to discern who claimed the grant while paying water charges.